Ponta Delgada Port Guide

The largest city in the Azore Islands in the North Atlantic, is Ponta Delgada Port; also the capital of Sao Miguel since 1522. The islands are the possession of Portugal, some 800 miles away. The city of Ponta Delgada is on the southern side of the island, on a bay. During the 15th and 16th centuries, it was one of the major ports between Europe and North America. The island is a popular tourist destination for those interested in culture and history. Visitors can visit old churches and convents and learn about those who once lived on the island.

Shopping

Although shopping in Ponta Delgada is somewhat limited, there are places on the island to buy gifts, souvenirs, and other items. The Hypermarket with a movie theater, is open daily from 9 am until 11 pm. Centro Comercial Solmar is a mall which has several fast food restaurants, apparel shops, bookstores, and a supermarket. Parque Atlantico is located in the northern section of the city. Several shops, Pizza Hut, and Burger King are in this shopping center.

Things to See

Visitors to Ponta Delgada who are interested in local history and culture, can tour several old churches. The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope was built in the 16th century. The Monastery of Santo Andre was converted into the Carlos Machado Farming and Fishing Museum where visitors can learn about the local industries. The Sao Sabastio Church has exquisite Baroque-style and a beautiful, hand carved, cedar high altar. The church was founded in 1533. Tours of one of the pineapple plantations is an interesting way to learn about how pineapples are grown and cultivated. The oldest city on Sao Miguel is Ribeira Grande, a fascinating place to learn about local history and culture. A lot of geothermal activity is constantly taking place beneath the surface of the islands, and the perfect place to view this activity is the natural mineral springs that sare located at Fumas Spa Resort. Pico de Barrosa Mountain has an excellent view of Fire Lake. The ancient Sete Cidades crater, is 1,900 feet above sea level. The volcano, 8 miles in length, has two lakes. In one, the water is sapphire, and emerald in the second lake.

Restaurants and Bars

For unusual drinks, visit Baia dos Anjos, ine of the more interesting bars that serves theme based drinks and food based on the local festivals and cultural events. The new Portas do Maris Marina has a number of bars that feature live bands. Mercado do Peixe serves excellent local seafood, and is one of the top seafood restaurants on the island. O Corisco is known for sumptuous Continental cuisine. Dom Carlos is another restaurant that serves superb local seafood and shellfish. Osaka is a local sushi bar with a wide variety of dishes and very generous portions. Cabanas Brasserie is owned by Portuguese and English hosts, and serves seafood, and wonderful homemade puddings. The nautical-themed Skippers Tavern is a great place to stop for a delicious sandwich while exploring the island. For a breakfast buffet, visit the San Miguel Park Hotel. The restaurant serves international, regional, and vegetarian dishes, mixed drinks, and local wines.

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