Top attractions 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (-01:30)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitThe 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
Hugo was the perfect guide-informative, passionate and aware of all his passengers, even though we were only four. The lunch cooked in one of the fumaroles was excellent with a good mix of meats and vegetables. Wash it dawn with a good drop of Portuguese red wine. ( this was included in the price) Various side stops to buy local sweet bread and other sweet treats added to experiencing the island. The tour had a bit of everything as well as voiding Lake Furnas and several smoking geysers -a tea plantation, an unsuccessful but windy look for whales, a waterfall and water wheels. Great day out at a good price.
My tour guide was Miguel and he was interactive and made sure I was kept involved (as I was a single traveller). The tour was amazing and truly got to experience one of the beautiful azure island and appreciate all the great things it had to offer. Thank you to Miguel and the company :-)
Collected on time very pleasant driver/guide. Knowledgeable and able to give commentary in a easy to understand manner for the 3 hours that we had was able to squeeze in a great deal of this wonderful part of the island excellent value for money and recommended tour and company
Even though I booked this tour very last minute (the night before), communication was flawless, and so was the pick-up and the entire tour. You won't regret if going!
We really enjoyed our trip! The crew of biologists made the trip both fun and informative. During the trip, we were lucky enough to see both dolphins and sperm whales; two pods of dolphins and two pods of sperm whales. This was truly the highlight of our holiday in the Azores