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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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Planning Your Ponta Delgada 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

Unforgettable experience to see our precious ocean wildlife.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our guide was proficient in many languages. Genuine care of animal welfare and amazing conservation practise. Inspiring to be as green and eco as possible. Up to date blog. Slow organisation of cancelled times and rebooked tickets by email which made make alternative plans for our day difficult. Be prepared that they cannot control the weather and this is in your best interest for your safety however disappointed you are.

Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip from Ponta Delgada Reviewed by Anonymous, 28/08/2019

Fantastic way to see the Sete Cidades Crater Lakes!

We had a great time with Jose on this drive along the rim of the crater. He stopped wherever and whenever we wanted, as long as it was safe to do so. We had 6 in the vehicle, which was a little tight, but we didn't mind since we all took turns moving from seat to seat after stops. That way we all had a chance to ride shotgun, and no one was stuck in the very back the whole time.

Sete Cidades Safari 4WD Tour Reviewed by Carol, 11/05/2019

Wonderful night in a stunning,romantic setting.

Fantastic knowledgeable guide,who put everyone at ease and made the group feel welcomed. Arrived at the setting at dusk, after an authentic traditional cooked meal, to twinkling lights , beautiful lush greenery and inviting steamy pools. Lovely romantic evening with time to unwind. Absolutely loved it and would say do not miss this experience.

The most amazing introduction to the Azores

I saw how highly this tour was rated and understood right away. It felt like Bruno invited me as family to know about his island and culture. He has a wealth of knowledge and history and was extremely professional and an amazing guide. I recommend this tour to everyone coming to the Azores.

Furnas Hot Springs Night Tour with Dinner Reviewed by Anonymous, 15/08/2019

Excellent....we thoroughly enjoyed this tour!!

Our tour with Samuel was quite lovely. He was very knowledgeable with regards to showing us around the island, from some very beautiful view points to where the first airport used to be. Samuel was very accommodating, very engaging and this tour was everything we were looking for.

Full Day Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Tour Reviewed by kimberley, 11/06/2019