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About Horta

A hugely popular meeting point for intrepid yachties travelling across the mighty Atlantic Ocean, look out for swish private yachts as you cruise into Horta. It was also the favourite stopping-off point for 1930s transatlantic flying boats, as recorded in the fascinating Horta museum. Horta is the capital of Fayal, one of the smallest of the nine remote Azores islands which are 760 miles away from their parent country, Portugal. There is some superb scenery as you tour the island, discovering sheltered bays and hidden coves but, for the most breathtaking views, head for the huge volcanic crater, Caldera.

 

Shore excursions in Horta

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Walk from Capelinhos to Varadouro

Activity high

Duration: 4¼ hours

Explore the landscape left behind by Horta’s now extinct volcanoes, on foot.

Setting off from the port you’ll drive to the Capelinhos Volcano, which rose from the sea in 1957. The volcano is now extinct, but you’ll see the effects of its devastating eruption. From here, you’ll begin your walk to Varadouro.

This guided walk explores what is certainly the most beautiful part of this lush volcanic island.

With every step, you'll be seduced by scenery and immersed in a culture that is a unique blend of Portuguese tradition and natural history.

Varadouro is a natural bay and is recognised by its natural pools made of black volcanic stone. It is a popular spot for summerhouses and offers lovely coastal views. Here, your walk will finish and you’ll take the return drive to the port.

During this tour, a short comfort stop will be made at a local café bar where refreshments can be purchased if required.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. The walk lasts approximately 2½ hours and is over 5 miles. Flat, non slip footwear suitable for walking over uneven, rough and sometimes wet ground are essential. A weatherproof jacket should be worn. It is advisable to carry some bottled water. There are no facilities for purchasing refreshments during the walk however there will be a short comfort stop en route to Capelinhos Volcano. Toilet facilities may be limited. Euros are accepted for purchases.

Caldeira and Capelinhos Volcano

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Admire the ‘Blue Island’, named because of its profusion of pretty blue hydrangeas and visit the impressive Capelinhos Volcano.

The belvedere at Espalamaca, is the perfect place to look out towards the port and the charming old town of Horta. You’ll also be able to see the islands of Pico, Sao Jorge and Graciosa, which make up part of the Archipelago.

Ascend 3,000 feet to the centre of the island to inspect the vast volcanic crater known as Caldeira. Considered as one of the major attractions of the island, it is over a mile in diameter and 1,200 feet deep, and is surrounded by exuberant vegetation.

Continuing westwards, you’ll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda, Praia do Norte and Norte Pequeno, from where there is a magnificent view of Capelinhos, the volcano which rose from the sea in 1957. The volcano is now extinct, but you will see the effects of its devastating eruption.

You’ll return along the south coast of this hydrangea-filled, windmill-dotted island, through Capelo and Castel Branco.

During this tour, a short comfort stop will be made at a local café bar where refreshments can be purchased if required.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. This tour involves some walking over uneven ground, including some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised to take a jacket, as a cool breeze may be experienced at the Volcano. Toilet facilities may be limited at the comfort stop. Euros are accepted for purchases.

Explore Horta on Foot

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Enjoy the highlights of Horta on foot, visiting the Peter Café Sport and the Scrimshaw Museum.

Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walk through the town of Horta. Pause to capture photos of the beautiful marina, which is usually filled with yachts using Horta as a port of call during their voyage across the Atlantic. The walls and walkways are covered in colourful paintings created by visitors from all over the world, who have noted the name of their vessel and crew, as well as the year they visited.

Your guided walk continues to the town centre and past the ‘Forte de Sta Cruz’, a wonderful 16th century fortress that was transformed into a small hotel in 1969. From here you’ll proceed to one of the town’s main attractions; Peter Café Sport. Established in 1918 as a coffee house to provide shelter and support for international yachtsman, Peter Café Sport has remained a popular place for yachtsmen and tourists, and following the opening of the Peter’s Scrimshaw Museum in 1986, it is now a place that visitors to Faial must visit.

Round off your tour with a visit to the Scrimshaw Museum, which showcases an impressive private collection of sculptures carved from the teeth of sperm whales.

Essential information

This excursion will operate entirely on foot from the quayside and involves 2 hours of walking plus some steps, inclines and uneven ground.

Jeep Safari

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Capture the beauty of Horta during a 4x4 jeep tour around the island.

Embark on a fun-filled journey by 4x4 jeep, pausing at some of the island’s most beautiful spots.

At Espalamaca Belvedere, take in the wonderful views of Horta town and on a clear day, the neighbouring islands of Pico, Sáo. Jorge and Graciosa.

Continuing by 4x4, you’ll ascend 3,000 feet to the centre of the island to view the vast volcanic crater; Caldeira. At over 3,000 feet high, you’ll have sweeping views of the crater blanketed in lush greenery. Afterwards, a stop will be made at Capelinhos to see the effect of the devastating volcanic eruption which rose from the sea in 1957.

Your return journey to the ship takes you along the coast via the popular summer resort of Varadouro.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. Each 4x4 vehicle is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate.

Scenic Island Drive

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy delightful scenery and stunning views on this leisurely tour of Horta.

Relax and soak up the spectacular scenery as a leisurely drive introduces you to the beautiful island of Faial, often referred to as the Blue Island due to the vast amount of hydrangeas that bloom here during the summer months. As you wind your way around the island, you’ll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda and Norte Pequeno, before heading to Capelinhos.

The Capelinhos volcanic eruption occurred in 1957, rising from the sea and remaining active for 13 months. This natural phenomenon is one of the most remarkable volcanoes in the world and a significant part of the island’s history. Today, the site houses a wonderful Interpretative Centre which depicts the story of the volcanic eruption as well as the geological history of the Azores.

Round off your tour with a stop at the 4 Star Hotel do Canal. Sit back and relax with refreshments of tea, coffee and pastries and marvel at the breathtaking views over the bay.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. There is a short walk of approximately 10 minutes at the Capelinhos Volcano area, over uneven ground. The visit to the Interpretative Centre is non-guided and therefore the amount of walking required is at passengers’ discretion.

 

A selection of cruises to Horta

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