Horta

The municipality of Horta, and therefore Faial Island, as this is the only municipality of the island, is located halfway between the European and American continent and always knew how to take advantage of this geographic position. Without belittling the rurality and the very own experience of the people of the Azores, the Blue Island - designated this way for the abundance of hydrangeas that divide the agricultural properties - early showed readiness for a more cosmopolitan way of life. The yachts crossing the Ocean since the 19th century and that here find a safe haven and the planes and seaplanes that in the 20th century overflew the heavens are proof of this open mentality of the Faialenses. Initially populated around 1460, Faial received a wide Flemish community that settled in the parish, which is known still today as "Flamengos". The following centuries brought development, essentially through the whaling and whaling crews who found in Porto Pim their repose, to the village of Horta. With the active participation of its people in the wars between absolutists and liberals, in favor of the latter, the village of Horta was able to ascend to the status of city in 1833. The construction of the dock, that started in 1876, was the final impetus for the city of Horta and its marina to nowadays "embrace" the visitors with a very own energy. But, barely leaving the town, you enter in the deep Azores: craters, dark sand and volcanic cutouts, for the eruption of Capelinhos in 1957 was only a turning point in a story to be finished.

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Vulcão dos Capelinhos

Horta

In September 1957 the Earth began to tremble and, from there, Faial was never the same. For 13 months, between September 27, 1957 and October 24, 1958, a volcanic phenomenon completely transformed this tip of Faial island in three distinct eruptive phases. Panicked, the inhabitants of the zone of Capelo and Praia do Norte put themselves on the run, or ...

Pousada Forte da Horta

Horta

Pousada inserted in a 16th-century Fort, built on the Bay and classified as a national monument since 1947. The views of the marina and the island of Pico are stunning. Outer space, with a pleasant swimming pool, is excellent in the days of greatest heat.

Miradouro do Monte da Guia

Horta

The Monte da Guia, near the chapel of the Senhora da Guia, the more than one hundred meters above sea level, is a privileged place to enjoy the area of Porto Pim and the city of Horta, with its marina. Dividing these two poles of interest, you can see Mount Burned.

Centro de Interpretação do Vulcão dos Capelinhos

Horta

The space, which is underground, was opened in August 2008 and aims to recreate and make known to the visitor, through the use of multimedia resources, the eruption of 1957 which occurred while along the coast of Faial. Part of the interpretation centre of Capelinhos Lighthouse, with a privileged view over the landscape of volcanic phenomenon results. It also includes ...

Miradouro para a Caldeira do Faial

Horta

It's breathtaking that this viewpoint scene has to offer, since weather conditions so permit. The boiler, refuge of the laurissilva forest and, nowadays, a nature reserve, presents itself with a crater of 2000 meters in diameter and 400 feet deep. A feast for the eyes that has to be appreciated from above because the descent, in addition to dangerous, is ...

Peter Café Sport

Horta

Everyone knows the "Peter". Is the most famous café-bar of the Azores and a space of choice among sailors and sea-related people. Since 1918, this modest but cozy space, directed by Henrique Azevedo (Peter), receives tourists from the four corners of the planet. Today, after the death of Patriarch in 2005, the deal is still in the hands of his ...

Marina da Horta

Horta

A point of reference in the "insular script," the Marina of Horta is the most important of the Azores and the fourth most visited marina in the world. Protected the South by lot of guide and the North tip of the Espalamanca, is in a privileged position against the winds and is almost obligatory passage of vessels travelling in the ...

Reserva Natural da Caldeira do Faial

Horta

The boiler, a crater of 2000 meters in diameter and 400 meters deep, results from the volcanic nature of the island of Faial. Is a treat for the eyes, since weather conditions are favorable. Inside deserves highlight the botanical diversity of habitats: the laurissilva forest, Cedar forests, peatlands, reeds, among others.

Museu da Horta

Horta

Created in 1977 in the former Jesuit College, this museum tells the history of the island and the city of Horta. The show consists of ethnographic objects (by highlighting the rents of sieve and handcrafted made from Fig kernels), nautical, ...

Praia do Almoxarife

Horta

Maritime beach, located a few kilometers from the city of Horta, which surprises by the expansive sands of dark sand, in a Bay stretching from the port from the beach up to the tip of the Espalamanca, to the South. ...

Igreja Matriz de São Salvador / Antigo Colégio de São Francisco Xavier

Horta

Originally built as a church of the Jesuit College, had the foundation stone in 1652. However, the construction only started in 1680. The buildings that flank (College) were never completed and today House the Horta Museum and the Town Hall. ...

Moinhos de Vento da Lomba da Conceição

Horta

Set of three rotating windmills, located at the top of the Lomba da Conceição. The wooden structure, as well as access ladders, are painted red, where the masts and sails (two with candles and a grid with triangular sails). The ...

Jardim Botânico do Faial

Horta

Created in 1986 in a former farm, the Jardim Botânico do Faial is geared to the conservation of biodiversity and landscape for environmental education and awareness. Occupying an area of approximately 8000 square meters, can be found, in this space, ...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Angústias

Horta

The current church, a single nave and the bell towers flank the façade, was built in the 19th century. By all accounts the works were started in 1800 but only in 1861, after subscription promoted by parish, is that were ...

Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Capelo

Horta

Located about a hundred meters of altitude, outside the parish of Capelo, this park, with 96 hectares, is densely wooded and with a considerable diversity of endemic plants. In addition to allowing barbecues and picnics, can be used for several ...

Torre do Relógio da Horta

Horta

Bell Tower that belonged to the primitive Church of Horta. The clock tower was not part of the original set of the Church, but have been built in the early 18TH century. The Church, on your lathe, suffered many calamities ...

Praia da Conceição

Horta

Located on the north side of the Bay of Horta, just outside of town, Praia da Conceição stands out for its soft and dark sands and the beautiful location, with the Marina South and the no less imposing Pico Island ...

Piscinas Naturais de Varadouro

Horta

Summer zone par excellence, these pools are formed by cropping of basaltic rocks of volcanic nature. Here are settings of rare beauty and charm of contrast between the dark rock and the blue sea. Anyone who wants to can still ...

Hotel do Canal

Horta

The Hotel do Canal lies on the seafront of the city of Horta, with stunning views of the Bay and, in the distance, on the peak. Its decoration is inspired in maritime motifs-the sailboats, the bacalhoeiros and hydroplanes-which, in a ...

Restaurante da Pousada Forte

Horta

Exquisite restaurant, situated within the walls of Forte de Santa Cruz and an integral part of the Pousada de Portugal located there. Highlighting the various delicacies of regional origin.

Praia de Porto Pim

Horta

Hidden City of Horta by Monte Queimado, the beach of Porto Pim features a soft sand and dark, very own of these volcanic islands. The Bay of Porto Pim is undoubtedly a place of rare beauty. The Monte da Guia ...

Museu do Scrimshaw

Horta

In this space you can enjoy a remarkable collection of artifacts of Whale bones and teeth and carved sperm whale. "Scrimshaw" is the name of the technique of carving whale teeth, formerly of hobby sailors and whalers. It also includes ...

Azoris Faial Garden – Resort Hotel

Horta

Modern Hotel with comfortable and well-equipped rooms, located in a green area full of trees and large lawns. Allows for a relaxing stay and offers a privileged view over the city of Horta, the Bay and Mount Pico. It is ...

Hotel Horta

Horta

Hotel composed of 80 modern rooms, spacious and well equipped. Provides a beautiful view to the sea, the harbor and Pico Island. There is also a restaurant serving regional and international dishes, a bar, a swimming pool, a gym and ...

Canto da Doca

Horta

Dock Corner restaurant, located just off the docks of Horta, the path of Porto Pim, presents a decoration based on nautical themes. It is distributed for two dining rooms (on the ground floor and on the first floor) and has ...

Miradouro do Monte Carneiro

Horta

Overlooking the city of Horta, Monte Carneiro is a volcanic cone and a natural viewpoint par excellence. From the top of its 267 meters above sea level you can see the entire city of Horta, including marina and the zone ...

Miradouro da Ribeira das Cabras

Horta

Space overlooking the Fajã da Ribeira das Cabras, presenting a unique panoramic about the same: the white houses and the area of cultivation, "gassed" between the jagged coast and the steep cliffs. A single frame that is worth appreciating.

Miradouro da Ribeira Funda

Horta

Perfectly integrated in the landscape, this viewpoint allows you to get an overview over singular ribeira which gives it name. The Ribeira Funda is a terrace of drop-off, painted green, which extends to the sea. The viewpoint allows you to ...

Miradouro de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Horta

Belvedere located just outside the city of Horta, who are dealt by both sides of the main road, in a vision completely antagonistic. On one side one can observe the Praia do Almoxarife and the countryside landscape clipping. On the ...

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