Ponta Delgada
About

The remote Azores archipelago is a place of beautiful mountainous islands with serene natural treasures and offers virtually everything for the adventurous, from surfing to diving, from horseback riding to paragliding. As opposed to the Canaries with their unbeatable weather and beaches, the Azores offer a greener scenery, steeper mountains, milder all-season subtropical climate and a less tourist-tailored feel.

Ponta Delgada, the regional capital located on the island of Sao Miguel, is a beautiful city with plenty to keep you busy and excited. There’s some amazing architecture to explore while ambling at will – intriguing squares laid out with in black and white tiles, cobblestone streets, lovely churches and historical buildings with characteristically white facades and dark volcanic stone trim. Stop for a bite or drink at some of the many cafes, bars, and restaurants scattered throughout the city; the local cuisine is simply great - be sure to try some of the amazing local produce, including pineapples, creamy cheeses, wine and tea. If you are partial to seafood, you will be delighted to find broad offers at moderate prices. On the festive side, Ponta Delgada has a surprisingly vibrant nightlife scene with bars and venues for all tastes and parties rocking well into the morning.

The city is also a base for setting off to explore the small villages, pristine natural beauty and many volcanic wonders around Sao Miguel. Climb the crater rims for stunning landscape views, hike the numerous trails, peek into stunning caverns, or just lay your eyes on the breathtaking open horizons of the mighty ocean.

Facts
  • The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, located about 1,360 km west of the mainland
  • All Azorean islands have volcanic origins
  • Measured from the bottom of the ocean to top, the Azores are some of the tallest mountains on the planet
  • Originally uninhabited, the Azores began getting overpopulated already in the 17th century
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Eat

Cozido

A must-try dish of the Azores - a rich meat and vegetable stew prepared by burying and cooking it in the hot volcanic soil for several hours.

Malasadas

Supposedly having originated on Såo Miguel island, these dough balls, deep fried and rolled in granulated sugar, make for a lovely snack.
Drink

Chá verde

Try this locally grown green tea. The special thing about it is: the leaves are dehydrated in the salty sea air, that gives them a unique, earthy aroma.

Mulher do Capote

This sweet and smooth Azorean liqueur is made from fresh pineapples or passion fruit and is commonly consumed as a digestif.
See

City Gates

The iconic landmark of Ponta Delgada, dating to 1783. Originally part of a defensive wall, the gates still proudly stand in the city.

Cha Gorreana

Take a trip back in time and visit Europe’s only tea plantation. Founded in 1883, it is still producing tea today.
Perfect for
Architecture
Bar Tours
Bicycling
Boat Rides
Boat Trips
Church Landmarks
Delicasies
Diving
Dolphin Watching
Driving
Fishing
Hiking
Horse Riding
Mountains
Mountan Biking
Nightlife
Orientation
Park Walks
Photography
Quad Biking
Sailing
Sightseeing
Snorkeling
SPA
Sunset Watching
Surfing
Swimming
Tapas
Walks
Windsurfing
Places

Caldeira das Sete Cidades

Simply a must-see when in Sao Miguel. The gigantic ancient volcano crater with the glistening twin lakes of Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul (namely, the green and blue lake) is a unique natural formation that will enchant you with absolutely phenomenal views, unspoiled nature and its sheer immense scale. The forested cliffs embrace a green and blue lake next to one another. According to an Azorean legend, the lakes formed from the tears of a princess and a shepherd in forbidden love. It’s best to visit on a clear day in order to appreciate the beauty in full, but if you happen to visit when it’s cloudy or foggy, go ahead and explore some of the great hiking trails around the rim and to the lakes and be rewarded with equally beautiful scenery along the way.

Furnas

The parish of Furnas is a volcanic adventure land with a lovely village of the same name. The area is strikingly picturesque and colorful with subtropical greens, many of which give you an unique insight into European forests before the Ice Age, since the Azores never had it due to their mild climate. Spend some time strolling around the village or go on a hike and be ready to gasp in awe of the local nature. However, Furnas is most popular for it’s natural thermal springs and fumaroles steaming all over the area. Here you’ll have plenty of chances to dip into thermal baths, the beautiful Poca Da Dona Beija being highly popular for this. Then there’s the various places of interest, including the fascinating Lagoa das Furnas lake, the Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas area, where you can have a close-up peek at volcanic activity that literally boils the earth, or the tastefully created Terra Nostra Gardens with some amazing flora.

Whale Watching in the Azores

Besides volcanic beauty, the Azores are known as a superb whale watching destination. The waters around islands are rich with fish and krill, thus making attractive feeding grounds for these magnificent mammals. Over 20 different types of species have been observed near the Azores, including humpback whales, sperm whales, dolphins, sea turtles and more. Many tour operators set out from Ponta Delgada marina with a tour usually spanning 3 hours, and while you can go whale watching year-round, the best time is summer.
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