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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.

Frequently asked questions about Ponta Delgada

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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 2,153 reviews

I loved meeting the other people on the tour with us, we had a very fun group and our guide made sure we were all having a great time! Bruno was very accommodating and knowledgeable, he provided some interesting facts about the area and its traditions. My only complaint is that the experience ended a bit late so it was a little difficult to focus on what Bruno was explaining about Furnas after the baths and at midnight! But overall a great experience, I would highly recommend it.

We had the most amazing experience visiting Sete Cidades despite the rainy weather! Our guide did an extraordinary job adapting to the difficult weather conditions and gave us a complete tour of the island in addition to Sete Cidades, stopping at many view points along the way. He was extremely knowledgeable and had an answer to all of our questions! Thank you so much for a great afternoon!

It was an amazing hike and tour of Lagoa del Fogo!! Marica was wonderful ! Super easy going and cheerful. She took us up to the lake where we had the sandwiches they prepared for us and even a gluten-free option for my daughter. The hike is 3 hours going up and 1 hour going down. You need hiking shoes. Intermediary level. Great experience !!

We can definitely recommend this canyoning experience. Our guides were the best guides you can imagine. They're experienced and make sure you have a great time. The canyoning itself was also very nice with jumps, slides and two rappels. If you want to go canyoning in Sao Miguel, this is the place to be!

Incredibly good! We saw dolphins and two different species of whale.