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Ponta Delgada holidays 2021

The Azores Islands are a little slice of Portuguese paradise nestled in the Atlantic Ocean. Once a humble fishing village and now a cosmopolitan capital city, Ponta Delgada holidays glitter with promise.

On the surface, holidays to Ponta Delgada are just an idyllic island getaway. However, the largest city in the Azores Islands also packs an impressive cultural punch. From the moment you enter the city gates, your itinerary overflows with historic architecture, nearby crater lakes and tropical fruit plantations. All that before you've even set foot on the island’s volcanic sandy beaches!

Crater lakes near Ponta Delgada

As the largest Azores Island, São Miguel wears its volcanic past with pride. Nicknamed the ‘Green Island’, verdant forests smother its dramatic peaks and cradle what is perhaps the island’s most breathtaking sight: crater lakes. From the majestic Fire Lake to the emerald and sapphire waters of Lagoa das Sete Cidades, these mountaintop marvels are an unmissable highlight of holidays to Ponta Delgada.

Why book Ponta Delgada holidays

Top attractions to visit

Explore the gorgeous Harbor Front and Historical Quarter

Cultural hotspot not to miss

The Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança is a must-visit

Lush natural wonders

See hidden Gruta do Carvão – an ancient lava tube!

Stay active

Head to the outskirts for a tour of the pineapple plantation there

Family-friendly attractions

Top spot for dolphin and whale watching!

Must-visit historical sites

Why not visit Igreja São Sebastião or Museu Carlos Machado-Núcleo de Arte Sacra?

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Top 5 things to do in Ponta Delgada

Top 5 things to do in Ponta Delgada

Brimming with seafront fortresses and sun-soaked gardens, holidays to Ponta Delgada ooze intrigue at every turn.

  • Your first port of call must be the iconic city gates. Made from volcanic stone, these 18th century arches tower over the mosaic-patterned central square and are even prettier lit up at night.
  • Add some tropical flavour to your trip at the Arruda Pineapple Plantation. Here, a whopping 6,000 greenhouses showcase super-sweet Azorean pineapples at different stages of growth.
  • Ploughed deep into the earth on the city outskirts, Gruta do Carvão is a subterranean lava tube forged over thousands of years. Guided tours take you through caves filled with geological formations.
  • Peace and quiet await at José do Canto Botanical Garden. Immaculately tended rose gardens, mini bamboo forests and exotic plants offer a hidden oasis within the bustling city centre.
  • Feel the earth tremble beneath your feet at the geothermal spa resort of Furnas. Just 45 minutes from the city, the bubbling springs and ground are so hot that local restaurants use them for cooking!
History in Ponta Delgada

History in Ponta Delgada

Stroll through the annals of time on holiday in Ponta Delgada, where historic buildings adorn the white-washed streets.

  • Built in the mid 16th century and still home to a handful of nuns today, the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança is lavishly adorned with religious artwork, gold-gilded sculptures and azulejo tiles.
  • Igreja de São Sebastião is considered Ponta Delgada’s landmark church – a fascinating blend of ornate Gothic, Manueline and Baroque styles. It also boasts the only clocktower in the city.
  • Based in a former convent, Museu Carlos Machado is the oldest museum in the Azores. Combining natural history with antique trinkets, it’s full of surprises. Don’t miss the intricately-carved wooden altar.
  • The fortress of São Bras once protected the island against pirate raids. Nowadays you’ll find a more friendly welcome as inside is the excellent Azores Military Museum.
  • If you’re lucky enough to visit Ponta Delgada during Santo Cristo Feast, you’re in for a treat. Elaborate processions, decorations and flowers blanket the streets in a breathtaking display of Azorean culture.

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Ponta Delgada weather

Ponta Delgada weather
Jan
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 12
Feb
16°C
Avg. Dry Days 15
Mar
16°C
Avg. Dry Days 16
Apr
16°C
Avg. Dry Days 13
Nov
19°C
Avg. Dry Days 10
Dec
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 10

Your Ponta Delgada questions answered

When is the best time to visit the Azores?

While the temperature is pleasant all year round, the warmest weather and calmest seas tend to be between May and September. April and May are especially good for whale-watching. If you want to avoid the summer holiday crowds, try the winter months.

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Prices last checked at 03:17 27 January 2021