Volcanos and Hydrangeas
Location: Ilha do Faial
Faial is known as “Ilha Azul” - the Blue Island - because of the hue of many of its countless hydrangeas. This is truly peaceful place of great natural beauty, with a long and rich cultural heritage.
The island was profoundly altered as late as 1957, when the last volcanic eruption in the Archipelago took place here, creating a sublime mixture of lava rock and exotic vegetation, making Faial ideal for hiking, walking and bird watching.
On a clear day, we can spot the 2,351-metre high volcano, Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain, on the neighbouring island of Pico.
Horta,on theeast coast, is Ilha´s hub with a population of around 7,000, set on a charming bay and surrounded by great natural beauty.