On July 3rd, we drove around the island of Faial as pure tourists! Our first stop was getting pictures of the view of the Horta marina, where we are staying at the present time. The marina is much bigger then Flores, with ferry and large ship traffic in the outer piers. Very crowded marina, often requiring “Rafting” up next to another boat (boats side by side). We chose not to anchor in the center for ease of getting around town.
We then drove to the “Caldeira do Faial”, a vast crater in the center of the island which is the extinct volcano from which this island originated. It was surrounded in mist from the clouds.
Black sand beach with great waves!
Laura on black sand beach. VERY HOT to stand on with bare feet, but the water cooled that easily!
East side of volcanic eruption.
It was a very enjoyable day!