From the lookout of Cabeço Gordo, the ground seems to slide softly until it levels out by the seaside, where a profusion of hydrangeas brings to land the colour of the sea, as if materializing a romance between the blue of the flowers and the green of the vegetation and pastures.

Faial island is a wonderful natural paradise. Nicknamed “the blue island”, not only for the beautifully painted houses but for the countless blooming hydrangea hedges that covers its land. The breathtaking view of the majestic Pico mountain on the neighboring island contributes to Faial’s uniqueness. The cape of Ponta dos Capelinhos is an impressive reminder of the 1957 volcanic eruption. Capital city Horta has a beautiful and colorful marina and old town, both steeped in history and a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Area: 173,1 km2   
Population: 15,038 inhabitants

Highlights: Horta City; Marina of Horta; Peter Café sport; Monte da Guia; Espalamaca Lookout; Ponta dos Capelinhos lighthouse; Holy Cross Fort; São Salvador Church; Fábrica da Baleia de Porto Pim; Peter’s Scrimshaw Museum; Caldeira; Horta Museum;


Like the other islands of the archipelago, a common dish for Faial is the stewed octopus in wine. In general, fish is a staple cuisine, especially when stewed or served in a broth. The local sausages are eaten as a meal when served with taro root or enjoyed just as a snack. The local recipe for boiled beef is prepared with pepper, cumin, and cinnamon to stiffen the broth and makes for a savory dish. Bread and corn cake are typically served during meals.

As for deserts, the Fofas do Faial are the traditional pastries of Faial island. These tasty treats include fennel seed and are filled with a cream made of egg yolks, milk, sugar, flour and lemon peel.

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