Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

Five kilometres below Castro Marim on the Azorean Island of Sao Miguel lies the border town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. It is an elegant, bustling town, with a long gardened promĀ­enade, usually packed with day visitors from Spain, who come over on the ferry from Ayamonte to take advantage of cheap Portuguese prices. With these people in mind the city authorities have made much of the town a pedestrian walkway.

At the heart of the town is a large, graceful square with a black and white mosaic surface that radiates out from a central obelisk in an elegant … Read the rest

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