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Ilha do Faial

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Top sigths of Portugal

The majority of landmarks are located in the capital of the country - Lisbon and its suburbs. For more than 700 years Saint George's Castle, which is located on a high hill, has been the main symbol of the city. Starting from the 13th century it was used as a royal palace, nowadays one of its towers hosts an archive with important documents of the country level. Approximately one third of the castle was destroyed during the earthquake in 1755, so only the main wall and a couple of towers have survived until our days. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is not only a famous religious landmark, but also an important historical object. Many famous guests visited the monastery in the past, for example, Vasco da Gama, who prayed there before his famous travel to India. After the return of the famous explorer a church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built near the monastery. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is also the place of the burial of the royal family, and one of the monastery's buildings has been turned into marine and archaeological museums. … Open

Chapters of the guide to Ilha do Faial

Cuisine and top restaurants

You should taste local cheeses. There are different varieties of them on almost every island in the archipelago. Each of them is worthy of attention. Therefore, it is recommended to order assorted cheeses in a restaurant or buy local cheese in a store or market. Queijo fresco is especially delicious. This is a young soft type of cheese. It is served with a special sauce based on red paprika in the restaurant. It is … Open

Traditions and mentality of Ilha do Faial

Many residents are engaged in fishing or connect their lives with navigation today. Concrete breakwaters entirely scribbled and painted by sailors are one of the interesting traditions associated with the sea. It is believed that the inscription left on the wall in the port will bring good luck. Therefore, any vessel that reaches the Faial must be moored here. The people of Ilha do Faial love holidays. They … Open

Travel guide to Ilha do Faial

Ilha do Faial knows how to please fans of beachside recreation. The island has many picturesque coastal areas. Not far from Horta, there is an incredibly beautiful beach named Porto Pim. It is famous for its light sand that is absolutely not typical for the coast of a volcanic island. The beach is very calm and silent, and there are almost no strong waves there. Castelo Branco Beach is located in the bay with the … Open

Ilha do Faial for children - what to visit

The kids will be bored in this museum. However, you definitely need to walk with a small kid along a long road. It runs along the coast. The baby can sleep in a stroller in the shade of trees or explore nature with his parents and enjoy the beauty of the island. An unusual attraction of the port of Horta is the drawings. The crews of ships entering the port draw them. Children will be interested to view them, as … Open

Shopping, streets and outlets

You will find shops where you can buy even branded clothing and interesting jewelry in the center of Horta. There are also souvenir shops here. Many people come to the island in search of handicrafts of the Azores archipelago. The easiest way to find such products is to visit fairs. They are organized mainly during the holidays. Many interesting and even rare items can be found at flea markets. People spend hours … Open

Best beaches

Visitors to the island who wish to spend time in solitude should pay attention to the Salão Beach, the path to which also lies in the highlands. Given the remoteness of the beach and its inaccessibility, tourists are very rare there. However, the beach is very comfortable, quiet and clean, so it fits vacationers just perfectly. Another attractive secluded beach is Praia de Pedro Miguel. It’s perfect not only … Open

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