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
When we go in our regular west tour, we don't see Lagoa do Fogo becausw was biiig fooog...This company lead us 2 days later when weather be nice with our guide Fernando..Fernando,all the best...Thank you Dragan and Zeljko
The guide was really nice, kind with good command of English who does his best to accommodate your comfort and joy. The corners that he took us were magnificent. This was one the journey that i will be remembered in my whole life.
Josep was fantastic! He is a trained and certified guide who knows and clearly explains the history, culture, flora and fauna and geology of the Azores. His pathfinder was very adequate for the 5 person private group. It was comfortable and very capable of going on the secondary mountain roads. This probably the best value tour in the Azores for those who are looking for adventure and scenic beauty in a half-day trip.
Our Tour Guide was very very nice to us. He was very patient with others on the tour who was very needy. We learned so much from him about Sao Miguel. Would like to come back in Sring ir Summer when all flowers are blooming.
Fernando was the perfect guide, sharing with us a lot of information about the island. The tour has so many spots to see and for a full day on your own it’s unlikely you will have time to get everywhere.