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Ponta Delgada is the largest municipality and administrative capital of the autonomous region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the Azorean Archipelago. Three central civil parishes comprise this historical city: São Pedro, São Sebastião and São José. The municipality of Ponta Delgada is one of the larger administrative divisions in the archipelago, extending from the centre of the island to its western coast. Along the southern coast is the urbanized core of the historic town of Ponta Delgada, which includes the principal civic infrastructures, high-capacity motorways, tourist and culture attractions, as well as the businesses and government services. Ponta Delgada includes the civil parishes of Santa Clara, São José, São Sebastião and São Pedro, which is divided by the motorways with the urbanized contour of Fajã de Cima and Fajã de Baixo.
 
The Azores form an archipelago of nine beautiful mountainous islands, located well out in the Atlantic Ocean, significantly closer to Europe than North America. Ponta Delgada, the chief port and administrative center on the island of Sao Miguel, lies 900 miles west of Lisbon. Cruise ships on positioning voyages between North America and Europe often call there.
 
Discovered in the 15th century by exploring Flemish and Portuguese sailors, Sao Miguel Island became a favorite stopover for passing ships because of fresh farm food and the abundance of fish in the surrounding waters. Ponta Delgada attained city status one hundred years later, and today the city's population numbers 45,000 with a further 20,000 residing in smaller towns and on the countryside. Since 1976, the Azores have status as an autonomous region of the Portuguese Republic.
 
 
Volcanic activity has produced some pretty spectacular scenery on the island, along with some of the highest mountains in "Europe" (if you include the rise from the seabed). Visitors stream out of Ponta Delgada to climb the crater rims for breathtaking views down onto blue and green lakes, hike the mountain and nature trails, and gaze out to sea from mighty headlands.
 
Unlike the Canary Islands, where travelers go for predictably hot weather and good beaches, the Azores draw a different type of visitor -- one who appreciates the natural beauty of a subtropical environment that produces pineapples, good wines and creamy white cheeses. Hence, beach and resort hotels are few by comparison.
 
The coastal and interior beauty of the Azorean Archipelago has made it one of Portugal's most popular tourist destinations. São Miguel Island is absolutely stunning, and a visit here offers a unique opportunity to discover and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Ponta Delgada. Its most famous characteristics include the volcanic mountains, blue and green crater lakes, hot springs, rolling hills, and exceptional lush greenery. The village of Sete Cidades, an incredibly picturesque and awe-inspiring locale, lies inside a large crater of the same name and is perhaps the most beautiful of Ponta Delgada's many natural wonders.
 
The culture, history and architecture of Ponta Delgada is best-experienced during a visit to its historic centre, which includes the Lower Town, or Baixa. This urban core is home to a wide array of splendid buildings, shops and landmarks gathered over the centuries around the square of São Sebastião and Praça Gonçalo Velho. Some of Ponta Delgada's most prominent Old World sites include the Municipal Hall, Gates to the City, or Portas da Cidade, Town Hall, Carlos Machado Museum, Santa Catarina Palace, Forte de São Bras, Church of Sao Jose, Parish Church of São Sebastião, old customs buildings, main tower of the SolMar Avenida Centre Mall, Rua dos Mercadores, and Theatre Micalense. In addition, the old Portuguese town of Ribeira Grande is noted for being the largest and oldest city on the north coast.
 
Experience Ponta Delgada's breath-taking inland beauty during outdoor activities such as is bird-watching, mountain, valley and volcano hiking, canyoning, rock-climbing, hang-gliding, white-water rafting, zip-lining, all-terrain vehicle trails, 4WD tours at Azores Safari, golfing at the Batalha Golf Course, and tennis and horseback riding at Praia das Melicias. The teeming, crystal-clear waters of Ponta Delgada's harbour, bay and beaches are ideally-suited for swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, scuba diving at the Caloura Resort, surfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, boating, canoeing, sea-kayaking, whale-watching, and a wide array of other popular water sports during your visit.
 
Cruise-ship visitors to Ponta Delgada will often drive out into the countryside for visits to small villages and natural volcanic wonders. There's usually time afterward for a relaxed amble through the lovely port city, noted for its squares paved with black and white tiles, beautiful churches, and public buildings with their white-painted facades and brown-black volcanic stone trim. Fish and shellfish fans will discover moderately priced restaurants, some right outside the cruise terminal.
 
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships  dock at the Portas do Mar Pier. Ponta Delgada's town centre can be reached via a one-mile (1.6-kilometre) drive, or a 5-10-minute walk on-foot. Taxis are generally available at the port gate; please make sure to establish a price before starting any journey.
 
Terminal Maritimo, the principal cruise facility, is conveniently located, if you want to walk from Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique. the main street running along Ponta Delgada's harborfront. In addition, some ships may berth at the more remote outer breakwater. Depending on how far out on this arm the ship is docked, it can be a longish 10- to 20-minute walk into Ponta Delgada. If you're docked on the outer breakwater, you won't find any services until you pass through the security gates into town.

Taxis are available at the cruise terminal and outer breakwater. Minibus routes serve Ponta Delgada's outlying residential districts, and standard-size buses link the rest of the island. You'll find stops along Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique; just pay the driver when boarding. You can rent cars at the terminal through Autatlantis, which offers rates with unlimited mileage plus taxes. Car rental is a good touring option, as traffic is generally light, though roads beyond the city are curvy and narrow, especially when climbing into the hills. Additional auto rentals are found left along Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique.
 
Hanging Around
From the main terminal building's exit, a row of outdoor/indoor restaurants stretches along a promenade to the right. To the left, cafe bars, some with free Wi-Fi (if you purchase a drink or snack), and shops lead the way to town.

Attractions 

Town Centre
Ponta Delgada's historic town centre is among the loveliest and most historic of any town centre in the Azores. The most obvious attraction is the architecture. Buildings with stark white walls are enhanced by black volcanic stone that adorns corners, doors and windows. Some of the most prominent landmarks include the Town Hall, Carlos Machado Museum, Santa Catarina Palace, Fort São Bras, and Parish Church of São Sebastião. Ponta Delgada also features a picturesque, bustling fishing harbour that enhances the town's unparalleled beauty and charm.
 
Sete Cidades Village and Volcano
This picturesque village of Sete Cidades lies inside a large, extinct crater of the same name. The edge of the crater towers 1,900 feet (579 metres) above sea level, and is eight miles (12.9 kilometres) in circumference. It offers magnificent views of four lakes at the bottom. Two of the lakes, Lagoa Azul, the 'Blue Lake', and Lagoa Verde, the 'Green Lake', are linked, and framed by steep slopes covered with trees and flowers. The banks and small peninsula of Lagoa Azul are ideal for restful walks and picnics.Adjacent to Lagoa Azul is a picturesque garden with magnificent trees and masses of azaleas. Inside the crater lies the picturesque village of Sete Cidades, with curious houses in a popular architectural style and a 19th-century neo-Gothic parish church, as well as green pastures and Santiago Lake.
 
Pico da Barrosa Mountain
The Serra of Água de Pau mountain range is crowned by Pico da Barrosa. The view of Fire Lake from the summit of this spectacular mountain is considered to be among the most beautiful on the island.
 
Pineapple Plantation
Visit a pineapple plantation, see the vast greenhouses, and learn about the process of cultivating and marketing this tropical fruit.
 
Church of the Jesuit College

This splendid old religious sanctuary was erected in the late-16th century, when Ponta Delgada was a commercial trans-Atlantic stopover from the New World.
 
Portas da Cidade
The spectacular Gates to the City, or Portas da Cidade, is the historical entrance to the village of Ponta Delgada.
 
Paços do Concelho
This Baroque-style building, located on Praça do Município, is a splendid example of Baroque-style architecture. Its tower, built in 1724, features a 16th-century bell, and offers a superb view overlooking the city. In front of the building is the Statue of São Miguel Arcanjo, the main saint of the Island.
 
Palácio de Santana
Designed in 1846, this lovely palace is located inside a beautiful, expansive garden on the north side in Ponta Delgada, and today serves as the residence of the President of the Regional Government of the Azores.
 
Museu Carlos Machado
The former Saint André Convent, this 16th-century monument currently houses the Carlos Machado Museum, the oldest and one of the most notable museums of the Azores. The museum originally focused on natural history, with collections in zoology, botany, geology and mineralogy, then was expanded with the addition of art and ethnographic sections. The present collection also includes fascinating exhibits of regional ethnography, detailing the traditions and customs of island life, jewellery, glazed tiles, porcelain, and toys. Upstairs, there is an interesting gallery of folk art, contemporary paintings and sculptures. Of special interest is a collection of 16th-century oil paintings from the Portuguese school. The museum is surrounded by a lush garden with fountains and benches.
 
Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança
The lovely 16th-century Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope is home to the magnificent statue of Christ of Miracles, or 'Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres' the patron of the largest religious festival in the Azores.
 
Whale-Watching
Whale-watching is big on the Azores, and Ponta Delgada has several companies offering excursions in search of these magnificent mammals. The Azores features several species of migrating whales, as well as sperm whales that reside here year-round.
 
Tobacco Factory
Ponta Delgada is home to a tobacco factory that produces cigarettes from the tobacco grown on the island, and cigars from tobacco leaves from other countries such as Indonesia, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. You can observe the cigar-rolling process, learn about tobacco production on the island and purchase hand-rolled cigars following the tour.
 
Ribeira Grande
The island's oldest town, Ribeira Grande, is located on a volcanic plateau above the sea. The narrow, cobbled lanes of this lovely Colonial village feature Portuguese architecture dating from the 16th century.
 
Furnas Valley
The Furnas Valley is geothermal expanse consisting of 22 hot springs, mud pools and geysers which emit steam heavy with the smell of sulphur. See caldeiras venting throughout the area and mineral waters flowing from spigots scattered across the volcanic landscape, each with a different taste. Learn how locals use these steaming pools to cook stew, or cozido, and boil corn and chestnuts.
 
Terra Nostra Park
Located in the picturesque parish of Furnas, Terra Nostra Park is a romantic vision of ponds, winding paths, flowers and centuries-old exotic trees in a serene setting. Two streams converge in the park, and there is a pond of warm thermal water that is used as a swimming-pool.
 
Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens
Located just outside of the town of Furnas, the delightful Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens feature lovely trails circling beautifully groomed lakes and streams, plantations of hydrangea and camellia, extensive grottoes and century-old trees.
 
Pico do Ferro Belvedere
The summit of the Pico do Ferro Belvedere offers spectacular panoramic views of the volcanic Furnas Valley.
 
Santa Iria Belvedere
The Santa Iria Belvedere featuring stunning views of the island's north coast and Atlantic Ocean.
 
Vila Franca do Campo
Originally settled in 1472, this village-port was the first capital of São Miguel and is currently one of the principal tourist centres of the Azorean Archipelago.
 
Sao Sebastiao Church
The exquisite, 15th-century Sao Sebastiao Church is the main church in Ponta Delgada. Its entrances are designed in the Manueline style, a unique Portuguese building style from the 15th century. The church's interior abounds with exotic wood carvings from around the world.
 
Town Hall
Located just around the corner from Ponta Delgada's main square, the historic Town Hall is among the loveliest buildings in the city. Formerly the home of a wealthy merchant family, this Baroque-style structure features a 17th-century bell tower
 
Forte de São Bras
Forte de São Bras is a Renaissance fortress from the 16th century that was originally built to defend Ponta Delgada against pirate attacks. This well-maintained fort is situated in a scenic location by the fishing harbour. It serves as a base for the Portuguese Navy, houses the Military Museum and is open to the public.
 
Praca Goncalo Velho Cabral
The main square in Ponta Delgada, Praca Goncalo Velho Cabral is adorned with splendid, Old World architecture, especially the three arches on the main square that are the remains of the entrance at the Old City wall from 1783, but now serve as a monument.
 
São Miguel
The indented coast of São Miguel provides sea-lovers with charming beaches nestling among cliffs, natural swimming-pools formed among the rocks and charming coastal villages. Included are São Pedro, São Roque, Populo, Lagoa (Baixa da Areia), Caloura, Agua d'Alto, Vila Franca do Campo and its islet, Ribeira Cha, Ribeira Quente, Porto Formoso, Praia dos Moinhos, Capelas, Mosteiros, and Pico das Camarinhas.
 
José do Canto Botanical Garden
Owned by the same family for more than 17 generations, the José do Canto Garden features several buildings: a Victorian-style Greenhouse; the 17th-century Chapel of Sant'Ana; an 18th-century Manor House; and the Palace, a reconstructed, 16th-century house destroyed by an earthquake. The entire structure is made of cubed basalt stone blocks, and the gardens are comprised of several thousand plant species from around the world.
 
Mercado da Graça (Farmer's Market)
This bustling local market abounds with stalls offering fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, cheeses, flowers, and handicrafts from throughout the region.
 
Jardim António Borges
This pleasant green space, one of the largest in the town of Ponta Delgada, features small lakes, grottos, stone work, paths, and bridges throughout. Highlights include a superb Indian rubber tree, statue of António Borges de Câmara Medeiros, children's playground and café.
 
Igreja de São Pedro
Construction of this monument began in the 15th century, and took more than two centuries to finish. Highlights include its original gilded woodcarvings, richly ornamented high altar, beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary of the Pains, several images and reliquaries from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the painting Feast of Pentecost by the Portuguese artist Pedro Alexandrino de Carvalho, and beautiful ornate windows.
 
Ermida da Mãe de Deus (Chapel of Mother of God)
This hilltop chapel offers beautiful panoramic vistas overlooking the city of Ponta Delgada, The original church that stood here was demolished in 1915 over fears it could be targeted by German submarines during World War I. Reconstruction began in 1925, and was completed in the 1940s. Due to its high elevation and commanding views, the church has been used as a military lookout and was occupied by Portuguese soldiers during World War II.
 
Centro Municipal de Cultura
Located on scenic Largo Mártires da Pátria, the 17th-century Centro Municipal de Cultura was originally a private home. Today, it houses several art collections and exhibits, and is adorned with a lush garden full of greenery and flowers.
 
Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo de Ponta Delgada (Public Library and Archives)
 Founded in 1841, this Public Library and Archives is considered to be one of the most important in Portugal due to the wealth and diversity of its endowments and collections. The museum houses book collections dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the Camões collection, and first and other valuable editions.
 
Campo de São Francisco
In front of Igreja de São José is the Campo de São Francisco, or 'Praça 5 de Outubro'. Dominating the square is an old, large metrosídero tree that blooms with beautiful bright red pompom flowers during the summer months. On the north side is the Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança. The evocative Monumento ao Emigrante, dedicated to the countless islanders who emigrated to the New World, adorns the south side of the square. This square is a popular local meeting place during the summer months, and frequently hosts concerts and performances. It is also used for many festive activities during the Festa de Santo Cristo dos Milagres (fifth Sunday after Easter), the largest and oldest religious event in Portugal.
 
Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora de Esperança (Our Lady of Hope)
On the far northern part of Campo de São Francisco, parallel with the seafront, is the Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora de Esperança (Our Lady of Hope). Completed in 1541 and occupied by the nuns of the order of St Francis, this chapel's fame comes mainly from the cult of the image of Jesus Christ of the Miracles, or Santo Cristo dos Milagres, a statue lavishly adorned with jewels. The gilded altar is truly remarkable, and the 18th-century glazed tiles on the walls of the lower floor are priceless.
 
Igreja de São José (Saint Joseph's Church)
Designed as the largest sacred building in the Azores, the triple-nave Saint Joseph's Church, or Igreja de São José, is part of a large complex that includes a Franciscan Monastery and a chapel honoring our Lady of Sorrow. It was built in 1709 on the site of the smaller chapel from the 16th century. Behind the rather plain, yet imposing façade is a richly-adorned interior that includes three aisles with painted arches, an altar with gilded carving, and the traditional blue and white glazed azulejos from the 18th century. There are also some interesting 17th- and 18th-century Hispanic-Mexican paintings, along with Baroque jacaranda furniture.
 
Igreja do Santo Cristo
One of the most beautiful churches in Ponta Delgada, the Igreja do Santo Cristo is officially a museum. The entire building is a work of art, and the incredibly detailed interior and floral arrangements are simply stunning. Each year, the Feast of Senhor Santo Christo attracts thousands of people to the church.
 
Lagoa das Empadadas
Located high in the hills of San Miguel, these beautiful, pristine lakes were formed by adjacent volcanic craters, are highlighted by lush green flora and fauna, and offer spectacular views in all directions.
 
Pinhal da Paz
This expansive, family-friendly park, nature reserve and recreation area features barbecues, children's playgrounds, biking and walking trails, soccer fields, a maze, and wildlife such as deer, guinea fowl and peacocks. The park's hilltop tower offering spectacular panoramic views of Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, the Atlantic Ocean and centre of the island.
 
Outdoor Activities
Experience Ponta Delgada's exquisite inland beauty during outdoor activities such as is bird-watching, mountain, valley and volcano hiking, canyoning, rock-climbing, hang-gliding, white-water rafting, zip-lining, all-terrain vehicle trails, 4WD tours at Azores Safari, golfing at the Batalha Golf Course, and tennis and horseback riding at the Praia das Melicias. The teeming, crystal-clear waters of Ponta Delgada's harbour, bay and beaches are ideally-suited for swimming with dolphins, snorkelling
 
Pedestrians should cross roads at designated crosswalks and be aware of fast-moving cars on one-way streets. If driving, note that the secondary roads are narrow and twisty, and driving up into the clouds requires caution. But otherwise, motoring is a pleasure, as the island is so beautiful, and it's very hard to get lost since the sea is your guide to finding the coastal road back to Ponta Delgada. Watch out for turnoffs that lead to a viewpoint and a short hike down to the sea or along a cliff.

Volcanic Lakes: The Azores archipelago is noted for its volcanoes (most recent significant volcanic activity took place in 1957) and resulting craters, as well as beautiful green mountain scenery. Two of the main attractions are Fire Lake, set in a nature reserve seen from Pico de Barrosa, and Siete Cidades Crater Lake, viewed from the rim at Vista do Rei or at lake level from the village of Sete Cidades. One lake is a deep blue, and the other a contrasting rich green. A bonus to visiting the lakes is the drive along coastal roads and through pretty villages noted for their charming Catholic churches. In the spring, hydrangeas and Easter lilies abound.
 
Ponta Delgada: The town of Ponta Delgada, the main commercial center and port, is quite charming, featuring sidewalks paved with black and white volcanic stones in distinctive patterns. Many buildings have whitewashed facades with brown-black window trim and reddish pipe roofs. From the cruise terminal, walk ahead to Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique and then left along the harborfront, lined with stores, cafes and restaurants. At the Praca GV Cabal, the square is enclosed on three sides and dominated by whitewashed, triple-arched town gates, trimmed in black volcanic stone, and a handsome, tall, square clock tower. The tourist office is located there.
 
Convento da Esperanza and Igreja de Santo Cristo: The Convent of Esperanca and the Church of Santo Cristo is located in the town center, near the Forte (Fort) Sao Bras. Inside the church and to the right is a public chapel with an enormously elaborate gilded arched ceiling and engaged columns; to the left is a lovely private chapel for the nuns. The meditation foyer between the two is tiled with soft blue and white murals. At right angles stands the Igreja de Sao Jose (Church of San Jose), much larger and plainer, using grey stone blocks for the columns, but with an elaborate gilded altar and arced ceiling above.
Island Tours: For the independently minded, one alternative to the ship's shore excursion program would be to hire a taxi for a half day or full day and ask the driver to make one of two circuits. For the eastern half of Sao Miguel Island, visit scenic Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) from the viewpoint of Miradouro da Serra da Barrosa and make stops in Villa Franca do Campo and Ribeira Grande, two attractive seaside towns. For the western end, make stops at Sete Cidades, a village on the shore of Lagoa Azul and close to Lagoa Verde, and the viewpoints Vista do Rei and Santiago Land. If taking off for a full day, stop for a seafood lunch; the catch of the day will be fresh and the prices moderate. Alternately, skip the taxi, and rent a car instead. It is simply a pleasure to enjoy the ever-changing scenery from dramatic headlands and steep mountain slopes to the rolling pasturelands between small villages.
 
Hiking: The island is laced with walking trails, some half-day and full-day treks, as well as very short jaunts that are simply an excuse to leave your car. Get some exercise by spiraling down to a secluded, sandy beach or following a circular path along the coast and then double back. Hiking maps are available at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada. You'll want to rent a car to facilitate independent exploration.
 
Tea Plantations: Two tea plantations are located near Ribeira Grande on the north coast, and not surprisingly, they may be the only ones in all of "Europe." Gorreana's European Tea Factory & Museum offers tea-tastings and tours of the estate and gardens daily (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The Porto Formoso Tea Factory also offers tours and tastings; it focuses on the history of tea production in the Azores.

Shore Excursions
Best for Scenic Sightseeing: The 3.5-hour "Fire Lake and Ribera Grande" tour passes along the scenic coastline, then climbs to the rim of Lago do Fogo (Fire Lake) with views from Miradouro da Serra da Barrosa down onto the lake and nature reserve. Low clouds at this altitude may obscure the scenery. Stop at Ribera Grande, the principal town on Sao Miguel's north coast that's named after the river that flows through the center. Free time is available to walk through the town park and along narrow lanes, and visit the church and theater. A stop is usually made at a pineapple-growing hot house.
 
Best for Alternative Scenic Sightseeing: On a 3.5-hour "Sete Cidades Crater Lake" tour, you'll drive along winding inland and coastal roads through a couple of attractive villages to Sete Cidades. This small town is located next to a lake in the center of a crater with a three-mile diameter. Then you'll climb by bus to the Santiago Land and Vista do Rei viewpoints, which overlook the adjacent Lagoa Azul (blue) and Lagoa Verde (green), mists and clouds permitting. If the view is obscured, the guide may choose to substitute the Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens just outside Ponta Delgada instead.
 
Best for Viewing Marine Life: The 3.5-hour "Whale and Dolphin Cruise" tour begins with an onshore introduction to the sea creatures living in the waters off the Azores. Then you'll board a boat in Ponta Delgada to search for sperm, humpback, blue, sei, bottlenose and minke whales, and several species of dolphin.
 
Dining Out
Ponta Delgada offers a mouth-watering selection of Portuguese, Mediterranean, International and Continental cuisine, and is renowned for octopus simmered in local wine, torresmos, linguíça sausage, fish stews, limpets with rice, fresh pineapple, seafood, sushi, shellfish, goose barnacles, and liqueurs made from passion fruit and pineapple. Popular local restaurants include the Mercado do Peixe -- Descend a half level downstairs to this fish restaurant where the catch of the day is laid out on ice before you. You choose your rockfish, sea bream or tuna and have it grilled or served as a fish kabab. Shellfish mixed with rice, served in a pot, is another good selection. (Avenida do Infante Dom Henique, 15.),
 
O Corsico Restaurante: At this upscale eatery, located in the bustling center of Ponta Delgada, the specialties are grilled mussels, grilled swordfish, arroz de marisco (seafood rice usually with mussels, clams and shrimp) and octopus salad. A lunchtime menu offers a set three-course meal. (Rua Manuel de Ponte, 28.) , Rotas da Ilha Verde, Boca de Cena, Colegio 27 Restaurant & Jazz Club, Reserva Bar, Casa dos Pregos, Tasca, Delicias do Mar, Asociacion Agricola de Santana, Ristorante Mimo.IT, Osaka, Cem Espinhas, Colmeia, Gato Mia and Rapa o Tacho, O Marineiro, Talisman, Gato Mia City Centre, S. Pedro, Casa Marisca, the San Miguel Park Hotel, Marina Atlantico Hotel, and Royal Garden Hotel.
 
Fresh seafood of all kinds, from the common cod and tuna to the more exotic shark and octopus, is available in the local cafes and restaurants at reasonable prices. Pastries are another specialty sold in small cafes and as desserts with meals. There are several restaurant choices just outside the cruise terminal and many more along the Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique and the parallel streets inland from the seafront. Restaurants generally serve lunch until 2:30 or 3 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.
 
Postelaria com Fabrico Proprio: Located on a back street three blocks inland and parallel to the seafront boulevard, this small restaurant serves a mostly local clientele. Food is ordered at the counter, with the specialties of the day on display. Try the fish soup, cod casserole with eggs and potatoes, and home-baked pastries. (Rua Merchado dos Santos, 75.)
 
Shopping
The use of local materials and old patterns characterises the handicrafts of São Miguel. Ceramics, scrimshaw, wicker products, lace and embroidered goods, liqueurs, and flags make popular souvenirs. Shopping opportunities include the Solmar Shopping Centre, Ponta Delgada Centre, Casa Regional Ilha Verde for island handicrafts and Antigolandia for antiques. Most shops close between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The local currency is the Euro.



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