Discover one of the Azores’ most-popular islands on our Faial Island Getaway.

The Azorean island of Faial has held a bewitching fascination over visitors to its shores for over four hundred years.

Pioneering Flemish settlers chose to abandon their homeland in search of a new life in the mid-Atlantic. Spanish forces occupied the island in the 1500s – shortly followed by French and English pirates who frequently raided their treasure ships at anchor in Porto Pim Bay. Victorian telegraph magnates chose to build their grandiose headquarters on the island, and their ostentatious architecture still looks strangely out-of-place on this diminutive western outpost of Europe. For 20th century New England whaling fleets and trans-Atlantic sea plane pilots, Faial was a safe haven and crucial resupply point – and it continues to provide a home-from-home for present-day, 21st century yachtsmen.

Modern-day Adventurers can always be sure of a warm welcome on the island and the main town of Horta is our preferred base – staying at Hotel do Canal or self-catering at the Porto Pim Bay Apartments. You’ll become part of the island’s maritime-set with two trips to sea – whale watching in the Faial channel and exploring the island’s volcanic south coast on a sunset boat tour. Inland, you’ll learn of the more explosive side of the island’s history with visits to the beautiful Cabeco Gordo caldera and the infamous Capelinhos peninsula. You’ll also make the short hop over to the neighbouring island of Pico, learning about the Azores’ successful transition from whale hunting to whale tourism.

We’ve suggested a week’s stay – if you’re thinking of a longer holiday, it’s easy for us to combine our Faial Island Getaway with our Best of Sao Miguel holiday. Just fill out an enquiry form and we’ll do the rest.




You’ll begin your holiday by flying from the UK to the Azorean island of Faial, via Lisbon. You’ll be collected on arrival by our driver for your transfer into the main harbour town of Horta. For your first evening, there’s an excellent selection of restaurants and cafe bars within easy walking distance of your hotel – we’ll provide you with a handy online guide to eating out in Horta.
For your first morning on the island, we’ll include our guided walking tour of Horta – it’s a great introduction to the city, its layout and its history. Horta was once a crucial transatlantic hub between mainland Portugal and her colonies in Brazil. Modern-day Horta is a popular stop-over point for trans-Atlantic yachts, and it’s tradition for crews to paint a mural on the harbour wall before setting sail.
You’ll head to sea on a whale and dolphin watching trip. The seas around the Azores are one of the best places to observe cetaceans and ocean wildlife: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic-spotted dolphins and sperm whales can be seen throughout the year, with bigger migratory species such as blue and fin whales passing through in the spring.
You’ll explore Faial with our resident guide, with visits to the main Cabeço Gordo caldera and the Capelinhos peninsula: the site of the last major volcanic eruption on the island in 1958.
You’ll return to sea on our Capelinhos Ocean Tour, visiting the extinct Monte da Guia volcano, the sea caves at Ponta Furada, and Capelinhos. From this ocean viewpoint, you’ll see the full, erosive impact the wind and waves have on the volcanic landscape.
You’ll leave Faial today, taking the afternoon ferry from Horta to Madalena on the neighbouring island of Pico. Our driver will collect you on arrival, for the transfer to your new accommodation in the south coast village of Silveira.
You’ll explore Pico with our resident guide, with visits to the whalers museum in Lajes do Pico, Lagoa do Capitao, the lava cave at Gruta das Torres, and Pico’s UNESCO-protected vineyards.
You’ll be transferred to Pico airport for your flights home, via Lisbon.

£1800 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: international flights via Lisbon, accommodation in a twin/double en-suite room on a B&B basis, return airport transfers, a walking tour of Horta, a whale and dolphin watching trip, a full-day guided tour of Faial, a Capelinhos ocean tour, a ferry crossing from Faial to Pico, and a full-day tour of Pico.

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