Faial and Pico islands in the Azores - Photo Plisson

Faial and Pico islands in the Azores

Thanks to the temperate and moist climate of the archipelago of the Azores, his nine volcanic islands are real suspended gardens in middle of the Atlantic. There are even vineyards in Pico protected from the wind by small stone walls that Unesco registered as World Heritage of humanity and hills, mills still functioning.

As if the luxuriant vegetation might obscure the volcano underground, it regularly reminds people its presence. And, in 1957, an eruption enlarged Faial Island, adding Capelinhos a piece of black and desert land and destroying a lighthouse. In 1998 the second Faial lighthouse crumbled in an earthquake. The volcanic origin also leaves traces in the landscape such as rugged coasts. It is in this chaos that a strange rocky concrete cube transmitting a sinister roar transforms the swell into electricity.

The Azores is a legendary transatlantic call and seems to keep the memory of all sailors’ stays. You don’t leave Horta without having added your own work to the large mural painted of the quays. Over the years, superstition has been completed by tradition and it is said that the boats leaving without a trace have never been reviewed… The Cafe Sport in Horta is also an institution in the maritime world. Exchange office, general delivery, original meetings and looking for best places a visit at Peter’s became a legend.

The whaling industry, which was in the past, the second source of income, knew its great epoch in the early twentieth century. Horta had over 400 whaling ships. The gradual loss of interest for oil, and the will to protect whales, led to the cessation of whaling in 1987. Since then, the whaling ships amorously maintained, have been converted to the regatta, and cameras of tourists who come to watch whales have replaced harpoons.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA10748 Herd of cows on Faial in the Azores.
Herd of cows on Faial in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10748

Herd of cows on Faial in the Azores.

AA10748

10/04/2005
3264 x 2448 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10751 Countryside on Faial in the Azores.
Countryside on Faial in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10751

Countryside on Faial in the Azores.

AA10751

10/04/2005
3328 x 4992 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10744 The dike of Horta Island in the Azores.
The dike of Horta Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10744

The dike of Horta Island in the Azores.

AA10744

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10742 The dike of Horta Island in the Azores.
The dike of Horta Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10742

The dike of Horta Island in the Azores.

AA10742

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10732 End of the day on Faial Island in the Azores.
End of the day on Faial Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10732

End of the day on Faial Island in the Azores.

AA10732

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10735 Harbour light of Horta front of the Pico volcano.
Harbour light of Horta front of the Pico volcano. Philip Plisson AA10735

Harbour light of Horta front of the Pico volcano.

AA10735

10/03/2005
3225 x 4852 px
625 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA10757 The bar of the end of the world on Faial in the Azores.
The bar of the end of the world on Faial in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10757

The bar of the end of the world on Faial in the Azores.

AA10757

10/04/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10770 Horta in the Azores.
Horta in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10770

Horta in the Azores.

AA10770

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14110 Offshore fishing in the Azores.
Offshore fishing in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA14110

Offshore fishing in the Azores.

AA14110

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24859 On the island of Pico in the Azores
On the island of Pico in the Azores Philip Plisson AA24859

On the island of Pico in the Azores

AA24859

01/01/1900
4807 x 4807 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14109 Offshore fishing in the Azores.
Offshore fishing in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA14109

Offshore fishing in the Azores.

AA14109

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10886 Dos Capelinhos point on Faial in the Azores.
Dos Capelinhos point on Faial in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10886

Dos Capelinhos point on Faial in the Azores.

AA10886

01/01/1900
4891 x 3228 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10772 Roof of a house in Horta in the Azores.
Roof of a house in Horta in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10772

Roof of a house in Horta in the Azores.

AA10772

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10719 View on the harbour of Horta to the Azores.
View on the harbour of Horta to the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10719

View on the harbour of Horta to the Azores.

AA10719

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10712 Night on Faial island in the Azores.
Night on Faial island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10712

Night on Faial island in the Azores.

AA10712

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA08860 Fishing in the Azores.
Fishing in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA08860

Fishing in the Azores.

AA08860

01/01/1900
5011 x 3268 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10685 Couples front of Pico volcano in the Azores.
Couples front of Pico volcano in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10685

Couples front of Pico volcano in the Azores.

AA10685

10/03/2005
2704 x 4064 px
643 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA08878 The Azores.
The Azores. Philip Plisson AA08878

The Azores.

AA08878

01/01/1900
3510 x 5352 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10689 Coast of Faial Island in the Azores.
Coast of Faial Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10689

Coast of Faial Island in the Azores.

AA10689

10/03/2005
2704 x 4064 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10598 Whaling boat in Azores.
Whaling boat in Azores. Philip Plisson AA10598

Whaling boat in Azores.

AA10598

10/03/2005
4064 x 2704 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10648 The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.
The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta. Philip Plisson AA10648

The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.

AA10648

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10629 Whaling boat in the Azores.
Whaling boat in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10629

Whaling boat in the Azores.

AA10629

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10651 Pico Island in the Azores.
Pico Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10651

Pico Island in the Azores.

AA10651

10/03/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10669 Old whaling factory on the Pico island in the Azores.
Old whaling factory on the Pico island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10669

Old whaling factory on the Pico island in the Azores.

AA10669

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10634 Whaling boat in the Azores.
Whaling boat in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10634

Whaling boat in the Azores.

AA10634

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10680 The Pico volcano viewed from Faial island in the Azores.
The Pico volcano viewed from Faial island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10680

The Pico volcano viewed from Faial island in the Azores.

AA10680

10/03/2005
2663 x 4047 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10646 The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.
The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta. Philip Plisson AA10646

The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.

AA10646

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10682 Surfer on Faial Island in the Azores.
Surfer on Faial Island in the Azores. Philip Plisson AA10682

Surfer on Faial Island in the Azores.

AA10682

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA10647 The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.
The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta. Philip Plisson AA10647

The Café Sport "Chez Peter" in Horta.

AA10647

10/03/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor