Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Top Things to Do in Ponta Delgada

Things to Do in Ponta Delgada

Top Attractions in Ponta Delgada

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  • PeterLjubljana
    Ljubljana, Slovenia96 contributions
    What a good place to enjoy in the sea while the hot springs in the water mix with sea. Not to mention a joy when waves causes that swimmers sychronical move here and there.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • amy
    Fairfield, CT356 contributions
    We walked around this place. It’s very cute and Europe feel with narrowed allay ways, paved pathways (typical of Portuguese), white washed wall, etc. much bigger than Terceira, but smaller than Madeira. We enjoyed our few hours of stop over there
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • Jon
    11 contributions
    Small, simple, good. The route is without a guide. There are QR-codes on the route to scan for information. There is also a place to drink and/or eat something.

    It's not extraordinary. They're just a few small neat glasshouses. Not a lifechanging experience, just fine.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, CO552 contributions
    With the longer and more involved tours not running when we went, the only option is the short 30 minute tour to go down into the main areas of the caves. It's very simple and short. You cant go into either of the two portions of the cave more than about 100 or so meters. You get a little info about how the caves are formed. Ultimately it's not overly involved but at such a cheap price and a short amount of time, it's worth a stop to see. If you've not been in caves/lava tubes before then it is something new.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • amy
    Fairfield, CT356 contributions
    Fabulous little church. Gold plated chapel with holy cross. Small place but it’s nice we were able to see it. Not far from the main square. Some say this square is nicer but I think the one in municipality is nicer
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia22 386 contributions
    We must pay tribute to the Portuguese -they sincerely love San Sebastian. The image of the head of the Praetorian guard of the Emperor Diocletian excited most artists who wrote on biblical themes from Botticelli and Titian to Salvador Dali. There are at least four churches dedicated to him even in the Azores, Pico,Terceira,and San Miguel as many as two. Maybe the people of Ponta Delgada chose a Roman General as the patron Saint of the city for his steadfastness. After all, he survived according to legend, even when shot with arrows. The Church itself was built between 1531 and 1547 in honor of the end of the plague. As often happens, it is a mix of styles-Gothic, Baroque and Portuguese manuelino. The reason for the mixture of styles is in permanent reconstructions, for example, the clock was installed at the end of the XIX century.
    Written 22 December 2020
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  • kolleyflower
    Wallingford, UK138 contributions
    I love a botanical garden! And this was great. A little confused to begin with as there was a small entry fee (€4 each) which is fine, but not clear as you drove in, or where to pay. So we parked and walked back down to the kiosk where the attendant had only a little English. But it was fine, and we got a map.

    Some beautiful trees and mostly labelled. But some paths a little slippery.

    Was good and worth the small fee but could be elevated to even better with some more information on the trees and the buildings and space. Probably on there for less than an hour, as raining a bit. In summer I’m sure you could make a longer visit.
    Written 24 November 2021
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  • GyFlo
    233 contributions
    We arrived there around 11.00am as we were curious about the local market. It is a nice farmer market. Many fresh food and vegetables they offer. It was a nice 30min walk to see all the market counters.
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • MarkMcCauley
    Stratford, Canada594 contributions
    Who knew the pineapple had such a story?

    The tour is very brief, but entirely worth it. When I arrived, a tour was in progress, so I poked around the reception area. The host returned only a few minutes later, by which time I had read through the placards.

    Along with a small family, we viewed three green houses that featured the fruit in different phases of maturity. I was surprised to learn that a Azorean pineapple takes more than two years to fully mature.

    The tour is free and there are some great gifts to take home. I grabbed pineapple jam and a Pineapple Kima Soda. The plantation is minutes from Ponta Delgada hotels. I found it quite easily with my mobile phone satnav.

    My questions I forgot to ask;
    - Does the fruit grow faster or slower in other regions Brazil, Hawaii?
    - Are the SA pineapple sought after and do they fetch a premium?
    - Who are your main importers, branded companies and or by country?

    And lastly, I would like to have sampled the fruit at the plantation, but it was not on offer. Fortunately it was featured on this evenings menu at Tasquinha Vieira.
    Written 14 February 2020
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  • MofromMass
    Plymouth, MA1 413 contributions
    Like many others, we went to the mall because it was raining. There's a free underground parking garage or you can walk from the city center.

    There were several stores here that we don't have near us (Kiko Milan is one of my favorites). There's also a huge supermarket that's more like a Super Walmart.

    Plenty of food choices in the food court, beyond just fast food.

    If you have time, visit the Antonio Borges botanical garden across the street. It's great!
    Written 28 October 2019
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  • Reistas
    Grunstadt, Germany2 contributions
    Surprisingly nice and compleet survey of Amazore military history. Vehicles, weapons, tools, dentist-, radio-, cook equipment? It’s all their in an ald fort. Building is still partly in use.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • John B
    Haslemere, UK131 contributions
    This is in a rather damp and decaying old fort near the town centre. It has a lot of really interesting exhibits laid out in a rather haphazard style it seemed to me. I learnt a lot here particularly at the section dedicated to Portugals military campaigns in Africa which was well laid out and very clear. If you come to Ponta Delagado dont miss it.
    Written 22 November 2019
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  • Alfredo R
    Olhao, Portugal78 contributions
    Great spot. The access is not very straightforward but a GPS or a guide will take you there fast. Worth to go up for the stunning view
    Written 13 February 2022
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  • Candonjan
    St. Catharines, Canada349 contributions
    Although the Museu itself is housed in the ancient convent of Santo Andre, for just a bit more you get access to three separate museums located near each other in one of oldest parts of the city, an outstanding bargain. For some reason these magnificent museums are largely missing from guidebooks and tourist recommendations. Our first stop was the convent (where we purchased admission to all three sites), which provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of cloistered nuns on this already remote island. The convent itself has been beautifully restored and dates back to the 16th c. (It also houses a rather odd – and old -- collection of stuffed animals and dried insects.) Second stop was the museum housing the work of Sao Miguel's greatest contemporary artist, Ernesto Canto da Maya. While you might find the display itself a bit underwhelming, if you’re lucky you’ll meet gallery docent Daniel Fernandez, who took the time to give us insight into the life and work of this sculptor and the intellectual and cultural community he helped found in mid-20th c Porta Delgada. He also insisted we not miss the Museum of Sacred Art nearby, which, given the rather dry title, we might have otherwise overlooked. But because of Daniel's enthusiasm, we made a point of visiting the next day, and that was one of the high points of our entire stay. While there is indeed a small display of sacred art, we were totally unprepared for the spectacular Igreja do Colegio where the collection is housed and its magnificent carved altar, truly one of the most awe-inspiring works of art I've ever seen. Here museum director Pedro generously explained the church and its Jesuit origins as well as help us put this masterpiece into its historical and cultural context. The name of Grinling Gibbons, the great carver that oversaw the friezes in St Paul's, is world famous, but you will leave marveling at the work of the nameless Azorean master carvers who completed this astonishing piece of work on a small island in the middle of the Atlantic at about the same time Gibbons was working in London. Don't miss it.
    Written 2 March 2020
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  • supergirlieque
    Providence, RI69 contributions
    The best way I can describe this park is that it's like a campground without the camping. It's a huge forest area with lots of trails and cleared out areas with tables and grill pits. Come early to claim an area for your family and spend the day. You take turns using the grills with the other park visitors. There are bathrooms, but bring your own toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. Relatively hilly terrain, but it's well-trodden. We had a toddler in a stroller and it was pretty easy to wheel him in and out, but it looked like there were area we didn't go that were more difficult. Overall a great way to spend a day!
    Written 18 July 2021
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