After a 13 day passage, we spotted the tip of the volcano on Pico about 22 miles out. Just before heading into Horta harbor on Faial we snagged a fishing net on our prop and Jim had to dive overboard to free it. Faial is a beautiful island in this group, well, they all are beautiful. The harbor marina had been expanded so we got a slip for a few weeks and enjoyed the annual festival and the beauty of this place.
We toured the island by car one day and drove to the top of the main volcano and stood on the edge of the caldera.
The island is very fertile. Hydrangeas line the roads. During the festival the town mayor came down to our boat and gave us a gift of hydrangeas and a bottle of wine.
Old windmills everywhere, some have been turned into homes and B&Bs. Lovely stone cottages from another time....
The islands belong to Portugal and are predominantly Catholic.
Its traditional to paint your boat name on the docks in Horta. We had to tear ourselves away, but we weren't done yet. We anchored off Graciosa and hired a driver for the day to take us around the island. We went down a staircase to the center of a volcano.
Typical buildings in the Azores are Portuguese in origin, with black trim.