One hour after sunrise I was in the saddle to tackle the highest mountain on Faial. 17km ascent kept me warm but the initial phase of the downhill was freezing before it turned into a 12km final pure joy-ride. More to explore!

The Caldeira is impressive and invites to be deeper explored. It has got a 2km diameter and 400m difference in altitude, bottom to top.  It has got enough room for a mini crater, which you can see, if you zoom into the picture above.

There are certified guides, who can bring you into the heart of it, which must be another great experience to learn more about this fantastic island.

Fair winds…