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Horta's Top 10

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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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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...
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Whaling was an active industry in the Azores until the end of the 20th century, with the mammals hunted for their oil and precious ambergris. Located in the Old Whaling Factory, the Azores Sea Observatory (Whaling Museum) showcases a wide variety...
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Peter Café Sport Angustias 027, R. José Azevedo, 9900-018 Horta, Portugal
Located on the first floor of Peter's Café Sport, this unique museum displays pieces made by engraving or carving whale bones and teeth. Scrimshaw originated aboard whaling vessels as a way for sailors to combat monotony. The interesting...
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Rua Nova, nº 7, 9900-023 Horta, Portugal
Porto Pim is Horta’s second bay, formed when the lava from Monte da Guia volcano created a land bridge to Faial Island. The bay has a fine-sand beach, and is home to an 18th-century military fort and many excellent waterfront restaurants and bars....
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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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Besides its educational mission, the Porto Pim Aquarium also serves as a transfer station for live fish and a rescue center for sea life. The main tank is full of rescued creatures, with the sea turtle grabbing the most attention. Visits are by...
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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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Horta Marina, 9900-016 Horta, Portugal
The waters of the Azores archipelago churn with sea life, so whale-watching trips can pretty much guarantee a sighting of these magnificent creatures. You're most likely to see beaked whales, pilot whales and sei whales, along with the native...
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Built on the site of the former Jesuit College, this imposing parish church has a beautiful Baroque facade looking towards the sea, and a fabulous interior with gilt carved-wood altarpieces, 17th-century tile panels and a silver altar. It also...