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Faial: A Secret Island in the Atlantic - if you've been to the Azores, to the main island of Sao Miguel. Dare to go deeper off the beaten path to  Faial, to be welcomed into a world of pure magic and endless intrigue.  Known as "The Blue Island" Faial is mystery, cosmopolitan mecca. It has withstood tumultuous seismic and volcanic activity for millennia. Today, its rolling cow pastures, rich sailing culture,-an authentic place relax & get away. down—with a native islander as your guide.

Faial: A Secret Island in the Middle of the Atlantic

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Torre do Relógio, Faial - Açores, Portugal

Torre do Relógio, Faial - Açores, Portugal

"What to do in the Azores: Faial Island" is the seventh installment of a series of nine blog posts about the Azores islands. The posts are meant to give you a detailed overview of each one of them to help you plan your trip, whether you decide to visit one, two, or all nine.

Faial Azores: tips on planning your trip

"What to do in the Azores: Faial Island" is the seventh installment of a series…

An abandoned home with a painted door. This forgotten property is found in the tiny seaside town of Faial da Terra. This small town is in the beautiful Azores Island of Sao Miguel

An abandoned home with a painted door. This forgotten property is found in the tiny seaside town of Faial da Terra. This small town is in the beautiful Azores Island of Sao Miguel-----------------My parent's hometown/village :)

Christmas Cave on Terceira Island Portugal, where we have happily been stationed for the past year and a half!

Christmas Cave on Terceira Island Portugal, where we have happily been stationed…

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Harbour and Town of Horta* Faial Island* Azores* Portugal places i visited

Flower festival, the Azores #Portugal they do this as a celebration for the assumption of Mary, which happens to fall on my birthday, August 15th. Every year my grandfather would come home from his summer trip and show me pictures of the "birthday celebration" that they threw for me!! I believed this until I was probably 11 or 12.

Flower festival, the Azores . Artwork tediously created with individual flower petals.

10 reasons you must visit the Azores. We stayed on Sao Miguel for a month and there is a lot to see and do - dolphins, volcanoes, haunted hotels... read more on our blog! This is a semi hidden secret of Portugal that you need to discover!

10 Reasons You Have to Visit the Azores

10 reasons you must visit the Azores. We stayed on Sao Miguel for a month and…

Traditional Windmill, Faial Island, Azores, Portugal

Traditional Windmill, Faial Island, Azores, Portugal

The city of Horta and the Porto Pim district. Faial, Azores islands, Portugal

The city of Horta and the Porto Pim district. Faial, Azores islands, Portugal

Caldeira Velha hot springs, São Miguel Island, Azores Portugal

Straight from Olympic gold to learn to surf with Lapoint in Portugal

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