July 19, 2019

Faial (Azores Part #2)

Time for the second part of our trip to the Azores. After five days on São Miguel we flew to Faial, which is much smaller and feels even more … distant … to the “civilized world”.

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The Azores have their own airline, called SATA, which connects some of the bigger islands using a couple of smaller turboprop machines. (Boy, these things are loud!). I was a bit afraid of the island hopping as I normally find airports quite stressful. Also returning the rental car and getting a new one on each island was not on my list of things I looked forward to…

However, as the airports are quite small, everything is quick and almost relaxing. Checking in typically only takes a couple of seconds and so does the security check. The same applies to baggage claim. And most times, the car rental lady waited for us and there was no queue… That day, I guess, it took 20 minutes after leaving the aircraft until we were sitting in the rental car.

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At the rest of that day, we visited a town called Horta and its sailing harbor, which is quite famous in the sailing community. Here, a lot of sailors that cross the Atlantic have a stop over, get new supplies, and paint pictures on the dock. Looking at these paintings was nice but, honestly, besides that Horta is not that interesting or scenic, to be honest.

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Day 7

Again time to get a bit sporty. We did a nice hike on the edge of an old volcano. That is a quite unique experience and the trail offers nice views down to the coast and into the crater. Unfortunately, the weather was not terribly good and the view was not as clear as you would like to have it. The trail is nice and for this reason highly recommended.

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Later that day we went to the Ponta dos Capelinhos, which is a moon like area created by a volcano eruption some decades ago. Very nice. There are also a couple of hiking trails which I think would have been nice to do.

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Day 8

At that day the air was super sticky and oppressive, which we only experienced once during the trip. Normally, if there is a bit of wind, it is really enjoyable outside as the Atlantic cools down the air a good bit. But as I said: not that day.

So we basically only visited the whaling museum in Horta and went to Peter's bar, which has decent food and Gin tonic, and called it a day =)

The whaling museum was interesting but I somehow was glad after we came out. If you imagine that hundreds of whales got “processed” here for things like oil (soap), fertilizer and animal feed, you get sick… Good that whales are only hunted with cameras on the Azores nowadays…

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Peter's bar with lots of sailing stuff going on.

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