The city is divided by the Rio Anil. South of the Anil, the centro histórico’s street grid rambles up and down over hilly terrain, with its heart in the lower area known as Praia Grande. North of the Anil are modern suburbs, as well as the city’s beaches that stretch along the island’s north coast. The bus station is 8km southeast of the center and the airport 3km further southeast.

Be forewarned: many street names on maps will not match the (rare) street signs – it seems each new mayor likes to rename the streets to their liking.