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The Marina of Horta

Horta Harbour, Horta, Faial Island, Portugal
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Horta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Marinas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Exciting to see all the messages painted along the dock by people from all over the world who had sailed here. Very Colorful place besides the excitement and romance of being here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

If you're a yachtsman crossing the Atlantic, Horta is a good stop. If you're a tourist, it's fun to see the boats, and (maybe) chat with the people. Other than that, there is not much to say. The harbour is best viewed from a cafe, with a beverage.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We are the second owners of the Sailing. Vessel Piano. We added our dates to the original owners painting on the sea wall. We also took cycles around the volcanic crater, and then downhill back to the base it was awesome! Horta is a great place to begin travels around the Acores. We also visited all of the other islands... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Hundreds of yachts cross the Atlantic every year. Most sailors stop in this marina on their way. They also leave a little painting to mark this moment. This is a unique marina, international, with adventurers, sailors, fishermen, whale and dolphin watchers. Unique.

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Lincs UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We sat on our balcony watching the continual activity in the marina - everything from large cargo boats, coasters, a gas tanker to children learning to sail their dinghies as well as the yachts etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You would not come to the Azores or Faial just to see the Marina of Horta and the paintings by sailors who have docked here. But this is a must see if visiting the island. Wander along the quays and try to think about the great adventures the brave people who made these paintings had, how they gave up jobs... More

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Viareggio, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I am more on the other side of the thing being a mariner and passing by Horta harbour quite often. Nonetheless I would recommend a walk on this quay to everybody fascinated by sailing and travels by the sea. Its best merit is being a real, spontaneus place. Mariners painted the walls for decades now and it is not uncommon... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

come sailors and sailboats to visit this marina. It is better than any boat show. And you must spend time walking the docks and seeing the "art" created by the crews once they make landfall in the Azores. My favorite piece of art...the drawing of a sailboat with the words IT WAS A HARD TRIP.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We loved the Horta Marina.. Particularly all the sailor's paintings. There's a great array of yachts of all sizes, and it's clear why they choose to dock in Horta! I'd recommend it, but ideally not when a cruise liner docks, and floods the little town with 'cruisers'!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Yeh - I'm one of those silly people who sailed across the Atlantic (on Anahita) for fun! So after eighteen days at sea it was great to enter the marina at Horta and walk on dry land again. Truthfully, I very much enjoyed our five day rest here & we painted a Betty Boo with our names on (Bruce, Bijan,... More

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