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Any visit to a volcanic island wouldn’t be complete without touring the dormant craters. The Capelinhos volcano is only 50 years old, so you can see how a volcanic landscape is formed through time. The interpretation center was built underground,...
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Rua Dr. Melo e Simas 10, 9900-127 Horta, Portugal
This vantage point over Horta Bay is definitely the best place to shoot that postcard photo. From here you can easily spot the other three islands that make up the Central Azores group—Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa. It is also a place of worship...
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Despite its relatively small size, Horta Market, located in a Portuguese colonial building surrounded by trees, is still the best place for the freshest produce from Faial and across the Azores. Teas, pineapple and guava, as well as plentiful...
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This regional shop features top-quality edibles from across the islands, including São Jorge's world-famous cheese and wine from Pico Island, as well as jams, pastries and charcuteries made by private producers.
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This is Horta’s best option for ice cream, with all flavors made on-site with local ingredients. Pineapple and passion fruit are among the classics, but there is a different flavor every day. Portions are large, making it easy to share with...
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Praça Infante Dom Henrique, Horta, Ilha Do Faial, 9900-016 Horta, Portugal
This Art Deco spot, built in the early 20th century, has long been the preferred meeting place for travelers coming to Faial. If you're looking for a comfortable place for coffee and cake with views over the marina, this is it.
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Praça Infante Dom Henrique, 9900, Portugal
If Horta is the center of sailing in the Azores, then the marina is its beating heart. Starting out as “sea graffiti,” passing sailors would paint or draw messages on the marina's gray concrete walls as a way of securing good luck on their...
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R. José Azevedo 9, 9900-027 Horta, Portugal
There's a saying that indicates just how much an institution Peter's Café Sport has become in the maritime world: “If you sail to Horta and you don’t visit Peter’s, you have not actually been to Horta.” Stop by for a late afternoon gin and tonic...
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At this DIY restaurant you grill your own food on hot lava stones at the table. Choose from a range of fresh-caught local fish and shellfish, including tuna, swordfish, squid, shrimp and Portuguese oysters.
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Every weekday Mr. Ferreira parks his Amarelinha food truck at the Horta harbor to serve locals and visitors the Portuguese answer to fast food: steak on a bun or grilled fish and seafood sandwiches to be washed down with a sip of Azores wine.
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Monte da Guia, 9900 Horta, Portugal
This ancient volcanic rock formation, dubbed the Caldeira do Inferno (Hell's Cauldron), has prime views over Horta and Porto Pim Bay. Its two craters filled with seawater to form a figure eight, which provided a safe haven for several endemic...