The tranquil little port of Horta on the Azores island of Faial, has played host to transatlantic yachtsmen since it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century.
Regarded as one of the most colourful marinas in the world, Horta is the location of several international regattas each year, and its harbour is known for its vast open-air exhibition of paintings installed on the jetty by visiting sailors.
This emerald-green, volcanic island is an unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little baroque churches have been added.
Capelinhos is Faial’s most famous landmark, situated on the western side of the island. The volcano transformed the island between the years of 1957 and 1958 when it erupted with devastating consequences, burying the landscape. The Interpretive Centre at the site depicts the story of the volcanic eruption, and features information on the geological history of the Azores.
One of the most gratifying and exhilarating experiences you can ever have in the Azores is to go out whale spotting in the summer months when islands like Faial and Pico attract an abundance of these large marine mammals including huge cachalots, pilot whales, numerous species of dolphin and giant marine turtles.
Cruises to Horta
Departs: Dover • Thu 25 Mar 2021
14 nights • Bolette • T2106
- Experience the seemingly endless rewards of the hard-to-reach Azores, as Bolette takes you on an unforgettable journey to three of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands.
- Astonishing wonderlands of emerald-green landscapes, mighty volcanos and vast craters, out-of-this world lakes and thermal pools, and picturesque cities await, on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel.
- The highlights aren’t restricted to the Azores though: there’s also opportunities to stimulate your senses with Madeira’s stunning scenery, fragrance and flavours; and explore UNESCO-listed Oporto.
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Departs: Dover • Sat 31 Jul 2021
14 nights • Bolette • T2120
- Three remote islands in the hard-to-reach Azores are yours to explore to discover inspirational experiences and sights galore on this exhilarating, simply unforgettable cruise adventure.
- Amongst glorious, verdant volcanic lands, you can see mighty Mount Pic; marvel at the mesmerising blue and bright-green crater lakes of the Sete Cidades Volcano; and much more.
- As well as incredible island discovery, visits to captivating Spanish and Portuguese cities provide a wealth of historical, architectural and cultural highlights to uncover.
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Departs: Liverpool • Mon 18 Oct 2021
15 nights • Borealis • S2124
- Immerse yourself in the remarkable beauty and diversity of the spellbinding Azores, as small ship Borealis guides you on an incredible exploration of the region.
- Volcanic wonderlands await you on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel; discover towering mountain peaks, vast craters and lakes, verdant emerald green valleys and much more.
- There’s also a special visit to Portugal’s capital, to experience a memorable day of celebration and festivity at the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event.
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Departs: Liverpool • Tue 19 Apr 2022
17 nights • Borealis • S2210
- With the help of ORCA, look out for various species of whale living freely in the deep blue Atlantic waters surrounding the contrasting islands of Iceland and the Azores.
- Revel in the astonishing beauty of Azorean volcanos, crater lakes and vibrant valleys, and the drama of awe-inspiring Icelandic scenery boasting soaring mountains, sheer cliffs and stunning waterways.
- Delve into rich history and culture, with time ashore to explore fascinating historic quarters, traditional fishing ports and an exciting, cosmopolitan capital city.
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