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I had a full day to explore Ponta Delgada and parts of São Miguel island with a tour guide I found on Viator.  From the airport, there is an airbus shuttle that costs 5 Euros RT (you must arrange the pickup at the time of booking) which drops you off at various points across the city.

I stayed at the Nook Hostel and they were kind enough to allow an early check-in (8 AM!).

First let's start with Ponta Delgada:

The City Arch!

City Hall (you can climb to the top for a view of the city , but only from Monday to Friday)

I had lunch at Taverna Acor located on Rua dos Mercadores #41 just a block or two from the main church. I must say the food was incredible. I was the first one there when it opened at noon, but a few minutes later a large group of German tourists overloaded the place (almost 17-18 tourists with their guide).

Fireman's sausage... the sausage is on fire and you cut off parts of it and eat it with bread...

Chouriço à Bombeiro

Then it was off to explore the island with the help of Prazer D'Aventura a local guide which I hired on Viator.

Lagoa do Fogo

Fog quickly settling in on the lake...

We then stopped at the "Caldeira Velha" natural park where you can take a dip in the thermal waters.

Then it was off to the coast to check out the incredible waves near the town of Ribeira Grande.

Back in town I found some interesting graffiti near my hostel.

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