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Faial Holidays

The volcanic island of Faial is part of the Azorean Archipelago and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon is 1,600 km away. Centrally located in the Azores it’s also famous as the Blue Island and is lush with Hydrangeas in summer months. Its terrain is hilly and Cabeço Gordo is its highest point at 1,043 metres. Holidays to Faial will thrill you and you’ll return with fond memories.

About Faial 

Part of the Portuguese Archipelago of Azores, Faial is a centrally located island with a modest population of 15,000 and is dominated by the magnificent Cabeço Gordo Mountain and caldera (Crater Lake). Over the centuries it has seen battles, great prosperity as well as economic crises. It is today one of the most visited spots in the Azores partly due to its huge Marina that attracts sporting fishermen from all over.

Cheap Faial Holidays with ZipHolidays

There are several reasons why you should go to the Portuguese Island of Faial on holidays with your family. Spellbinding landscapes, fine architecture and welcoming people make holidays to Faial a memorable proposition and we at recommend several cheap packages for people with budget constraints and premium packages for a luxurious stay. Our simple interface helps you choose the right deal in a matter of minutes.

International dialling codes

00 is the international prefix to dial outside of U.K.
351 is the international code to dial to Portugal.
Area codes used for Azores are 292/ 295/296
Followed by the number you wish to dial.

Currency comparison on holidays to Faial

On Faial holidays, it’s useful to know local currency conversions vis-à-vis the G.B.P.

One Euro (€) equals 0.861 G.B.P. or one G.B.P. equals 1.160 Euros.

Culture, Events and Festivals on Faial holidays

People on the island also have a deep love for music like all Azoreans but music on Faial is more distinctive and has a charm of its own. Typical balhos include the Chamarrita and Pezinho. Musicians on the island join together in Horta to honour St. Cecelia, patron saint of musicians.
Sea week – A full week in August when the port is full of ships displaying colourful flags and sails, and visitors on holidays to Faial enjoy folk music and dance performed by the island’s artists. It’s also the venue for an exciting regatta on the Pico-Faial channel.
June 24th is when the festival of St. John is celebrated with great vigour.
Our Lady of Concerns fest is the island’s largest religious fest and people on the island have celebrated it for a very long time.
Festival of the Holy Ghost is also celebrated by people on the island.

General Tips on your holidays to Faial

The Azorean islands have a low crime rate and hospitable people so Faial holidays are very safe for the family.
Make sure you carry lots of small bills on Faial holidays as smaller bars/restaurants and shops might not accept cards, though bigger establishments and car rentals do. A typical three course meal would cost around 15-20 euros. Some banks have English speaking staff. If you wish to stay on these beautiful islands for more than three months you would require a residence permit. Pharmacies generally remain open from 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm on weekdays.
Dial 115 in an Emergency.
Electricity: 220/110 v AC, 50Hz. Plugs - round two-pin.
People with disabilities: Unfortunately, the terrain isn’t suitable for people with disabilities, and wheelchair access to hotels and restaurants on Faial holidays is difficult.
Do ask people for permission to take snaps.
Laws forbid topless sunbathing on holidays to Faial.
Tips or gifts are accepted for service in bars/restaurants. A 5% tip would be appropriate on Faial holidays.
Please do not buy souvenirs made from parts of sea creatures.
Tap Water: Tap water is ok for brushing one’s teeth but it’s wise to drink bottled water. Avoid drinking from springs, rivers and lakes on Faial holidays.

British Consulate General in Faial

The honorary British Consulate can be reached at -

Rua Domingos Rebelo, 43A
9500-234 Ponta Delgada
São Miguel
Tel: (+351) 296 283 786
Fax: (+351) 296 628 175
Since they do not handle passport queries, the UK Passport Service in Madrid should be contacted.
For out of office hours emergency assistance on your Faial holidays, dial (+351) 21 392 4000 to contact the Consulate for detailed information.
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