The Azorean Triangle islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge are located in the Archipelago of the Azores, in it’s central group. Faial, was home to the latest surface volcanic eruption in the Azores, vulcão dos Capelinhos, in 1957. In Pico, you can find the most imposing mountain of Portugal, dominating the landscape. In São Jorge, there are more than 80 Fajãs along its coastline. Crossing the sea between these islands and finding out what distinguishes them is essential to uncover the magic of the triangle.
The adaptation of men to these islands gave rise to a History full of adventure, ingenuity and courage. Their isolation and natural harsh conditions led to the development of a very particular culture at each site. In Faial, the marina da Horta has become a reference for sailors crossing the Atlantic, because the beautiful bay of Horta encloses the most sheltered harbour in the Azores. In Pico, the monks, who were among the first to inhabit the island, saw in the arid and unproductive basaltic landscape an opportunity to grow vineyards, creating a wide array of unique wines, such as the Verdelho do Pico, and also embellishing the landscape by building thousands of small basalt walls to protect the vineyards from the sometimes harsh weather conditions. In São Jorge, due to the high altitude of the island, the Fajãs – small sea level flat areas located at the feet of the island’s high cliffs – became a haven to escape from the winter storms. Due to the mild climate of the Fajãs, families moved there to farm the land and to shelter the livestock during winter.
Today, ferry boats, new roads and airlines allow us to easily reach the Triangle islands and explore their cultural and natural heritage.