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Faial is the fresh blue of the hydrangeas, the marina speckled with the colours of yachters from around the world. The adrenaline rush from the fight with a combative dress-sword. The happy hours passed in the bar crowded with yachters from all four corners of the planet. The mysteries of volcanic caves that shelter shoals of brightly coloured fish. All these aspects of activity holidays on Faial happily blend in with the white houses of Horta, city of romance and adventure. The green of the surrounding hills. The red of the picturesque windmills.

And to complete this almost perfect painting, the strong dark brushstrokes of the volcanic ash of Capelinhas and the ascent to the Crater to admire the majestic outline of Pico mountain. The contagious rhythm of a lifestyle in which tranquillity and joy are spiced with a good pinch of cosmopolitanism, all of which comes to a grand climax during the Week of the Sea which, in August brings together the yachting regattas, the whaling canoe races and the delight of a festival that enlivens the whole city.