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“The paintings have so many stories behind them”

The Marina of Horta
Ranked #3 of 37 things to do in Horta
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“The paintings have so many stories behind them”
Reviewed 5 July 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 and a comfortable life for this once in a lifetime experience to cross or re-cross the Atlantic and how it changed them as people, couples or families. It is nice to see how many people did it as families.

Have a drink after in Peter's cafe - Cafe Sport. Think about how many people were desperate to reach dry land and celebrate with a gin and tonic or humble beer in this famous watering hole

Visited July 2014
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“A must visit promenade”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

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 meeting a crew playing with paints, brushes and tape to leave thei sign.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“From all over the world...”
Reviewed 21 May 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.

Visited May 2014
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed 16 April 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'!

Visited April 2014
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“After sailing from Antigua - land at last!”
Reviewed 3 February 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, Roseanne & Paul) not for good luck as many people believe but actually to ward off bad luck. We arrived shortly before the end of May and the weather was still cool to say the least. Out of the wind it was quite pleasant but the iciness of the wind could still chill to the bone.
Loved looking round the hundreds of paintings on the walls and walkways was amazing. The atmosphere in the few decent bars also great. And the camaraderie of fellow sailors second to none. Disappointingly (for Paul at least) the women were among the ugliest I've ever come across and must clearly have been the end result of years of interbreeding!
Anyway, been there & ticked the box. Unsure why anyone would travel here unless doing a trans-Atlantic.

Visited May 2013
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