Faial Island’s capital of Horta is a regular stopping point for yachts and other vessels crossing the Atlantic. It has played host to streams of caravels, clippers, and catamarans over the centuries.
No visit to Horta would be complete without a stop at the Peters Cafe Sport, the most famous bar in the North Atlantic. Having first opened its doors on Christmas Day 1918, the Café Sport started life as just another bar in the busy port and city of Horta.
It was in the 1950s that the yachts began to visit Faial and the Café Sport began to build its unique reputation. The Café Sport, or Peter’s, as it is better known, has witnessed a continuous parade of the world’s best sailors and many international celebrities.
The Scrimshaw Museum above the famous Peters Cafe Sport houses engraved whale bones and teeth dating back to 1884. Horta is also a popular departure point for deep-sea fishing trips, whale-watching excursions, and scuba diving activities.
The Peter’s Cafe is so famous that is usual to hear:
“If you sail to Horta and you don’t visit Peter’s, you have not actually been to Horta.”