With a hired car over the Azores
If you want to visit Faial Island, you will most likely land at Horta Airport (HOR), where you can directly pick up a hired car. Faial belongs to the Azores and will take your breath away. Especially in Horta and also the rest of the island there is so much to discover with a hired car. Compare in advance online the offers of car hire companies for Horta Airport on Driveboo.com and book the cheapest hired car. Horta is located in the southeast of the island and is the main town of Faial Island. With your own hired car you can reach the most beautiful places within a short time.
If you travel to Horta in spring, you can look forward to a blaze of colour. So what are you waiting for? Book a hired car, pack your bags and hop on a plane to springtime Horta. In the Azores, you can finally soak up some spring sunshine after the cold season. Take a drive with the hired car into the nature on Faial or enjoy a walk on the beach. This way, spring fever is guaranteed to come up.
Public transport at the airport
If you are too exhausted after arriving at the airport in Horta to get straight into the hired car yourself, you can also use public transport or a cab to get to your accommodation for the time being.
For example, a regularly scheduled bus will take you to all relevant places on the island. Alternatively, you can also take a cab. This has higher prices, but you travel more comfortable and faster.
The right car for everyone
Depending on your travel plans in Horta, different car models are suitable. On Driveboo.com you will find all possible vehicle categories and equipment features. Whether it's a convertible, compact car, minivan or luxury car - on Driveboo.com you have the full selection. Once you have selected your desired model, you can select other options such as air conditioning, child seat, navigation device or all-wheel drive. This way the hired car will fit your plans exactly and you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with it.
If you pick up a hired car directly after your arrival at Horta Airport (HOR), you can start your well-deserved holiday in the Azores right away. In order to enjoy your holiday to the fullest, you should consider a few things.
Choose the right insurance
Check the hired car for damages
A deposit is usually always required for a hired car, as this allows the car hire company to protect itself. The amount of the deposit can be up to 2,000 euros depending on the car hire company and is paid with almost all rental companies with the credit card. Of course you will get the money back when you return the hired car.
The topic insurances for the hired car might sometimes be a bit confusing. We would like to spare you that. Therefore you will find all relevant insurance options on Driveboo.com. We always recommend our customers the fully comprehensive insurance without excess. This way you travel stress-free even in case of damage. Furthermore, you can opt for the following additional insurance options:
When you pick up your hired car at Horta Airport, be sure to inspect it for scratches and other damage. If you find anything, be sure to let your car hire company know so that you won't be held liable when you return the car.
Monte da Espalamaca is located in the north of Horta and, together with Monte da Guia, forms the Bay of Horta. Climb to the top and enjoy the view over Horta from the Miradouro Nossa Senhora da Conceicão viewpoint.
In the old town of Horta you can stroll and linger leisurely. Stroll through the alleys and admire the charming mansions. You should also pay a visit to the waterfront promenade. In Horta, you should also take a look at the church of São Salvador. The church is one of the oldest and simplest churches on the island and dates back to the early 16th century. It was attacked and burned down by English pirates at the end of Elizabeth's reign. It was rebuilt in 1607.
Caldeira do Faial
Morro de Castelo Branco
Old town of Horta, Azores
View of Varadouro
Lighthouse of Ponta dos Capelinhos
With a hired car you can reach all the highlights in and around Horta in a short time. In the following table we give you an overview of the distances of the excursion destinations from Horta.
|Destination||Distance from Horta by hired car|
|Monte de Espalamaca||3 km|
|Caldeira do Faial||16 km|
|Porto Comprido||23 km|
If you've been to the Azores once, you'll definitely want to come back, because there are other exciting islands besides Faial. São Miguel is a highlight for those interested in volcanic landscapes. Because it is the most volcanically active island of the Azores. The island of Santa Maria, on the other hand, with its fairytale forests and cute little houses, makes dreams come true. In Flores, untouched nature and magnificent waterfalls await you. Whichever island you choose, there are charming places everywhere in the Azores.