Experiences at Quinta da Meia Eira

At the farm there lives hundreds of botanical species and many animals, in a total of 10,000 m² of gardens and orchards and 50,000 m² of pastureland

Farm visit

At any time of day you can choose from the garden plants your favorite tea ...

Choose your tea

The clouds diversity in the Azorean sky, together with the changing day light, is a fascinating show and a dreams spot.

Observe the clouds

Dress a beekeeper's suit and enjoy openning a beehive. We explain how the bees live and end up with a honey tasting.

See how the bees live!

From March to October, after dark and early in the morning, you can listen to the Cory's Shearwater, go and meet it or simply fall asleep under the sound of their vocalizations.

Listen the Cory's Shearwater

Between March and August, sailboats that cross the Atlantic pass just in front of Quinta da Meia Eira, towards Porto da Horta

Spot the incoming boats

From Quinta da Meia Eira, you can walk to Morro de Castelo Branco, distant 3km from the house.

Walk to Castelo Branco

At Quinta da Meia Eira, the clear sky allows you to observe the constellations, see a satellite moving or be surprised by a shooting star crossing the milky way...

Make a wish to the stars

From Quinta da Meia-Eira, you can walk to the natural pools and the small port of Castelo Branco.

Walk to the natural pools

Experiences at Faial Island

Faial Island has a fantastic offer of pedestrian paths. At Quinta da Meia Eira you can order a snack to take!

Trails

Whale and Dolphin Watching (and, with luck, turtles, rays, sharks and more). Dolphin swimming is also available.

Cetacean watching

Faial Island Natural Park brings together a set of 13 protected areas, with unique biodiversity and geology. There is more in Faial, besides Caldeira and Capelinhos.
Faial Natural Park

Faial Island Natural Park

In Faial you can see different types of birds. There are several interesting spots for bird watching and cliffs.

Birdwatching

In Faial, there are also activities such as inshore fishing, big game, sailing, etc.

Other nautical activities

Caldeira is the main crater of Faial Island. In addition to walk around it, you can go down but you will need an official guide.

The Caldeira

Faial has got numerous access points to the sea, either black sand beaches or natural pools. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf Stream-warmed Atlantic!

Sea, beaches and natural pools

The forest parks are ideal for a break in the nature. Here you will find a picnic area with barbecue, bathroom and playground.

Forest Parks

It is a place dedicated to the natural history of the Azorean vegetation, the preservation of endemic species and an orchid garden.

Faial Botanical Garden

Activities such as horse riding, bicycles, jeep tours and canyoning are available at Faial.

Other land activities

It is the latest piece of land in Portugal, formed during the eruption of 1957 / 58. A visit to the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center is a must!

Capelinhos Volcano

When visiting the city of Horta you can find the traces of almost 600 years of world history and the meeting point of many peoples.

Horta and its port

Scuba diving, offshore diving, night diving, shark diving ... From the smallest fish to the great inhabitants of the seas, the hard thing is to choose!

Scuba diving

Along rhe island there are several spots where you can stop and enjoy the astonishing landscapes from Faial, Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa islands.

Miradouros

From Faial and all year round, it is possible to go by boat to the the neighboring islands of Pico (0: 25h) and São Jorge (1: 30h).

Visit other islands

"We want your stay to be as perfect as possible and that you can enjoy peacefully all that Faial Island and Quinta da Meia Eira have got to offer you. In order for you to better prepare your trip we have put together some tips. If you have any further questions, please contact us! "


- Quinta da Meia Eira Team

The Azores have got a temperate maritime climate, with 4 seasons throughout the year… but also throughout the day…
It is never too cold or too hot. In winter, the average temperature is 14ºC and, in summer, 22ºC, with few winter days below 11ºC or summer days above 28ºC. The weather can change a lot during the day. On one side of the island it may look like summer and on the other side like winter; in the highlands of the island it can be much colder or windier than at a low altitude. The north coast is usually slightly drier and colder than the south coast, which has got more sub-tropical characteristics.
Important also in the Azorean climate are the high humidity of the air and the wind, enphasizing the heat or cold feeling. The chances of rainning are frequent, especially in higher altitudes, both during winter or summer. But - believe us - this is not a problem!

Book in advance!
Walking through dormant volcanoes, watching whales, swimming with dolphins, diving into seawater, looking for birds in the ground or in the sky, dreaming of clouds and rainbows, asking for a wish upon the stars, feeling astonished by botanical experiences, discovering the 600 years of Faial history with its so many diferent people and boats that arrived in diferent times… are wonderful activities you can experience in Faial. We suggest that you book the experience in advance and keep the schedule flexible in case any activity needs to be changed due to unexpected ocurrences.

Faial Island is not as small as it seems. Public transport is not widely spread or frequent, so we recommend planning your trip around the Island considering this.

Near Quinta da Meia Eira, you can walk to a restaurant, a grocery store, a church, the sea (natural pools) or hiking trails.
To visit the rest of the island, you can choose to rent a car, book a guided tour or taxi, rent a scooter (summer) and, for the stronger ones, cycling.

Comfortable and easy to wear clothes
When packing, remember that you are coming to an island with activities in the wild. Choose clothing for hiking, walking on stony streets or pathways or getting into the sea. Faial has got a relaxed environment, but walking shirtless is considered to be inelegant.

Be prepared to get wet
Whether it's a sea bath or an unexpected rain shower, be prepared to get wet. We recommend that you bring a bathing suit and a waterproof jacket in your suitcase and carry it along with you during the day... just in case…

No need to travel with clothes for 1 month!


If you need to do your laundry, either at Quinta da Meia Eira or other accommodation units, you can do it.
 
Protect your feet
One of the great attractions of Faial and the Azores in general is diving in natural pools and ports. For those who are not used to it, you might want to wear Reef Beach Shoes.

Binoculars!
Bring binoculars to spot boats, whales and birds…

Quinta da Meia Eira has got bicycles for guests who want to go for a ride. However, if you are a serious cyclist, we recommend you to hire better bikes or bring your own bike (Azores Airlines offers free bikes from the mainland to the islands; check with the company).

Azorean cuisine is based on Portuguese cuisine, but it is also the result of its natural resources and the archipelago geo-strategic position. Here converged the spices from Asia and the sugar from Brazil. In Faial, since the time of human settlement, people from all over the world have converged, bringing new influences. Here ships were supplied with products that had to be conserved, such as savory, cookies and wine…
What distinguishes the Azorean cuisine from others is the way meals are cooked and seasoned. Cinnamon and allspice-flavored meats and fish, extra sweet backery, dry biscuits to take on board, English and American fruit cakes are examples of these influences. The Azorean cuisine is a fusion cuisine that combines Portugal and the Tropics.


What can you count on
Faial's specialities are fish, some seafood, such as limpets, beef and pork, sausage (linguiça), black pudding (morcela), yams, sweet potatoes, sub-tropical fruits, jams, biscuits, dry fruits cake, bread crust (massa sovada), corn bread. Wines and liqueurs are mainly produced on Pico island, as a result of the close connection that always existed between Faial and Pico and their people.
Not all the things can be found in restaurants easily and there are not the same products available all year round.
Many of the restaurants have vegetarian options and can prepare a vegan dish.
For intolerant and allergic people, we recommend talking to the chef.