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Ferries to Faial

Faial is the third most populous island in the Azores archipelago and is known locally as ‘The Blue Island’ due to the hydrangeas covering its hilly landscape.

However, the most dominating feature is a magnificent volcanic crater called ‘the Caldeira', measuring 1,043 metres high, 1.5 kilometres wide and 400 metres deep.

On the west coast, you will find the Ponta dos Capelinhos lava fields and the ruins of an old lighthouse which resulted from the 13 month-long eruption in 1957.

Most of Faial's ports offer excellent conditions for windsurfing, whale watching and sports fishing, with big game species such as blue marlins and bluefish tuna regularly caught in the high seas.

The small town of Horta’s marina was built in 1876 and is the fourth most visited in the world due to its prime location between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The port’s sea wall is decorated with hundreds of colourful paintings and calling cards left by visiting yachters. Also, the scrimshaw museum is now a mandatory point of reference for trans-Atlantic sailors.

The town itself is one of the most lively and eye-catching in the archipelago, boasting a cluster of convivial bars and cafes frequently visited by storytelling sailors.

Horta becomes even more vibrant during the ‘da Nossa Senhora das Angustias Festival’ when a large procession fills the streets in celebration of the sixth Sunday after Easter.

Characteristic of all the Azores Islands, the cuisine on Faial centres on fresh seafood. Stewed octopus in wine with locally baked cornbread is a local favourite and a cream-filled pastry called ‘Fofas do Faial’ is a popular dessert.

You can sail to the Port of Horta from the Azores Islands of Flores, Sao Miguel, Terceira, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Santa Maria. With at least one crossing provided every week, exploring this beautiful archipelago couldn’t be easier.

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Faial reviews

  • "Good experience"

    The trip itself went relatively well. However, there were some problems with functioning of the website and for a week we could not buy the tickets because the website was not active (in May). I strongly recommend reminding/explaining foreign tourists the car license issues. While buying the ticket online for some reasons there was no option for "car registration/licence no. is unavailable at the moment" or something like this in the beginning of purchasing process. Then it appeared. When we came in a rented car to get the tickets in Madalena, the staff member at the ticket office did not ask us for the car registration number, so we went to the ferry and got to Horta with no car registration number on the tickets but, going back we experienced a big stress, when almost 5 minutes to the departure of the ferry we were told that our tickets are not valid for this car, though we had come without any problems to Horta already. Your staff at the ticket office should be careful. But generally we found this way of moving to Horta and back to Madalena very good.

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  • "Booking Atlanticoline with Direct Ferries"

    Booking with Direct Ferries resulted in major issues which we have had to rectify while on holiday. The Direct Ferries website failed to include a car on the selected ferry crossing. When I contacted Direct Ferries to request that a car be included, I was informed that they would address this within the next 24 hours. I did not hear from Direct Ferries until one week later, shortly before our departure for the Azores, to inform me, as I was already aware, that a car was not included in the booking 2. When I attempted to rearrange the booking, once on the Azores, it transpired that Direct Ferried, despite confirming the booking for the 7th August, had in fact booked the outgoing journey for the 22nd July. Since this date had now passed I had to forfeit the cost of this booking and rebook for the correct date. I was fortunate to be able to include a vehicle in this booking but had to rearrange to a 7.30am crossing which was far from convenient. I will be raising these issues with Direct Ferries on my return to the UK. My advice to other travellers in the Azores would be to book directly with Atlanticoline who proved to be very efficient and helpful while trying to rectify the problems, and on our first crossing the service was excellent

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  • "wonderfull journey"

    departure right on time and quick checkinn. that is something your rarely see when travelling by plane. pleasant and beautifull trip sitting on deck with a Nice sunshine seeing all the islands by. What more can jou wish. Only thing to improve is the lunch and diner. Food is good but it is serves in a short periode so the line up is long. Sometimes to long. Why not a buffet??

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