Faial attractions are amazing - All About Portugal
Faial attractions are mostly related to Nature. The breath-taking natural landscape is an invitation to relaxation.
On land or at sea, Faial Island is the perfect place to be in communion with nature. This is why I love to go for long walks every time I am in Faial.
My favourite Faial attractions
Every time I go to Faial there are a few places I visit for their amazing beauty and singularity. These are the ones I share with you below and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Porto Pim beach
The amazing Porto Pim beach is located on the southeast coast of the Island. What makes this beach of thin sands unique is the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The contrast between the deep blue waters of the bay and green of the Guia Mount that protects it is unmatchable. This is why I consider Porto Pim as one of the best Faial attractions. Besides, the calm waters of Porto Pim are perfect for diving and windsurfing.
Photo by Galeria de Zé Pinho
Caldeira rises imposing in the centre of the Island. It is definitely one of the major Faial attractions. In fact, Caldeira is the crater of the extinct volcano from which the Island was born. The highest point of the crater – and of the Island – is Cabeço Gordo with 1,043m. The crater has a diameter of about 1.5 km. When the weather permits it, you should not miss a walk around the crater rim. The view is absolutely incredible!
Capelinhos volcano and Interpretation Centre
These are one of the most remarkable Faial attractions. The volcanic eruption of Capelinhos in 1957 / 1958 was one of the most significant events of the Island. It lasted for 13 months. It increased the Island’s area and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 people. The landscape is unique. It looks like we are on the moon. Climbing the lighthouse’ stairs all the way up is well worth the effort as the view from the top is stunning.
Photo by Galeria de Eric-P
Capelinhos Interpretation Centre gives you an accurate image of what happened during the eruption. The 3D video on the eruption is remarkable.
To visit Faial and not going for a gin & tonic at Peter’s is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope! Peter’s is without a doubt one of the most cherished Faial attractions. This place is already legendary among yachtsmen from all over the world. Besides, Peter’s Museum, the Scrimshaw, is a wonderful testimony of way of life in the Island.
Faial Island is the perfect place to observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Whale watching is one of the main Faial attractions. Here it is possible to spot more than 24 species of cetacean.
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Photo by Galeria de sophietica