Faial like the other Azores islands has its own uniqueness. Part of the central island group, Faial is dominated by its central volcanic mountain peak, from where views of Faial island and its immediate island neighbours (Pico and Sao Jorge) are gained.
Faial is home to the most recent (1957) and dramatic volcanic activity that has affected the islands in recent times. This has formed a landscape of great contrast to its older surroundings, and on walking upon displays the ultimate power of the planet within.
Faial is also famed for its harbour and marina in Horta, which has to be the most unique and colourful in the world. From the harbour, whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, trips to the neighboring islands of Pico and Sao Jorge can all be booked. If you are lucky you might even be able to sail on an old whaling boat.
For the active adventurer, Faial should be explored by bicycle/scooter and by foot. One of our favorite days in Faial was a grand tour of the island by scooter, which included the Caldeira, walking on land only 50 years old, and swimming/snorkeling in the sea. Read more about our Azores - Faial adventure.