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Porto Pim Bay

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Address: Rua Nova, n.7 | Horta, Faial Island 9900-023, Portugal

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Stop by the whaling museum

We walked over to this area from downtown Horta - it's quite close. We were happy to see the museum was open. This museum was smaller than expected given the size of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Laurie L
Plymouth, Minnesota
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked over to this area from downtown Horta - it's quite close. We were happy to see the museum was open. This museum was smaller than expected given the size of the building & the fact that it processed whales. The entrance fee was nominal and worth the cost. It’s walking distance from downtown Horta and very near the... More 

Thank Laurie L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place! The views of the volcano are great as well as the fort and town.... Awesome little bar just down the street overlooking the bay.... Wow!

Thank Callie2009
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

A rare sandy beach in the Azores _ and one that's right in the middle of the city! We spent two afternoons at Porto Pim after activities earlier in the day. It's busy, but not overly crowded. There are also a few restaurants/cafes along the beach which is nice.

Thank Julie P
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Just a few minutes walk from the busier part of Horta this is a small sandy beach in a sheltered bay. Some lifeguard protection, cafes close by.

Thank johnfred4
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1,071 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We visited this small, sandy, blue flag beach on a way to a walk on Monte Guia. Only part of the beach is patrolled by a lifeguard, but there is signage to indicate which part is covered. When we visited, it was good to see that litter was being picked up. Although it's only couple of minutes walk from the... More 

Thank mikeedeedee
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

A lovely quiet beach in the city center? This is it! The perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Atlantic waters in a protected bay.

Thank Luis M
Mount Albert
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015

We happened upon this quaint cafe directly on the Porto Pim beach area as we admired the sunset and its dazzling display of colours from Rua Areinha Velha. It seemed like Cafe Porto Pim had reserved front row seats to nature's showcase as the outside patio tables had an unrivalled viewing advantage. The location was great too - just a... More 

Thank CruisersRus
Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

A must see. The most important revenue of Azores in the past was the whaling factory. The whales sub-products like oil and bones were exported to the world and marked a turn in the industry. Nowadays the whales are a protected specie and the whaling industry turned in whale whatching and protection. In the whaling factory of Porto Pim, you... More 

Thank Isacarrefour
Wheeler End
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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

This is a superb beach for all - sandy (in a volcanic fashion), good snorkeling, warm seas, reasonably shallow and safe. For those driving in from outside Horta, there is loads of parking. For those in Horta, it's easy to walk to. At either end of the beach there are good tavernas and the superb whaling museum.

Thank 1971Toby
Newbury, England
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

On a return visit to this lovely sandy beach, my teenage son & I discovered that the rocky bit near the bars is an excellent place for some gentle snorkeling. We saw plenty of colorful fish and a ray. We are beginner snorkelers and this was just right for us as we could walk into the water from the sandy... More 

Thank Fangthewonderdog

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