Panoramic view of Sete Cidades Lagos in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Cruise to Ponta Delgada, Azores

Nicknamed the Green Island, Ponta Delgada is full of lush natural wonders, 16th-century architecture and mini-expeditions. When you arrive at the Azorean capital, situated on the south coast of the island Sao Miguel, wander around the old town to snap photos of monuments that cover postcards, traditional Portuguese churches and old forts. Venture further out of the city to take in the stunning views of Lagoa das Sete Cidades, a pair of lakes nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano. Or embark on an afternoon on the water to catch sight of the whales and dolphins that gather in the sea.
National Language Portuguese
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Ponta Delgada

View of the Seven Cities lake in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Seven Cities lake

Erupting With Beauty

Erupting With Beauty

The Azores is home to many natural wonders like Lagoa das Sete Cidades. The twin lake is in a volcanic caldera — don't worry, the volcano is dormant — creating a unique shape and even more captivating view. Drive down the 9-1 and across the bridge for stunning panoramic views of the lush surroundings and green blue water.

A pod of Atlantic striped dolphins

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Atlantic striped dolphins

Spot Sea Life

Spot Sea Life

Put your exploration skills to the test and spend the day on the water. The Azores is home to around 20 different species of dolphins and whales, making it the perfect place to spot a breach. Go into it with an open mind — when viewing animals in the wild, every trip is different.

Portas de Cidade and the Saint Sebastian church clock tower in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portas de Cidade

Postcard Perfect in Ponta

Step inside a postcard by posing for a selfie with Portas de Cidade. Built in the 18th century, the triple-arched black and white gateway is what comes to mind when people think of Ponta Delgada — it's even on the city's coat of arms. After you snap your photo, explore the rest of the city center from here by foot.

Mixed Portuguse tapas on wood table

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Mixed tapas

Local Cuisine

In Ponte Delgada, you'll find plenty of pestiscos, or Portuguese tapas. They're a great way to dine on some delicious fresh foods without breaking the bank. Don't leave without trying the grilled octopus and fried mackerel — mouthwatering staples in the Azores. If you're up for a new experience, try lapas, a delicious local sea snail, typically served grilled with butter, garlic and red pepper sauce.

An assortment of ceramic souvenirs in Portugal

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Ceramic souvenirs


Head to Galerias Portas do Mar for your pick of handmade crafts. Choose from clay dishes, vases, embroidery and lace products. Pick up some locally grown tea from Sao Miguel's Gorreana Tea Factory, or pop into the smaller shops around the city to purchase some delicious wine to sip at home.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 If you're buying ceramic products, make sure they have the Arts and Crafts Seal of Guarantee so you know that they are authentic and locally made.
2 The weather is extremely unpredictable here: Pack an umbrella or poncho so that spontaneous rainstorms don't stop you from exploring.

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