Azores, Portugal

São Miguel: Ponta Delgada Waterfront

This is a pleasant waterfront run in Ponta Delgada — capital of the Azores and its largest city. It’s one of the few opportunities on São Miguel for a flat run along the water that’s not a trail run. And, it’s a nearly perfect 10k out and back. Great views of the water, ships, the city, and nearby mountains!

Start just west of the city gates at Forte de São Brás, which dates to 1522, and head east toward São Roque. There’s a dedicated waterfront path/wide sidewalk. Run for 1 km and dip down to the Ilhéu de Rosto de Cão scenic spot. At the 3k mark, the head off the main road and continue on Av. do Mar. Continue along, enjoying the nice water views, to the end of the path at Praia de São Roque (beach).

Essentials
  • Up to 5 km (3.1 miles) one-way
  • Flat
  • West end: West of the city gates at Forte de São Brás. Or other point along the way

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Essentials
  • Up to 5 km (3.1 miles) one-way
  • Flat
  • West end: West of the city gates at Forte de São Brás. Or other point along the way