Hi all! After wrestling with our preferred hotels availability, we've finalized our plans for a week long get away to Ponta Delgada early October.
We're staying at the Hotel Marina Atlantico, and the purpose of the trip is sightseeing and R&R.
We will likely book a one day excursion to get an overview of the island with local insight, and we're considering a Whale watch if the chances are good that time of year for sightings (landscape and wildlife photography being a passion). Mostly tho, we want to enjoy our down time, find good local restaurants, (especially seafood as my wife is not a meat eater) and leisurely explore the beauty of this island, and possibly another if time allows for another day trip.
I've heard parking can be difficult and costly at the hotel and wondered if I'd be better served getting transfers from the airport and renting a car after being there a few days? My gut tells me it may be more expensive for a 4 day rental in town vs. a week long rental at the airport? Also, while we're looking forward to exploring the town on foot, we would hate to be restricted to walking distance from the hotel if we had time to explore more with the car.
Any thoughts, tips, advice on this subject, as well as local sights and fare are greatly appreciated!