Ponta Delgada is the sea capital of the largest and most populous island of the Azores. The city is like a garden, surrounded by ancient churches, monasteries, noble basalt mansions and excellent museums.
General information about Ponta Delgada
The Azores is an archipelago of 9 Islands in the Atlantic, located between Europe and North America. Islands of volcanic origin are recognized as the greenest places in the world. The Eastern group consists of San Miguel and Santa Maria, the Central group consists of the Islands of Faial, Pico, San Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa, and the Western group includes Flores and Corvo.
Due to its specific location, the Azores Islands have become an important destination for cruises between the Caribbean Sea and Europe. San Miguel Portugal is the largest and most popular island in the archipelago. It has a mountainous landscape and is famous for its citrus plantations and pineapple fields. Laurel forests grow all over the island. Ponta Delgada is home to the famous Caldeira Vella natural Park and the twin lakes of the Cidades Network.
Ponta Delgada is a small town on the Western side of the island, the capital of the Autonomous community of the Azores. The Marina of the port can accommodate 640 yachts. It guarantees its customers access to all standard amenities: electricity and drinking water, showers, toilets, gas stations, shops, and free Wi-Fi. It is recommended to book a yacht several months before the expected date of the trip.
Airport Ponta Delgada (John Paul II) is 4 km from the port. This is the main airport that connects the archipelago with the outside world. The port of Ponta Delgada Portugal can be reached by taxi or on foot. There are no regular bus routes in the city.
The history of Azores Ponta Delgada begins in the middle of the XV century, after the discovery of the Azores. The Portugal San Miguel earthquake destroyed part of the archipelago. A little later the dominion of San Miguel Azores had moved to Portugal. During the revolution in 1974, Portugal was defeated and lost its colonies, which took advantage of the Azores. They were granted autonomy, after which the Autonomous region of the Azores was created in 1976 with the administrative center in Ponta Delgada.
How to get to the port of Ponta Delgada
There is no bus station in the city, but there are two bus stops - on the embankment and near the Fort. The island has expressways that originate from the airport and bypass the city on the North side. You can travel independently by car, there are not many Parking places, and almost all Parking on the island is paid. The port has a ferry terminal with regular ferries to Santa Maria and other Islands of the Central group.
The main city of San Miguel Island Portugal is not suitable for those who like a beach holiday. There are almost no equipped places for sunbathing and swimming. 4 kilometers from the port there is a quiet beach of San Roque, surrounded by rocks. Ponta Delgada is popular for Windsurfing, scuba diving and sailing. A modern Golf complex has recently been built on the island. There are excellent roads that are literally created for trips in jeeps with a professional guide.
Shops are open from 9 am to 7 PM, and the lunch break lasts 2 hours. Most retail outlets are closed on weekends. Major shopping centers are open until 10-11 PM, and the schedule is reduced on weekends and holidays. Hypermarkets are open every day.
In the port there are no problems with communication and land transport, in addition to buses. The official currency is the Euro. Portuguese, English and Spanish are spoken here. Restaurant menus are often served in other languages, and some establishments accept dollar cards. Cruise ships from Princess Cruises, Holland America Line Cruises, Silversea Cruises, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises stop at the port. Cruises calling at Ponta Delgada start from Miami, Rome and Copenhagen.
Hotels and restaurants in Ponta Delgada
After a tedious walk around the city, you will be happy to eat and relax in a comfortable hotel. Mediterranean and European cuisine is served in Paladares da quinta, Restaurante Gastronomo, Big-21, Tasquinha Vieira and Casa Do Bife O Galego. You can eat delicious and cheap at:
- Sabores Local Food – European and Portuguese cuisine
- Supléxio is a great pub with delicious wine, burgers and port
- Mane Cigano-Portuguese cuisine
- LAN's Pizzaria, Exotic Food & Vegetariano-Italian cuisine and delicious pizza
- Acores Grill-barbecue, salads and beer
Hotels located near the airport offer excellent accommodation conditions: transfer, Breakfast in the room, discounts for dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The most popular hotels are:
- Hotel Talisman
- Azoris Royal Garden
- VIP Executive Azores Hotel
- Casa Do Mercado
Activities, entertainment and attractions
Ponta Delgada is a city with a rich history, and you should start exploring it with the Church of St. Sebastian in the Manueline style. It is known for its cedar altar. After that, you can walk to the city gate of the XVIII century. It is worth seeing the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Joseph, which was erected in 1709.
Carlos Machado Museum, which is located in the former monastery of St. Andre, offers its guests to get acquainted with the stages of development of fishing on the island. From the city, you can take a short tour to the lakes, thermal springs and the dormant volcano Sete Cidades.
In addition, in Ponta Delgada you can:
- swim with dolphins
- whale watching
- rent a yacht
- spend the whole day in a rented jeep
- explore the water world of the island in a canoe
- master rock climbing on an extinct volcano
- see the most beautiful waterfall in the natural Park
San Miguel plantations are famous for their delicious and aromatic pineapples. If you have enough space in your Luggage, you should take a few fruits with you. As a souvenir of the popular local tea, cherry liqueur, and a traditional port.
Holiday season in Ponta Delgada
As with all the Azores, the climate in Ponta Delgada is mild. In summer, the air temperature rises to +25°C, and in winter-to +14°C. Most of the precipitation falls in autumn and winter. The storm is most likely to occur in winter. The water temperature from May to September is kept at +23°C.
Ponta Delgada does not have a large number of equipped beaches, but there are many national parks and thermal springs. It will appeal to lovers of natural attractions and volcanic landscapes.