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Faial Island is located at the western end of Azores Central Group, separated from Pico island by a narrow sea arm 8.3 km wide, known as Faial Channel.
The island is roughly shaped like an irregular pentagon, 21 km long in the east-west direction, having a maximum width of 14 km.
The population rounds 15,063 inhabitants (2001 data), most of which are in Horta, the city where the Azorean Parliament is located.
The climate is moderate, with average annual air temperatures ranging from 13°C in winter to 22°C in summer.
The island is served by Horta Airport, with regular air connections to the other islands and to the exterior of the archipelago.
Horta harbor is an important commercial port and a recognized stopping point for yachts in the crossings between the American continent and Europe.
The island is locally known as the Blue Island, a designation that was popularized due to the hydrangeas abundance.