Known for its natural beauty and awarded in categories such as Sustainable Tourism or Adventure Tourism, the 9 islands of the Azores make up an archipelago of unique beauty, which has charmed both its visitors and locals for centuries.
Officially designated as The Autonomous Region of the Azores, this is a transcontinental archipelago of volcanic nature, as well as an autonomous territory of the Portuguese Republic, endowed with political and administrative autonomy, located in the Northeast Atlantic.
From a geographical point of view, the islands can be divided into three groups: the western group, consisting of the islands of Corvo and Flores; the central group, formed by the islands of Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Faial and Pico; and finally, the eastern group, composed of the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria. Its current population (2021 data) stands at approximately 236,657.
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Shaped like an irregular pentagon and covering 173.42 km2, Faial has a maximum length of 21 km and a maximum width of 14 km. Marked by the Caldeira volcanic cone and soft slopes disrupted by secondary volcanic formations, the island’s highest point is Cabeço Gordo, at an altitude of 1043 meters.
Faial is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in the centre of the Azores High. With waters warmed by the influence of the Golf Stream, it benefits from a temperate maritime climate, with no major temperature variations and an annual average of 24ºC. There are frequent showers followed by periods of sunshine, particularly between October and April.