Ponta Delgada
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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

If you don't normally care for tours, this is the tour for you!

This was, for me, the perfect tour and Hugo the best guide ever. We got an in-depth perspective of this side of the island, complete with a bit of geological history and stories about the Azores and its people and history from this native Azorean who cares deeply about his home and its environment. The locations we visited were breathtaking and the food cooked in the Furnas volcanic steam was among the best I had while in the Azores. Most importantly, Pure Azores always keeps the groups small, which gives the group some flexibity. If you dislike huge bus tours that just give you enough time to run out and snap a selfie, this one's for you! I will certainly do more tours with Pure Azores the next time I visit and I will recommend it to my family and friends.

São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Roberta, 04/29/2019

A great day out exploring and learning about the Azores

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.

São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Helen, 04/15/2019

Good quick view of Westside of Sao Miguel

The guide is local, so we had a great introduction of history, way of life there in Sao Miguel. Overall good experience, and especially lunch is A LOT and local as well, though crowded. It seemed every tour would stop by there to offer lunch. Not so punctual, they picked me after 30 min later. Also, we missed the main part that our group would like to go, and we didn't go back there after lunch due to weather conditions. Was a pity. Scenery was stunning overall, we stopped by many places, a good quick view of Sao Miguel west part!

São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/01/2019

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.

The Azores: Sete Cidades Crater Lakes 4WD Safari Reviewed by Carol, 05/11/2019

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.