Travel Guide Europe Portugal Azores Faial

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Introduction

Faial Island, is a Portuguese island of the Central Group of the Azores. With its nearest neighbours, Pico (east across the channel) and São Jorge (northeast across the channel), it forms an area commonly known as the Triangle.

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Geography

Along with other islands in the Azores archipelago, Faial is of volcanic origin and is close to the tectonic divide between the European and North American Plates. Indeed, the island can be considered (from a geophysical perspective) the westernmost point of Europe (the two islands west of Faial, Flores and Corvo, are already on the American plate).

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

  • Horta harbour - Scuba diving and whale watching tours are offered at Horta harbour by several tour operators.
  • Faial Caldera
  • Capelinhos volcano

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Weather

Faial has a very pleasant and moderate climate with hot weather or frosts (apart from the highest areas) almost unheard of. In general average summer temperatures (June-September) are around 24 °C to 26 °C during the day and 16 °C to 18 °C at night. In winter, daytime temperatures still average 16 °C to 18 °C degrees and rarely drop below 10 °C at night in most places. Rainfall is spread out evenly throughout the year, although the summer period of May to September is drier with average monthly rainfall of about 40 to 50 mm. During the wintermonths of November to March, 100 mm or more is normal.

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Getting There

By Plane

SATA Air Açores flies to/from Corvo Island, Flores Island, Ponta Delgada and Terceira. TAP Portugal flies to/from Lisbon.

By Boat

Transmacor offers several daily ferries to/from the island of Pico, which is just a short ride away.
Anlanticoline offers some ferries as well to Pico and onwards to São Jorge. In summer this ferry continues to Terceira, Graciosa and then back towards São Jorge, Pico and Faial again. Once weekly summer only there is nightly ferry to/from Flores.

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