Ponta Delgada
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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!


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!


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.

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  • 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

With exception of the Rain it was excellent!

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.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Trip to Furnas with Lunch Reviewed by Michelle, 10/14/2018

Great value for the money, great experience

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.

São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Nicoleta, 09/27/2018

Miguel was a fantastic tour guide, and we saw most of the key sites...

Miguel was our tour guide and was fantastic in all respects! The group was a small one of 8 people. Pick was at our Casa (which we recommend you call them the day before to confirm your location and pick up time), and we were back to our Casa by 6 pm as advertised. We recommend you rent a car for some of your time in Sao Miguel, but as far as value goes, you can't do better than see all these natural wonders, have transportation and lunch included for the price of this tour. A car rental and lunch alone would exceed your cost for one person today!

São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Paul, 08/11/2018

Oustanding experience with outstanding views and ouststanding guides.

This is the tour for the independent traveller who wants to get the most of the Azores. You are travelling in minibus which takes max 8 people. The guides answer any question you have and explain everything about the island in very knowledgeable way. This was São Miguel West and we visited so many spectacular views and had a very good lunch which included both wine and dessert. Highly recommended for anyone!

São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Marie, 08/02/2018

Dream come true enabled by an excellent team

This was an exhilarating experience! Safe for open water swimmers and well looked after by professional marine biologist and skipper. I recommend it to all capable swimmers.

Azores: Swimming with Wild Dolphins Reviewed by Natalie, 06/29/2018