Praia de Almoxarife is just a short drive away from Horta. There are also 2-3 buses per day from Horta to Almoxarife (except for the weekends). It is a well-equipped beach, with showers, toilets, life guards, a small library on the beach and several restaurants nearby. To our surprise, the beach of Almoxarife is a certified blue-flag beach!! (There are several blue-flag beaches on the island of Faial, by the way)

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The view of the pretty little town of Almoxarife and its blue-flagged black sand beach from the top of the drive down the hill towards the ocean.

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Beautiful, lush green pasture surrounding the valley of Almoxarife. With a scenery like this, little wonder that the Azores produce some of the best cheeses in the whole of Portugal.

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The pretty little church of Almoxarife.

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The black sandy beach of Almoxarife. Most Azoreans arrive after 2pm; this beach is a popular place for sunbathing and swimming among both the locals and tourists alike. But unlike the over-crowded beaches of the Algarves, here you would find plenty of spaces for everybody.

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Directly across the 'Canal' is the island of Pico. On a good day, you can enjoy the full view of Pico whilst lying on the beach.

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In between the swimming/sunbathing session, locals have some snacks and a cup of galao (coffee with milk) at one of the beach snack bars along the seafront. This one looks like a traditional cottage from an English village....

Seriously, Almoxarife is a beach suitable for the whole family, even for children. If you are on the Azores and are looking for a good beach, go for this one.

Copyrights 2009. All text and photos by YC Cheng. All Rights Reserved.




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