Ponta Delgada

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Top 7 Things To See And Do In Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada is the biggest city in the Azores, Portugal's offshore island cluster right in the middle of the Atlantic. With its vivid nature and colonial architecture, it will give you a unique European and tropical feel.

  • 1. Sete Cidades Massif

    The island of Sao Miguel is covered in craters, some of which have become lakes, including the huge Lagoa do Fogo. Explore this bumpy, beautiful area by 4x4.

  • 2. Whale Watching

    Ponta Delgada's Atlantic location means it's one of the best places on the planet to spot whales, dolphins, and turtles in their natural environment. Boat tours depart regularly!

  • 3. Marina

    Ponta Delgada started out as a humble fishing village, and now its port is home to a regatta, pavilion, and quay. It attracts yachting fanatics and the fashion elite.

  • 4. Convent of Our Lady of Hope

    This facade looks like it could have been embroidered and is just one of the beautiful old buildings on offer. Look out for the Fonte Bela Palace and the Colosseum too!

  • 5. Gorreana

    Proud of its status as the only tea plantation in the EU, Gorreana can be found on the northern coast of Sao Miguel. Check out the area and grab some tea to take home!

  • 6. Carlos Machado Museum

    In 1546, the village where Ponta Delgada now stands was obliterated by an earthquake. Luckily you can still learn some things about the history of Sao Miguel island in this museum.

  • 7. Ferraria Spa

    Soak in a natural thermal pool connected to the ocean, surrounded by volcanic rock. The water temperature reaches 95 degrees, making it the best bath of your life.

Frequently asked questions about Ponta Delgada

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Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    In May, the island of Sao Miguel comes into full bloom. If you absolutely can't miss the whales, then the summer months are the best time to go.

  • How can I get around the city?

    The main form of public transportation is bus. However, these may vary in terms of regularity, so if you can, it's best to rent a car. A taxi from Ponta Delgada airport to the city center should cost around 15.00 EUR.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-01:30)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months, July through September, offer the nicest temperatures, with the least amount of rainfall, and also the benefit of great whale watching!

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,951 reviews

Excellent experience! Very knowledgeable and nice guide. The termal pools are gorgeous in a natural environment. Dinner with the 'cozido' from the 'caldeiras' in Lagoa das Furnas was delicious. A nice guided walk by the termal features on Furnas after dinner with a nice surprise at the end.

We had a excellent guide, Felipe, who showed us amazing spots of the island and gave us very detaied explanations about the fauna, flora and history of the island. It was the best guide we had in our tour through Açores islands.

Ruben was a fantastic tour guide. Note - the air is much cooler on the drive up to Sete Cidades than other parts of the island. A long-sleeve shirt plus a windbreaker is a must!

O tour foi excelente e João, nosso guia, nos levou a vários lugares únicos na ilha de São Miguel, compartilhando seu conhecimento e as belezas do lugar.

Well organized tour and good value for money. Luis was an excellent guide and the lunch buffet included was also very rich and decent.