Saturday, August 04, 2018

Horta, Azores 2018

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The Azores is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, the other one being Madeira. The Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic about 800 miles west of mainland Portugal. Horta is on the island of Faial and has a population near 7,000 while the total population of the island is around 15,000. The marina is a primary stop for yachts crossing the Atlantic.

Horta's economy is supported by agriculture, livestock farming, fishing, and tourism. Not a lot to see beyond an interesting glimpse into Portugal's colonial past but a welcome walkabout to break up an Atlantic crossing. The climate is very mild, being influenced by the Gulf Stream, with daytime temperatures normally falling in the range of 60F to 75F, although it is generally wet and cloudy. See some sights here.

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