Cross the four mile channel which separates the islands of Faial and Pico, and you arrive in Horta, the island’s capital and the liveliest and most eye-catching town of the Azores. It is a haven for yachtsmen and whale watchers, filled with colourful yachts which stop here during their voyage across the North Atlantic. The bustling international atmosphere is characteristic to Horta, where yachtsmen, visitors and locals swap dreams and adventures over a beer or coffee.


Faial was the last location of major volcanic activity in the Azores, when Capelinhos erupted (1957-58), adding 1km of land to the island. Today, you can visit the site, it’s interactive museum and marvel at the power of the eruption which engulfed a whole village in 5m of volcanic ash. This area, resembling the surface of the moon, is in stark contrast to the hydrangea-lined lanes of the rest of the island.
A visit to the crater of Monte da Guia above Horta and a climb to the Whaler’s Chapel offer a spectacular view of Faial and Pico. Descending from here to the bay of Porto Pim, a sandy beach and safe blue sea awaits you.
Have a gin and tonic in Horta's world famous bar, Peter's café sport, and swap stories with yachtsman from all over the world. Walk round the crater at the top of the island and gaze down into the floor, a dazzlingly 1000 feet below.


Originally, Faial was best known for whale watching and diving. However, in more recent years the options for fun and interesting things to see and do has increased considerably and we are able to offer many options for exciting days exploring the highlights of both land and sea.


Faial's accommodation is concentrated round the pretty coast. Horta offers lots of choice of hotels, self catering apartments and guesthouses while there are some lovely traditional stone cottages to rent in its pretty coastal villages.

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