What to visit in Faial Island, Azores: The top sights

The places you can’t skip to visit on your Azores vacations to Faial Island

 

 

Featuring a bit over 15k inhabitants, Faial is an iconic island on what comes to volcanoes and landscapes. Home to the last volcanic eruption of the Azores, this Azores’ island offers amazing sites and pretty views to Mount Pico in the horizon.

 

Here’s the top 13 sights of Faial Island in the Azores.

 

 

Aerial view of the city of Horta, the capital of Faial Island in the Azores, Portugal.
Horta is the capital of Faial Island

Downtown Horta in Faial Island, Azores

Stroll around Horta’s historical streets and behold the beauty of the old world architecture of the Azores. Horta, the capital of Faial Island, offers superb views over the neighboring island of Pico from where Mount Pico magnificently stands out. Most of Faial’s hotels are located in downtown Horta, so if you choose to stay there you’ll be gifted with this incredible view every morning. From the historical buildings in town we highlight the São Salvador Church and the Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church, easily recognizable by their iconic architectural features. 

 

 

Peter Cafe Sport in Faial island, Azores.
The coolest bar in town

Peter Café Sport in Faial Island, Azores

The most famous and coveted bar in town is Peter Café Sport and its history makes it a mandatory place to visit while in Faial Island in the Azores. Initially a traditional craft shop and later a sports bar, it became what it is today when the English ship HMS Lusitania II of the British Royal Navy anchored in Horta after being hit by a depth bomb in 1939. Horta was already an important stopping point for vessels crossing the Atlantic and still is nowadays. Read more about Peter Café history here, but take our advice and don’t skip a visit and try their signature drink: their famous gin.

 

 

The Porto Pim beach in Faial Island in the Azores, Portugal is one of the favorite swimming areas of locals and visitors alike.
One of the most coveted beaches in Faial Island 

Porto Pim in Faial Island, Azores

The Porto Pim bay is one of the most popular swimming areas of the Azores and a favorite amongst Faial inhabitants and visitors alike. The calm and clear crystal waters beach surely invites for a relaxing afternoon at the beach! It is sheltered by the Monte da Guia, a volcanic crater that is attached to the island, which you can access to the top for the most amazing panoramic views over the bay and Horta. 

 

 

Genuino Restaurant is owned by the first portuguese main to sail the world solo. The restaurant is located in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
Genuíno Madruga is a local celebrity 

Genuíno Restaurant in Faial Island, Azores

Another place sailing-connected in the island is the Genuíno Restaurant, owned by a local who was the first Portuguese man to sail the world solo. Once he returned to Faial, he opened a themed restaurant that is a living-museum of its iconic adventure. Aside from the great food and ambience, the restaurant offers a privileged view over the Porto Pim beach. 

 

 

Monte da Guia is a volcanic cone attached to the city of Horta in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
A different perspective of Monte da Guia 

Monte da Guia in Faial Island, Azores

Head to the top of Monte da Guia for the best panoramic aerial view over the Porto Pim bay and the city of Horta as a background. Continue to go up to fully appreciate the beauty and shape of Monte da Guia.

 

 

Viewpoint overlooking the city of Horta in Faial Island in the Azores, Portugal.
What a panoramic view of Faial's capital 

Nossa Senhora da Conceição Viewpoint in Faial Island, Azores

This viewpoint is one of the most popular in Faial. It offers a clear and panoramic view over the city of Horta with Monte da Guia, from where you can perfectly see that the Monte is a shelter of the city. Nature really knew its way in the Azores. 

 

 

Horta marine in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
Faial Island is most famous as a port

Horta’s Marine in Faial Island, Azores

Horta’s marine is the most popular of the Azores due to its geographical importance for ships crossing the Atlantic and for sailors, but also because of its iconic look. Nobody really knows how the tradition of painting the walls of the marine started, but it is said to give good luck to the seafaring souls who’re about to go on their journey. 

 

 

The village of Ribeirinha in Faial Island, Azores is an attraction due to the ruins of an earthquake occured in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
The ruins of the São Mateus Church in Ribeirinha 

Ribeirinha Village in Faial Island, Azores

An earthquake occurred on July 9 1998 destroyed a major part of the village of Ribeirinha. The symbol of this natural disaster is the Ribeirinha lighthouse which was not rebuilt with the purpose of serving as a memoir -- it is now one of the most popular attractions in the island of Faial in the Azores. Another highlight in Ribeirinha is the São Mateus church, as shown in the photo.   

 

 

The typical old windmill on Faial island in the Azores, Portugal.
Another island dotted with red-turneted windmills 

Windmills of Faial Island, Azores

Built in the 19th century, Faial’s red dotted windmills are Portuguese and Flemish-influenced. 

 

 

Almoxarife beach in Faial island has black sand and an amazing view to Pico Island and Mount Pico. Azores, Portugal, Europe.
Beach with a view 

Almoxarife Beach in Faial Island, Azores

Another local favorite is the Almoxarife beach and the photos really prove why. Presentations are dismissed! 

 

 

Capelinhos volcano in Faial Island in the Azores, Portugal.
A show-stopping sight 

Capelinhos Volcano in Faial Island, Azores

Visit and walk amongst the volcanic paths of the Capelinhos Volcano, the last eruption of the Azores Islands (1957). See for yourself the result of the rage and power of Nature and behold the beautiful creation out of that. Don’t skip a visit to the Interpretation Center of the Capelinhos, located on the underground of the Capelinhos lighthouse in order to respect the natural landscape born out of the eruption. Read more about the Capelinhos volcano here. 

 

 

Norte beach in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
Another great beach in Faial Island

Norte Beach in Faial Island, Azores 

This beach deserves a highlight and a visit by its gorgeous surroundings: the green hill sheltering it is incredible. 

 

 

Caldeira do Faial in Faial Island, Azores, Portugal.
The volcanic crater of Faial Island in the Azores

Caldeira do Faial, Azores

Alongside the Capelinhos Volcano, the Caldeira do Faial is another ex-libris of the volcanic activity in Faial Island. The crater is quite different from its homologues across the other islands of the Azores, with tall green walls and small lakes. One of the most popular hiking trails in Faial Island is the “Volta à Caldeira”, but just from the viewpoint on the site you’re able to get a perfect view of this iconic landscape of the Azores. 

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