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Monday, January 15, 2018

Ponta Delgada | What to See and Do

The archipelago of the Azores located in the Atlantic Ocean is a group of 9 islands with São Miguel being the largest island. Ponta Delgada is the capital and also the location of the main airport (João Paulo II Airport). During our visit to the Azores, we picked Ribeira Grande as our base rather than Ponta Delgada but we did come back to the capital for a day trip. We drove down to Ponta Delgada, parked the car in one of the underground parking places near the seafront and then explored the town on foot. The main attractions in the capital are in close proximity to each other, so the best way to experience the city is on foot. You can opt for bus tours or horse-drawn carriages if walking is not your thing.

Portas da Cidade in Ponta Delgasa, The Azores



Thursday, January 04, 2018

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

With hundreds of different species and cultivars of varieties of plants, the 200-year old Terra Nostra Botanical Garden is an ecological wonderland. We had heard about the very popular thermal pools at Terra Nostra and hence had planned a visit to the gardens. While the thermal pools were relaxing and wonderful, we were bowled over by the gardens. The gardens which are spread over 31 acres features a serpentine canal, a number of grottoes, walkways lined with beautiful trees and numerous parterres of ornamental flowers.

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores



 
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