Relax and Unwind
Sea, nature, balance, tranquility… The Azores are a place where time stops
and you can reconnect with the rhythms of nature. In Faial, you will find space for yourself
and time to enjoy the best that these islands have to offer.
10 Experiences to relax in Faial
You don’t need to blaze trails, climb mountains or hike over rocks to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Faial. In every parish, on every road and at every bend, there is a beautiful path that you can walk along, with the surrounding islands (Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa), the Caldeira, the sea, the coastal cliffs, the forests, or the pastures as a backdrop.
Enjoy our sea
Floating, swimming or diving in the Azores Sea is a revitalizing experience. The feeling of being in the water, on an island in the middle of the Atlantic, surrounded by a deep crystal blue, watching the crystal clear rocks at the bottom and the fish swimming, is really relaxing and unforgettable. During the bathing season, the sea water has a temperature between 22ºC and 25ºC, which is ideal to just linger in.
Release endorphins and adrenaline
Practicing a stimulating activity, which releases endorphins and adrenaline, is an excellent way to relax and feel the harmony of body and mind. Among the several activities available, we recommend: horseback riding, running on Horta avenue or on the trails, whale watching, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Take breaks: you are in Azores.
If you really want to relax and unwind, we recommend you don’t come with time constraints and tight schedules. Take time to do nothing. Just stop and watch the beautiful sunsets, lie on the grass or sand, and watch the clouds go by (they are amazing here). Or in the evening relax under the stars to the sound of the cagarros (Cory’s shearwaters).
Enjoy the local cuisine
There’s nothing more relaxing and satisfying than a good meal accompanied by a good wine. Discover the wonders of Azorean gastronomy in the many restaurants in Faial serving fish from our coastal waters, meat from our pastures, vegetables from our land, and wines from our wineries.
Go for a bike ride
A bike ride to admire the landscapes can be an excellent option for those who want to move a little, but calmly. Some lodges have bicycles available, or you can rent them. For those who prefer this option, electric bicycles can also be rented.
Spend the day in the Forest Parks
There are 3 Forest Parks in Faial, where you can walk through the woods, enjoy the views from the belvederes, have a barbecue or a picnic, spread a blanket on the grass and relax, read a book, listen to the sound of birds, meditate, do yoga…
Take a walk through the city of Horta
The city of Horta is an excellent place for a stroll. Formed around two bays and with breathtaking views of the island’s mountain and the island of Pico, just in front, it is a city punctuated by parks and wooded squares, museums, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Here you will feel the cosmopolitan vein of what Pedro da Silveira called “the largest small city in the world”.
For those who like the sea, this is an excellent activity to leave your problems, worries, and stresses behind. You can sail for half a day or even for a week. Ready to set sail?
Enjoy an evening drink
In the afternoon, the evening or at night, you can enjoy the cosmopolitan environment of the city of Horta and have a drink in one of the city’s bars. Be sure to try the Azorean white wines, liqueurs and brandies from Pico, or Peter’s Gin. If you are alone, don’t worry, this is a land of travelers and you will certainly be welcomed.
Hotels and accommodation for those who want to disconnect
Waking up to the sound of birds, opening the window to the sea or to the mountain, leaving the room to walk along trails, discovering charming places where you can disconnect from the world and connect with nature and yourself:
Quinta da Meia Eira: located in an organic farm, with a greenhouse-heated swimming pool and panoramic sea views
Quinta das Buganvílias: charming traditional farm with mazes of gardens filled with flowers and fruits that are used for breakfast.
Quinta do Torcaz: charming and cozy accommodation overlooking Pico and surrounded by nature.
Azul Singular: othe only “glamping” site in Faial and the first in the Azores. Stay in a charming tent-bungalow or yurt, surrounded by an exotic palm forest.
Patio Horse & Lodge: this sustainable accommodation offers the tranquility of green nature, surrounded by beautiful horses and the endless blue Atlantic.
Casa do Capitão: ffers comfort and charm in traditional houses, built in volcanic stone, surrounded by fields, threshing floors, fruit trees and beautiful gardens.
Casas D’arramada: tourism in a rural space that blends the rustic and the modern, with lots of comfort and charm. It has an indoor pool, games room, and a view of nature.
Estrela do Atlântico: an oasis in the middle of the city of Horta that combines the tranquility of nature, evident in its beautiful garden, with a location right in the city center.