A small fajã from where one can see about twenty waterfalls, the biggest of which drops for 300 metres.
Home of the lake and parish of Furnas, the valley’s typical smell of sulphur and the boiling, smoking hot springs are secondary evidence of volcanic activity.
This is a semi-submersed cave on the coastline only visible from the sea and measuring 50 metres in length and 25 metres in width. Relatively big ships can enter this cave which was a hideout for pirates and smugglers of contraband goods who loitered around the island.
The westernmost point of Europe, this islet used to be a reference point for the adjustment of navigation instruments and for checking the route.
The main recreational harbour of the Azores, this marina is one of the most busy and famous in the world. It is a linking point for international regattas, and superstition tells sailors to paint a mural on the breakwater in order to attain divine protection during the rest of their trip.
A lookout affording a panoramic view over the town of Velas and the other two islands of the so-called “triangle”, Pico and Faial.
Places formed by volcanic activity, the local population named them “mistérios” (mysteries), as they saw “rivers of fire” coming out of the earth for no apparent reason, destroying their belongings.
An extinct volcano of three square kilometres, it is surrounded by the four km long walls of the São João Baptista Fort, nowadays the oldest fortress that has been continuously occupied by the Portuguese army.
Classified as a special protection area, this is a volcanic cone that affords a great view over the bay of Porto Pim and the city of Horta.