It’s a fact: the best way to get to know the Azores is on foot. Almost everything that’s good about the islands can be found while walking:
HIKING IN FAIAL
Various options to choose from depending on your level and interests
Cross paths with locals who are farming or tidying up the garden, or, if it’s harvest time, making wine.
You can hear and identify the birds that live in the archipelago, and you may come across Europe’s smallest bird, the Estrelinha (Regulus regulus).
We can climb volcanoes and descend craters while talking about the formation of the islands and their geological aspects.
And if you’re in the right place at the right time, you might even be invited to lunch of Espírito de Santo soup, where you sit down at the table to celebrate one of the Azores’ oldest traditions.
This circular trail, through the highest areas of Faial, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire island and the interior of the Caldeira.
ROCHA DA FAJÃ TREK
We’ll use an old path to access one of the most beautiful beaches on the island! When we arrive, we notice that the green of the mountain joins the black of the basalt sand washed by the deep blue of the ocean, a dramatic and passionate scene.
LEVADAS & CABEÇO DOS TRINTA
Long channels were built to transport water to specific locations on the island and to produce electricity. Today, in addition to water, they also guide us through the mythical Cryptomeria forest. A walk through beautiful landscapes and a tunnel that ends in the heart of a forgotten crater.
This walk from Caldeira to the Capelinhos volcano turns out to be the best opportunity to get to know the different habitats on the island. It’s a walk for nature lovers and for those who are used to long walks of over 20km.
MONTE DA GUIA & MONTE QUEIMADO
Probably the largest natural garden in Horta! A trail that takes you out of the city and into the countryside in less than a minute. We’ll pass by viewpoints where we can take photos of endemic species, with Porto Pim beach or the city as a backdrop. So many stories to tell from these two “hills”.