Walking in the Horta’s Marina (Horta – Faial)
We must focus on what makes us happy. Thus, I could not miss the opportunity to discover the city of Horta in Faial – Azores while waiting for a flight home. Walking is a pleasure in every circumstances.
The time was short so I took a taxi at the airport and about 15 minutes and € 12.50 after I arrived in the city of Horta. I asked to stop by the marina.
I have always been curious to observe closely the colorful mosaic left by sailors from all corners of the world who have visited it since 1986. They believe that with these paintings on the walls, alluding to the boats, the boats will arrive safely at their destination. They are often retouched by their authors after a few years, when they return to Faial and the new ones are painted in the empty spaces left by the time erosion. It was the case of the friendly adventurer of the “Wildeman” (I’m not sure that’s how it’s written), a dutch boat whose crewmember was caught in flagrant with the paintbrush and paints in her hands.
Visiting Horta Marina is just like exploring an authentic open-air art gallery, where the whole world exhibits original paintings and colorful words.
Protected by the winds, stopping at Horta Bay is almost mandatory for those traveling in the North Atlantic as well as for those who connect the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Visiting the marina is just like exploring an authentic open-air art gallery, where the whole world exhibits original paintings and colorful words.
I imagine the sea stories that those who have chosen this harbor port have to tell. Nearby we can stop at the charismatic and famous Peter’s Café Sport and sit down a bit listening to some of these stories tasting a gin tonic.
The time passed at a glance and almost without realizing the time of my flight arrived. At Vasco da Gama Street, near Horta Fort dating from the 16th century, I take a taxi that took me back to the airport.
There is always something to discover in a next opportunity and because of my limited time I could not walk through the bay of “Porto Pim” and climb to “Monte da Guia”, two good reasons for my next visit. See you soon Azores!
(Sign up for the newsletter to receive the next hiking trail by email)