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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!


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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    UTC (-01:30)
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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

Very interesting and our guide Miguel was excellent

We enjoyed our tour that lasted an entire day. The guide was very informative and the day was relaxing and the pace was great. The guides English was excellent. Our lunch was very good and we felt the trip was well worth the money.
São Miguel West Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/24/2016

Don't leave Sao Miguel without visiting Furnas on this tour!

Our guide Hugo was terrific. So much history and information that you would miss on a larger impersonal tour. Really enjoyed trying the lunch fresh from the "Furnas".
Furnas: Full-day Volcanic Valley & Tea Plantation Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/06/2016

It has been amazing experience of watching sunset, dolphins and whales

I and my husband enjoyed very much our trip on the board of Luis Silvestre catamarans with beautiful name-Miss Poes. The sunset was stunning, absolutely stunning. It was a great experience to admire Azores sunset and so exciting to watch whales and dolphins. We enjoyed everything in this romantical trip including professional, frendly capitan, infinite sky and ocean, relaxing music, famous Azoreal wine and cheeses. It was gorgeous!! We definately will come back to do it again and recommend this wonderful trip to everybody who going to visit Azores..
Azores 3.5-Hour Sunset Sailing Trip Reviewed by Hanna, 06/18/2016

The views were breathtaking - definitely the WOW factor!

Our guide Pedro did an amazing job taking us around. We had a private tour for 4. Because we had a small vehicle he took us places a motor coach cannot go. The views were out of this world and Pedro was very knowledgeable and so friendly. We would definitely recommend this tour

Great Tour, Beautiful Scenery, Dedicated Guide

It was a foggy day, but our guide made sure to find an opening so that we could see the Sete Cidades from up high.
Azores: São Miguel and Sete Cidades Half-Day 4WD Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/11/2016

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