Horta 2 (a club in ruins), Portimão, Portugal

Posted: July 19, 2011 in Portugal

Yes, yes, I know. This is petty urbex but I couldn’t resist. This place used to be a club, or, as older people say, a disco… or… as even older people say, a “boite”.  Established in a touristic zone, it reached its peak by the late 70’s and the 80’s. Its decoration and indoors layout were revolutionary by then. There was even a small water pool outside and there was water inside too, like, in waterfalls.

I visited this place once. It was almost 20 years ago. I had been invited for a weekend in the beach house of a friend of a friend. I spend a great couple of days, with a group of fine young people. We were all in our middle twenties and in one of the evenings we drove from Lagos to Horta 2. It was a hell of a night.

Never again I heard about Horta 2, not until I came across these ruins just yesterday. I was told there was an effort to renovate the place, but whoever was involved ran out of money and the workers left the building as it was. Now it’s just a ruin, an ugly ruin which is still able to speak about other times, glorious days of luxury, passion, love, excitement, expectations.

It’s quite easy to get there. The building stands next to the main road (EN 125) and the gate is wide open. Feel free to visit, shoot some pictures around… enjoy. Coordinates: N 37° 09.200 W 008° 37.549

  1. horta2 says:

    Incrível! Todas as semanas estou a 2 km do local e nunca tive curiosidade em visitar esse espaço, onde tantas noites vivi – 1988-1992

    obrigado pelas fotos

  2. Hans Berglund says:

    I was there! When it was alive in the roaring 80- ties. Brilliant pictures, I am back!

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