The beaches of Conceição and Porto Pim are appropriate for swimming, and so is that of Almoxarife, a long extension of dark sand facing the Pico mountain . At Varadouro, the bay includes a tidal pool among rocky tips of black lava.
The link between the island of Faial and the sea remains strong. Horta is an important centre for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, diving and boat rides. It is possible to visit the other islands on well preserved whaling boats and rented kayaks. Other sea sports find good conditions in various locations of the island and include sailing, windsurf, rowing and surf. Sports fishing is an old tradition here and records have been broken in the capture of sharks and marlins during high seas expeditions.
On land, dozens of kilometres of trails cover the island’s hilly interior and seaside and invite us for unforgettable walking or bicycle rides. The adrenaline goes up with mountain biking, 4x4 SUV or kart-cross circuits.