Horta is a city and single municipality in the western part of Archipelago of the Azores, which encompasses the island of Faial. In 2011 the population was 15,000 on an area of 173.06 km2 (66.8 ml2). The city of Horta has a population of around 7,000.
On July 28, 2012 a new passenger ferry and dock was opened across the harbour at the mouth of Ribeira da Conceicao (across from the District Courthouse). A 33M Euro project, the new dock was started in 2009, and resulted in a 393 m (1,289 ft) long wharf, with a 267 m (876 ft) usable docking space, 80 m (260 ft) width and a pair of ramps for RO-RO operations for express purpose of supporting traveler's traffic within the triangle islands of central Azores.
The marina is a prime stop for yachts that cross the Atlantic. Its walkways and walls are covered in paintings which were created by visitors to note the names of their ships, crews, and the years they called on. Peter's Cafe Sport, situated across from the marina, houses isle's scrimshaw museum. A collection of artifacts, from jawbone to whale tooth, is a point of reference for transatlantic sailors.
The city boasts its Horta Regional Museum which features the permanent Exhibition of Capelinhos Volcano, which details in photographs the recent volcanic eruption in the Azores (1957). The museum contains a collection of scale models of ships, buildings, and people carved from fig kernels by Euclides Rosa.
In June 1867, Mark Twain visited Horta near the beginning of a pleasure excursion to Jerusalem and described his visit, with sardonic commentary on the culture and people of Horta, in 'The Innocents Abroad'. Sailing the Spray, Joshua Slocum stopped in Horta on the first leg of a solo circumnavigation, chronicled in his book "Sailing Alone Around the World" (1899). In works by Vitorino Nemesio, Raul Brandao, the island is characterized as focus of the story. Jules Verne mentions Horta in descriptions to his popular fiction tales.
Horta cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Faial Island (Ilha do Faial) Azores dock (anchor) at Horta - port town on the southeastern coast.
The Horta cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Horta, Faial Island, Azores.
If you lose the Horta location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Horta cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Horta, Faial Island, Azores. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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