Top Sights and Must-Visit Attractions In Faial Island

The Top Places to Explore on Your Faial Island Vacation in the Azores


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 of Mount Pico on the horizon.

Here are 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
Discover the vibrant capital of Faial Island, Horta

A Journey Through Faial Island's Historic and Picturesque Capital City

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's Cafe Whale Watching and Sport's Bar in Faial Island, the Azores, Portugal.
Meet Faial's most famous bar: Peter's Cafe Sport! 

Peter Café Sport: The Legendary Cafe That Has Been Welcoming Sailors

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.


Take a moment to unwind and soak up the stunning views of Porto Pim on Faial Island, Azores

Discover the Natural Beauty of Porto Pim: Faial Island's Hidden Gem in the Azores

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 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: The Living Legend of Faial Island, Azores

Genuíno Madruga: The Heart and Soul of Faial Island, Azores

Another place sailing connected on 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 ambiance, 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.
Explore the Natural Wonders of Monte da Guia: A Breathtaking Volcanic Landmark

Discover the Enchanting Beauty of Monte da Guia in Faial Island, Azores

Head to the top of Monte da Guia for the best panoramic aerial view over 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.
Admire the stunning panoramic view of Faial Island's capital city and its charming harbor

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Experience the Beauty of Faial Island from Above at Nossa Senhora da Conceição Viewpoint in 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’s marine is the most popular of the Azores due to its geographical importance for ships crossing the Atlantic and for sailors,
Discover the colorful charm of Horta Marine: a vibrant port city in Faial Island

Horta’s Marine: A Colorful Charm to Discover 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 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
The ruins of the São Mateus Church in Ribeirinha, Faial Island

Experience the Tranquility of Ribeirinha Village: A Hidden Gem in Faial Island, Azores

An earthquake that 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 on 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
Take a step back in time and explore the unique and fascinating windmills of Faial Island, Azores

Discover the Charming and Historic 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.
Unwind and soak up the sun at Almoxarife Beach, Faial Island's hidden gem

Discover the Natural Beauty and Serenity of Almoxarife Beach in Faial Island, Azores

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


Feast your eyes on the breathtaking landscapes of one of the Azores' most iconic destination

Capelinhos Volcano: A Powerful Reminder of Faial Island's Volcanic Past

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.


Norte Beach: A slice of paradise in Faial Island, Azores

Discover the Beauty of Norte Beach on Faial Island, Azores

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


Alongside the Capelinhos Volcano, the Caldeira do Faial is another ex-libris of the volcanic activity in Faial Island.
Explore the breathtaking volcanic crater of Faial Island in the Azores

Caldeira do Faial: A Stunning Volcanic Crater of Faial Island

Alongside the Capelinhos Volcano, the Caldeira do Faial is another ex-libris of volcanic activity on Faial Island. The crater is quite different from its homologs across the other islands of the Azores, with tall green walls and small lakes. One of the most popular hiking trails on 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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