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Ponta Delgada

Explore the Azores' capital and find Gothic churches, narrow winding streets, and charming buildings.

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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.

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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 2,068 reviews

Great guide,the best ever.Louie was good fun from start to finish and full of interesting and factual stories about anything and everything.Always watching out for our safety first and we never felt rushed.The scenery was superb and great way to connect with nature with the trash smells and amazingly green mountains.This tour is a must for anyone wanting a fun adventure.The restaurant they chose for the inclusive lunch was fantastic with great fresh tasty food with wine and more.Thanks again.Memorable

Whale trip was great, very knowledgeable, we saw lots of dolphins and a whale! Can get a bit choppy, bring your sea legs. The tour with Hugo was A++, absolutely perfect. Very knowledgeable of the island, perfect English spoken, lunch was amazing. Couldn't recommend this trip any more, just perfect.

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

João was amazing! I was really curious about the history of the island and spots we’ve visited and I didn’t get disappointed, absolutely stunning! Beautiful sights, lovely legends and so many things to try which I’ll remember forever. I’m in love with this green island!

A wonderful half day canyoning with some great jumps in a beautiful setting. The guides were a lot of fun and created a good atmosphere