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8 Places to Visit in Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Reshma Jirage Jul 16, 2019
Located on the island of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada is a multifarious city having a history of about 5 centuries and testimonies of the past. This modern city has a cosmopolitan culture along with tranquility of the Azorean life. This city offers many wonderful places to visit, giving you lifetime memories.

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Ponta Delgada, a chain of 9 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is the regional capital of the Azores.
Previously known as a simple fishing village, Ponta Delgada flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries with cultural and economic life.
Don't miss an opportunity to explore historical places like museums, monuments or whale-watching and amazing volcanic scenery.

Teatro Micaelense

Located at de São João, Ponta Delgada, the Micaelense Theater is a lively cultural hub, popular for several selective programs of performing arts held throughout the year.
It is known to offer many surprises like classical ballet or a variety of light-hearted musical concerts like rock music, jazz and fado. Micaelense also serves as an art gallery.

Gruta do Carvão

This is a deep underground ancient lava tube, located in Rua do Paim, 2nd Circular, Ponta Delgada. Of its 1,650 meter length, people are allowed to explore about 250 meters.
Take guided tours to enjoy geological excursions through thousand years of volcanic activity in humid and warm atmosphere and witness lava bridges and several conical-shaped stalactites.

Parque Atlantic

Centrally located in the city, this huge shopping mall comprises over 89 shops and stores from all around the world and about 17 restaurants.
Its stylish and contemporary architecture creates a very pleasant ambience for shopping and enjoying a variety of cuisines at affordable prices. Also have fun at a movie theatre, Cineplace located in the mall.

Harbor Front and Historical Quarter

Avenida Infante Dom Henrique is the harbor front promenade. At its western end, there is a fortress, the 16th-century Forte de São Brás, with the Azores Military Museum.
Opposite to it are Praça 5 de Outubro and Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança. There are famous 3 arches of the 18th-century city gates located on Praça Gonçalo Velho Cabral.

7 Arruda Açores Pineapple Plantation

Pineapple plantation is one of the uncommon sightseeing destinations situated on the Ponta Delgada. You can take the plantation tours to visit these greenhouses. You may purchase the fresh fruits as well as a bag of tempting pineapple boiled sweets.

Swim with Dolphins and Go Whale watching

The Azores is among the best destinations for whale watching, with about 25 different resident and migratory species of whales, which includes the sperm whale as well as blue and fin whale.
Swimming with playful dolphins in their natural environment is a thrilling experience. Do visit Picos de Aventura in Ponta Delgada for enjoying both these activities.

Igreja São Sebastião

Built up from the black basalt stone, the Church of St. Sebastian is the best example of ancient Azorean architecture. Its exterior is adorned with oceanic murals, Manueline.
Its spectacular interior has biblical murals and marvelous azulejo panels. A clock tower was built during the 18th century. This church is located at Largo da Matriz, Ponta Delgada.

Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança

Built in 1541, the Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança is one of the most visited cultural attractions.
Adorned with a beautiful canvas of 18th-century azulejos tiles, this chapel has an amazing treasure of religious art. The Christ of the Miracles is worshiped here and locals revere the image of Ecce Homo that can be seen at certain hours.