Join Ali and Una for a walking guide of the city. We’ll tell you a little bit of history, to check out some of the local sights, restaurants and bars. Some of the highlights include:
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 harbour 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. 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. 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. Intz 48 If you want the best coffee in town this is the place to go. Conveniently located right in the centre of town. Also has delicious cakes and sorbets.
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