The lighthouse of Farol da Riberinha is probably the most emblematic memorial of the massive earthquake that hit Faial on the 9th of July 1998. Originally inaugurated in 1919, it served until its destruction in 1998 as lighthouse showing ships the path in the Triangle of Faial, Pico and São Jorge. The earthquake which had a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale caused massive destruction on Faial and left 1000 people homeless. The parishes of Riberinha and the neighboring Pedro Miguel were most affected by the event and still today there are several ruins.
How to get to the Farol da Riberinha
From Horta take the regional road towards Cedros, after about 10 kilometres you reach Riberinha, just at entering the village, leave the main road by turning left. Follow the signs to the Farol, the last couple of hundred meter will be in the forest steep up to the ridge where the lighthouse is situated.
What to do at the Farol da Riberinha
Enjoy the view of Pico, São Jorge and on clear days Graciosa.
Riberinha is the starting point of several hiking trails, instead of starting in the village itself, you can leave your car at the Farol da Riberinha and do you trail from there.
The Riberinha trail is a circular, easy trail that lets you hike through the slopes around Riberinha. It is circular and takes about 2 hours 30 minutes to complete.