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Faial Island - Horta
The Fort of Santa Cruz (above Horta Bay), like most others in Azores, was originally built for protection against Moorish pirates. It was started in the year 1567, and a 2 per cent tax was placed on imports and exports and on harbor dues for financing the work. Some gunners and cannon were sent to the island to man the Fort but construction went slowly owing to the lack of funds, and in 1572 an additional tax on meat, olive oil, wine and salt was decreed to speed up its completion.  In 1580 the Spaniards occupied Portugal; but the Azores remained loyal to Dom António, Prior de Crato, and it was only after some difficulty (particularly in Terceira where the inhabitants brought down semi-wild bulls against the invaders who were forced to retire before returning with a stronger force) that the Spanish subdued the Islands.
Pousada da Horta - Forte de Santa Cruz, Horta
Style: Charming Pousada w/Pool in 16th C. Fortress
The Pousada da Horta, Forte de Santa Cruz, is set in a 16th century fortress built over the Horta bay and is classified as a National Monument since 1947. With a magnificent view of the Pico Island, you can also admire the famous Marina and its yachts.  It is an ideal charming hotel to enjoy unforgettable moments, from business meetings to leisure time. Walking, Bicycle, Horse riding or diving excursions are some of the several activities you can do, always surrounded by a beautiful scenario.
Terceira Island - Angra Do Heroismo
Terceira Island is an island in the Azores Archipelago, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Angra do Heroísmo, the historical capital of the Azores, is located on Terceira, and its historical centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The island has two ports in Angra do Heroísmo and in Praia da Vitória. It also has a military base in Lajes. Angra do Heroísmo is the oldest city in the Azores dating back to 1534.
Pousada de Angra do Heroismo - Forte de Sao Sebastiao
Style: Historic Design Pousada w/pool Formerly a 16th C. Fortress
The Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo, Forte São Sebastião, is located within a 16th century Fortress and known as the Castelinho (little castle) of São Sebastião, which was constructed by demand of El-Rei D. Sebastião, whose name was given to it.  The castle is surrounded by high walls, parts of which are well preserved ruins in nowadays. It still preserves the most characteristic elements and, not a long time ago, used to fly the Portuguese flag.  This historic design hotel is situated in the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983.

 
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