"If you sail to Horta and don't visit Peter you don't really know Horta."
Originally called the Casa Azores the café was opened at the end of the 19th century by Ernesto Azevedo as a handicraft shop, but gradually began selling drinks too (in particular gin & tonics favoured by the British). The café continued as a family business with Henrique Azevedo moving it to its current location in 1983 and giving it the name of Café Sport.
The name 'Peter' originated when the Lusitania II of the Royal Navy was in port and a Petty Officer in charge of munitions and maintainence said that the young Jose Azevedo reminded him of one of his sons at home called Peter and the name quickly stuck.
Over the years ships' crews and round-the-world sailors have passed by the island, leaving behind flags, gifts and photos at the café. Even the blue and black paint of the original exterior was a gift from the crew of a Dutch ocean-going tug during the Second World War! Now run by Jose Azevedo and renowned among sailors Peter Café Sport is a must for anyone visiting Horta.
It's not just a place to drink and rest but somewhere to meet with the locals, tourists and fellow sailors, collect your post or get a weather report – a perfect place for to welcome the new arrivals from ARC Europe each evening.