Cheap Flights To Ponta Delgada
From stunning natural beauty to historic buildings, Ponta Delgada has no shortage of things to see and do. The largest city of the stunning Azores Islands, Ponta Delgada is brimming over with heritage and culture, from the iconic Three Arches to the churches of Sao Sebastiano and Santo Cristo.
The capital city of Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada offers sun-drenched weather and a vibrant traditional Portuguese way of life. As its home to many of the island's best resorts and attractions, the city is an ideal place to visit to immerse yourself in contemporary and traditional Azorean culture. The city's most distinctive landmark is undoubtedly the City Gates, an iconic attraction that kicks off many visitors stay in the city. Nearby, you'll find the seafront square and the city's famous clock tower, where you can take some seriously envy-inducing holiday pictures. At the Caldeira das Sete Cidades you'll experience a majestic mountainous backdrop and a series of green-blue lakes. There's another group of stunning lakes close by at the Lago das Empanadas too, the perfect place to go to unwind away from the bustling tourist crowds or enjoy a romantic stroll with your significant other.
Things To Do
Ponta Delgada boasts a wide range of historic attractions and places of interest including churches, cultural landmarks and world-class museums, making it easy to explore and learn more about this important capital city.
The best beach is the Praia das Milicias, a 0.17-kilometre expanse of soft warm sands with a group of relaxing beach bars. Thanks to the natural shadow and lifeguards on duty throughout the entire peak season, this beach is ideal for families with children and more inexperienced swimmers.
- Avenida Infante Dom Henrique
The town's seafront walkway overlooks the Forte de Sao Bras, a prime example of 16th century Renaissance architecture. Make sure you stop off at the Azores Military Museum to learn about the city's heritage too.
The city has a number of areas of wonderful natural beauty, including the Caldeiras das Furnas, a series of hot springs and flowing geysers that were formerly part of an active volcanic cluster. Another wonderful natural attraction is the Lagoa das Furnas, the second largest of Sao Miguel's lakes, and home to a working spa since the 19th century.
Calendar Of Events
With beautiful scenery, historic buildings and unrivalled Azorean vistas, the city makes the perfect venue for an impressive line-up of annual events and festivities including religious festivals and music festivals.
Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres: The largest religious festival of the Azores, this festival involves a statue of the Christ that is paraded throughout the city en route to the convent at Esperanca. As well as the religious features of the festival, this annual event includes widespread celebrations, a funfair and a number of street booths.
Carnaval: Also known as Mardi Gras, this annual celebration takes place at the beginning of March for several days. Carnaval is one of the most lively festivals in Ponta Delgada involving loud music, hand-made floats and costumes and plenty of jubilant dancing.
Tremor: Every March the city hosts a five day music and arts festival, inviting attendees from around the country as well as international visitors to enjoy music and art 'pop up' events at various beauty spots around the capital.