Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Island city of dreams

When it comes to island cities, you can't do much better than Ponta Delgada, the largest metropolis in the Azores. Situated on Portugal's São Miguel, it has plenty for the intrepid traveller to enjoy.

From the bustling marina lined with many restaurants and attractive cafés to the busy shopping scene, you'll want to explore every inch of its vibrant downtown district.

Ponta Delgada is particularly renowned for its surprisingly good selection of wines and cheese, with the most commonly purchased tourist products being scrimshaw, wicker products, lace, embroideries and liqueurs. When it comes to eating and drinking, take a fruit-based approach to life and try something that includes produce from the island's famed pineapple plantations. Break out the piña coladas!

Finally, if you're seeking sightseeing opportunities, the Church of Sao Jose boasts a history that anyone would be fascinated to learn about, while museum lovers will want to pay a visit to the Carlos Machado Museum, which contains a comprehensive education on the past of São Miguel.

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