municipality and city in Azores, Portugal
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Ponta Delgada is the largest city in the Azores archipelago. It is on the island of São Miguel, and was home to 69,000 people in 2011. It is an important administrative, industrial and agricultural centre, and the home of the University of the Azores.

UnderstandEdit

 
Largo 2 de Março

Ponta Delgada (POHN-tuh dehl-GAH-duh, /ˈpõ.tɐ dɛɫ.ˈga.dɐ/), the city on São Miguel island, is not to be confused with Ponta Delgada, the rural civil parish on the north coast of Flores island.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL IATA, João Paulo II Airport). The main entry point to the Azores. There is unlimited free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal areas.    

Major carriers serving Ponta Delgada Airport include:

By boatEdit

 
Sao Pedro marina

Several cruise lines make Ponta Delgada a waypoint when journeying across the Atlantic. Some cruise ships spend a day at the port, often as they reposition themselves between cruising Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

  • The 2 marina has a cruise ships’ quay, a pavilion, and a hallway of shops. The marina also has pools, including a big natural pool.

Get aroundEdit

 
Map of Ponta Delgada

By taxiEdit

There are taxi services at the airport.

By busEdit

There is an airport bus that sells only roundtrip tickets (€5).

Buses run the main avenue and are conveniently accessible from major sites in Ponta Delgada. In-town bus services are handled by smaller mini-buses with the larger touring buses handling community-to-community travel on the island. Both services are accessible along Avenida D. Infante Henriques and can confuse the unfamiliar traveler. Schedules are available at bus stops and the tourist office.

On footEdit

It's possible to walk into town from the airport but it's not fun if you have much luggage.

Visitors can best experience the city on foot, as travel distances are relatively short. For day trips to other parts of the island, consider buses, taxis, or a rental car.

SeeEdit

 
Câmara Municipal (town hall)
  • City tours are based along the Avenida where visitors can find several services to sightsee, including horse-drawn carriage, panoramic bus tours and the Lagarta Tourist Train that travels along the streets.
  • 1 Carlos Machado Museum, Rua do Dr.Guilherme Poças 65 (in the Convento de Santo Andre), +351 296 20 29 30, . It portrays the scientific mentality of the 19th century. Most of the information is by naturalists of the second half of the 19th century after the publication of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and the Oceanographic expeditions.
  • 2 Town Hall.
  • 3 Fort São Bras.
  • 4 Parish Church of São Sebastiao.
  • 5 Church of São Jose.

DoEdit

  • 1 Ponte Delgada Marina. Visitors can go speedboat racing and big game fishing here.
  • Organised whale- and dolphin-watching from small boats operating out of Ponta Delgada is increasingly popular. Also whale watching at Blue Talassa.
  • 2 CD Santa Clara. Watch football, i.e. soccer, at CD Santa Clara, who play in Primeira Liga, the top tier of Portuguese football. Their home ground is Estádio de São Miguel (capacity 13,000), 3 km east of town.    

EventsEdit

 
The flower carpet that covers some streets in Ponta Delgada during the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
  • Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres. yearly on the fifth Sunday after Easter. One of the many religious festivities held in the Azores. The town of Ponta Delgada is transformed into a town of color and lively celebration, decorated with colourful flowers and decorative bedspreads hung from balconies. The celebration starts with the blessing of the bread and meat, and the distribution of food among the needy. The festival then continues with a procession, music and fireworks.

BuyEdit

The islands produce surprisingly good wines and cheese.

Ponta Delgada's locals produce handmade crafts that are sold on the street and in small markets and boutiques along the main avenue. Visitors will find small ceramic bowls or plates, woven jewellery, and other one-of-a-kind items. The most common souvenirs are scrimshaw, wicker products, lace, embroderies, liqueurs, and flags.

EatEdit

Ponta Delgada is known for its pineapple harvest, so trying fresh pineapples from a local market is a must.

DrinkEdit

  • Ponta Delgada is known for its different types of liqueurs and alcohols, particularly Passion Fruit Liqueur.
  • For unusual drinks, visit Baia dos Anjos, one of the more interesting bars that serves theme-based drinks and food based on local festivals and cultural events.
  • Portas do Maris Marina by the port has a number of bars with live bands almost every night.
  • Another good place for mixed drinks and local wines is San Miguel Park Hotel.

NightlifeEdit

  • 1 Bombom Bihlares. This nightclub is a great place to hang out, especially on rainy days.

SleepEdit

  • 1 Azores Dream Hostel, Rua Dr. Gil Mont'Alverne Sequeira 9, +351 934 317 197, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. A more budget-friendly option and LGBTQ friendly. You can share a kitchen and maybe some breakfast. €26-54.
  • 2 Azoris Royal Garden - Leisure & Conference Hotel, Rua de Lisboa, +351 296 307 300, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star, 193-room hotel with Turkish bath, outdoor pool, tennis court, fitness center. €62-134.
  • 3 Casa Vitoriana, Rua Dr. João Francisco de Sousa 34/38, +351 296 285 081, . Furnished in original Victorian style but is fully modernised to create a cozy and clean feel.
  • 4 Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 113, +351 296 302 200, . Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 06:00. Five-star, 140-room hotel facing the marina. There's a heated indoor pool and conference rooms. €89-178.
  • 5 The Lince Azores, Avenida Dom João 29, +351 296 630 000. Holidays, honeymoon, or business meetings in Azores. Outdoor swimming pool, garden, 24-hr front desk, luggage service, concierge service (newspapers, tours, rental), lobby, gift shop, free parking.
  • 6 Hotel Marina Atlântico, Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral 1, +351 296 307 900, . Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 07:00–12:00. Four-star, 184-room hotel in the centre of Ponta Delgada overlooking the harbor and marina. Sauna, indoor pool, steam bath, and spa. €73-157.
  • 7 Neat Hotel Avenida, Rua Dr. José Bruno Tavares Carreiro, +351 296 209 660, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 120-room hotel right by the beaches, the main avenue, and shopping areas. Fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, and spa. €48-92.
  • 8 Hotel Ponta Delgada, Rua João Francisco Cabral 49, +351 296 209 480, . Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 05:00–11:00. Three-star, 98-room hotel in the heart of the city. Indoor pool set on an elevated terrace overlooking the town with a great view of Ponta Delgada. €50-159.
  • 9 Quinta das Acácias, Rua Lapinha 74, Livramento (on the West Coast of the island), +351 966 406 127, . It is right near the ocean and Populo beach. Quinta das Acacias offers cottage style living accommodations in the midst of a well-kept flourishing green garden. Each cottage averages an area of 50 m². There are 1- or 2-bedroom units available.
  • 10 Hotel Talisman, Rua Marquês da Praia e Monforte 40, +351 296 308 500, . In the middle of Ponta Delgata near all tourists attractions and nightlife. This hotel has 53 rooms, 5 suites and includes a restaurant, bar, and esplanade.
  • 11 Vila Nova Hotel (My Story Hotel Vila Nova), Rua João Francisco Cabral 1, +351 296 301 600. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 102-room centrally located hotel. Indoor pool, air conditioned rooms, fitness centre. Complimentary breakfast every morning. The hotel bar serves exotic cocktails and snacks all day long. €48-117.

Go nextEdit

Visit Terceira island/city of Angra, a World heritage patrimony.

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