Come spend a few days at Pousada da Horta, which occupies the space of the Fort of SantaCruz. This location offers an incredible viewover the Bay of Horta and the neighboring islandofPico. Faial and Horta are always been sought after by sailors and adventurers crossing the Atlantic, offering a safe and quiet haven.
Upon arriving at the airport of Horta, it is easy to see the beauty and proximity of the islands around and be tempted to know them well. But first, go to the historic center of Horta and find the Forte near the jetties. Cross with explorers of all nationalities and start to feel the unique atmosphere that lives on this island.
On Faial, the ideal is to rent a car and go through all the roads you meet. The landscapes are always surprising and the green and blue contrast surpasses any expectations you have about the Azorean nature. Climb to Monte da Guia and head to the tip of Espalamaca, risk to do the Capelinhos trail and be sure to visit the Caldeira, a mystical and unforgettable experience, made even more sublime and mysterious by the unpredictable behavior of the fog.
Back to Horta, be sure to stop by the famous and international Peter Café Sport, where you can also find a scrimshaw museum, with engravings on ivory reminiscent of the strong whaling zone. Here, the gin is mandatory, as are the sandwiches.
With the walls and entrance doors intact, this hotel's building in Horta offers you a unique view of the Pico Island and the cosmopolitan marina of Faial. Go to the reception and go off onto the discovery of your room. Overlooking the interior of the wall or the sea and the neighboring island, here you will find all the comfort you can expect in a unique and historicalexperience. Then depart for your personal discovery. Scroll through the living and readingrooms, which will provide you long hours of rest. Take the opportunity to make a leap into the pool and to go through the walls before you start exploring the island.
When returning to Pousada da Horta, the best thing to do is to rest, book your dinner of the typical Azorean cuisine and let the wind, the sea and the flavors of the Atlantic rock your evening. All the following days will be equally memorable.
The seventeenth century fort, owner of a checkered history involving the landing of the powerful Spanish Armada and later the English fleet, was successively occupied and pillaged until the restoration of the Portuguese independence. From there, it turned into barracks until the mid-twentieth century and was then classified as a National Monument and transformed into a Pousada - and it shall be its final destination.