Ponta Delgada Guide

Tourist Office The people here are friendly and love the Azores and helping tourists. If you need a place to start this is as good as any Google Maps

Praça Gonçalo Velho Cabral / Gates to the city The three arches you see in the Praça de Gonçalo Velho are part of the original (1783) gates to the city, which once stood by the old harbor wall. The statue is of the man after whom the square is named – supposedly the discoverer of both São Miguel and Santa Maria. Just opposite is the tourist information office on the main promenade Google Maps

Mercado da Graça (Grace’s market) For a taste of the Azores, head to the Mercado da Graça on Rua do Mercado. This daily farmer’s market (closed on Sundays) offers a variety of traditional and exotic fruits, vegetables, and fish. Next door is the O Rei Dos Queijos, a speciality shop attached to the market that sells cheese, traditional sweet bread, and other products made throughout the Azores islands Google Maps

Avenida do Mar Ponta Delgada has a beautiful harbour, and you can walk along at both street and marina level. You will find restaurants and whale watching shops as well as coffee stalls.

Ta Gente All this walking around the city is thirsty work. Make a stop at this tapas bar. Great cocktails as well as the second-best Gin & Tonic can be found here Google Maps

Intz 48 If you want the best coffee in town this is the place to go. Conveniently located right in the center of town. Also has delicious cakes and sorbets Google Maps

Jardim Antonio Borges The António Borges Garden are pretty gardens with just over 2.5 hectares of outdoor space. Many exotic trees and a lake give the place a quiet and almost undiscovered feel. There is a small cafe at one of the entrances and the gardens are free to walk around Google Maps

Antero de Quental Garden This garden pays homage to Antero de Quental (1841-1892), one of the leading figures in 19th-century Portuguese literature, who was born on the island of São Miguel. It contains a monument alluding to the life and work of this famous poet. The garden is decorated with features that are typical of the “art deco” style, particularly noticeable in the railings and the design of the pathways, which lend a special atmosphere to this leisure area Google Maps