Pousada da Horta, Forte de Santa Cruz
The island of Faial belongs to a group of 9 islands of the Açores’ Archipelago.
It was discovered in the first half of the fifteenth century and population of this started in 1460.
In 1498 it was elevated to the status of ‘town’ by king D. Manuel I and on 4th July 1833 to ‘city’. At present it has as a county, the city of Horta, a name it got from the surname of Joss Van Hurtere, the First Captain Grantee.
The entrance to the fort was reconstructed in 1847; this date can be found above the fort’s gate.
A charming hotel within a sixteenth century fortress
The Pousada de Horta, Santa Cruz Fort, is a charming hotel that is found in a sixteenth-century fortress, built on the Horta Bay and classified in 1947 as a National Monument.
The clients of the hotel in Horta can take advantage of the stunning views of the Pico Island or the renowned Marina, where yachts are moored having arrived from all over the world.
Opened in 2004 the Pousada de Horta, with its classical décor, offers a regional restaurant with a view of the pool where you can delight in the specialities like crispy crackling over pineapple slices, oven baked tuna loaf, succulent steak, in the style of Faial or Terceira rib-eye-steak.
This hotel in the Açores has 28 modern comfortable rooms, 2 of which are suites. All come with cable LCD TV, mini bar and air conditioning. Most come with a balcony with a sea view.
Date of the Building:
Sixteenth Century Fort
Attractions of the Pousada:
Historic environment; the Pousada is found in a zone qualified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site, which is also a National Monument.
Horta Society of Jesus College; the São Salvador Church; the Florêncio Terra Garden; the São João Convent; the Empire of the Holy Spirit of Nobles; the N. Sra. da Glória Convent; Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church; the Regional Museum of Horta; the Peter Sport Café; the Scrimshaw Museum; the Faial Mills; the Capelinhos Volcano; the Cabeço Gordo hot springs; Whale Watching