Rua Hintze Ribeiro, 61-77, Ponta Delgada, 9500-049, Portugal
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The prison in Ponta Delgada.
therms at furnas valley
piña colada and orange juice
D & D Cruise
What do you suggest for such a short time in port. We prefer not to book through the ship. Five hours Ponta Delgada Celebrity Cruise Solstice
Lisbon 6 hrs Cadiz 7 hrs Malaga 10 hrs
Re: D & D Cruise
Ponta Delgada - Walk downtown, stroll around and if you want to see a vulcanic landscape negociate with a taxi to take you to and from Lagoa das Furnas, walk around Terra Nostra Park and the lagoon itself.
Lisboa - Take tram 15 to Terreiro do Paço and do one of the Hop-on hop-off tours.
Travel Tips for Ponta Delgada
Campo de São Francisco
In front of Igreja de São José you'll find the busy Campo de São Francisco, also known as the Praça 5 de Outubro. The old large tree that dominates the square is a metrosídero, a first tree of its kind on the island, which was gifted to the city by Australia in 1870. In the summer it blooms with beautiful bright red pompom flowers. On the north side is the Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança. An evocative Monumento ao Emigrante by Alvaro Raposo Franga, dedicated to the countless islanders who emigrated to the New World, adorns the south side of the square.
This square is a popular meeting place for the locals throughout the summer months, with often concerts and performances taking place. It is also used for many festive activities on the occasion of the important Festa de Santo Cristo dos Milagres (fifth Sunday after Easter), when booths, walk up bars and food vendors fill the square.
Mercado da Graça (Farmer's Market)
It is also fun to walk among the stalls offering fresh veggies, fruit, fish, cheese and flowers. Farmers from all over the region bring their produce on Mercado da Graça (Farmer's Market) for sale. Their veggies and fruits are freshly picked and for sale at great prices. This is certainly the best place to get locally grown pineapples which are sweet and juicy. There is a greet shop selling cheese from different islands (I especially liked the cheese from São Jorge) and flower vendors, and you can find some locally made handicrafts. In the early morning hours there is also the day's fresh catch of fish available in the fish market on the back.
The ambience on the market is friendly and you realize that they have all known each other for a long time. Though the market is open daily, the most active time is Saturday when the place is busy with farmers and locals and you get a real feel for local life at that time. It is a nice place to visit even if you don't intend to buy anything - but you most probably will :)
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