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.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton
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