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After arriving at the airport on
Breakfast was provided for us at the hotel and there was a huge selection including bacon and egg, cereal, fruit, bread and yoghurt.
On the first full day we went for a walk up to the local 'mountain', Monte da Guia, which took a few hours and provided us with magnificent views of Horta, the main town on the island. We had lunch at a cafe that overlooked the harbour and it was amazing how cheap the food was. €1.75 (£1.20, $2.35) for a chicken baguette and not much more (€2.50 I think) for burger and chips. It was really nice food too.
Later in the week, after reading the guide book we discovered that there was a natural phenomenon to be seen from halfway up the Monte da Guia (water shooting out of a hole as the waves hit the coast) and also an interesting walk over the other side of the mountain. So, we decided to do the walk again. On getting to the top we found that the extra walk was no longer an option - it had been closed, and for all our looking we saw no sign of water shooting out of a hole.
For me the highlights of the holiday were the whale and dolphin watching trips. Actually we enjoyed them so much that we went on three. Three times we headed out into the
The second trip was not so good and it was cold and wet but the company that we went with told us that we could go on another for half price, which we did. On this final trip we saw plenty of dolphins again and also saw a couple of Sperm whales deep diving, so we saw their tails. One of the Sperm whales even surfaced only about 25 meters in front of us, almost under another boat! Usually you are not allowed to get that close but if they come up right next to you, well, what can you do about it.
Other days were spent driving around the island (with a hired car). We went to the Caldera, a volcanic crater, although it was cloudy so we did not see anything. It was still a nice drive to the top. We also spent some time on a black sand beach, which was something that I had never seen before and it was a great sight.