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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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Rua dos Inocentes n1, C.Branco, Horta, Faial, Azores, 9900-323 Horta, Portugal
The Azores is one of the most popular points of ocean navigation. The harbor of Horta is a mythical stop for those who cross the Atlantic from west to east. It is here that thousands of sailors are between April and September. The life and the...
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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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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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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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Mr. Genuíno sailed solo around the globe twice before lending his name to the restaurant that serves the best fresh fish in Horta. Items on the menu originate only from local waters, so asking for the catch of the day will always be the best...
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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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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 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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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...
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São Miguel Island, Portugal
Santa Bárbara beach, on the north coast of São Miguel Island, is known by the local surfers as one of the best spots to surf – mainly because of the waves and perfect surfing conditions. Also known as Areais, it is an excellent beach break with...
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R. das Caldeiras 36, 9675-045 Furnas, Portugal
The official dish of the Azores is cozido das furnas, a Portuguese meat and vegetable concoction made by placing a pot in the ground to be heated by volcanic steam. The chef of Caldeiras e Vulcões leaves the pot untouched for six hours, allowing...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Nuns of the old Convent of Santo André, in São Miguel Island, created a recipe that became one of the most wanted typical sweets from the Azores. Since the 16th century, when the Convent was built, this recipe has been enjoyed by many generations...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Snorkeling at Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a unique experience: you are diving on your own private island. The water is quite warm for snorkeling, with variety of fish to see such as jelly fish, sea cucumber, etc. A crater that is just off the...
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9600 Ribeira Grande, Portugal
One of our guests was kind enough to share this picture with us. He stayed at our Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, and was intrigued about this beach he found during one of his wanderings across the Island.
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When Paulo Vale looked at the ground, he didn’t see just a path as others might. He saw what today is known as “Azorean Gold” – that, unlike conventional gold, is black, stony and sometimes porous, but also valuable. Inspired by the rocks on the...
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
In the Azores, the weather and the esplanades with amazing sights to the volcanic islands ask for a cold beer. And like the saying: ‘in the Azores, be Azoren’ and ask for an Especial – the traditional beer from the islands. Especial, a Pilsener...
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Estrada Regional nº 24., 9625 Porto Formoso, Portugal
If you visit here in the winter, you can enjoy the place almost entirely to yourself. The tea fields are just nearby and, if you're lucky, you can wander down into and through them.
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Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lagoon) is São Miguel’s scenic alpine landscape. It is a protected nature reserve, where a 10-kilometer hiking trail rewards visitors with gorgeous unspoiled scenery. Look north from the weather station atop the volcano’s rim...
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A Tasca is a traditional Portuguese bistro, where the menu features petiscos (the Portuguese version of tapas) with a modern twist, using only local produce from São Miguel. Excellent choices include breaded octopus rings with a sweet-and-sour...
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Largo da Matriz 62, 9500-094 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Together with the Portas da Cidade (the arched gates to the city), St. Sebastian’s Mother Church is Ponta Delgada’s most iconic example of Azorean white walls with black basalt trim. Built in 1547 and refurbished through the years, it reflects the...