Top 5 Things to do in Ponta Delgada, Portugal

October 10, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Ponta Delgada (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõtɐ ˌðɛɫˈɣaðɐ]) is the largest municipality (concelho) and administrative capital of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the archipelago. The population in 2011 was 68,809, in an area of 232.99 square kilometres (89.96 square miles). There are 17,629 residents in the three central civil parishes that comprise the historical city: São Pedro, São Sebastião, and São José. Ponta Delgada became the region's administrative capital under the revised constitution of 1976; the judiciary and Catholic see remained in the historical capital of Angra do Heroísmo while the Legislative Assembly of the Azores was established in Horta.
Restaurants in Ponta Delgada

1. Igreja do Santo Cristo

Avenida Roberto Ivens, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-239, Portugal +351 296 283 801
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Igreja do Santo Cristo

Reviewed By TripleTransAm - Montreal, Canada

As mentioned, from the outside it doesn't look very imposing (unless you visit during the festive event in May... then it's outrageous!). Nonetheless, inside it's quite an emotionally charged location. It's utterly quiet... you may find yourself hearing your heartbeat as you sit in the total silence surrounded by locals (and a few tourists, likely) that are there for reflection and prayer. It's the kind of environment that eventually brings us to moments of reflecting on one's life. Out of respect for the quiet and serenity, I refrained from firing off bursts of photos with my DSLR and instead concentrated on getting a few good shots not wanting the snap of my camera to disturb the visitors (I'm sure they're used to it, but still...).
While it's a mesmerizing location on its own, it helps to know the backstory behind the statue and what it means to the people of the island every year at the same time (to the point that the event is mimicked by Portuguese Açorean communities spread all over the world). This is likely what contributes most to the overall aura of the location.

2. Lagoa das Empadadas

Lagoa das Empadadas | Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9240-113, Portugal
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Lagoa das Empadadas

Reviewed By HERMOSAMARIPOSA1 - UK

NO! There are no restaurants or food places here at all!....just beauty by the lakeful!
We had made some homemade butties to take on our drive out of Ponta Delgarda and were on the lookout for somewhere peaceful to stop and have a munch!
THIS was IT!
As we sat with our butties a car arrived...a young man got out, assembled his windsurf board and took to the water....it was like having our own, personal entertainment!
It is obviously not easy to get here....but, if you get a chance to stop by....DO!

3. Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao

Largo Matriz, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-094, Portugal
Excellent
39%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao

Reviewed By TomFarhias - Kongsberg, Norway

This is a great piece of architecture, with its bell tower visible across the town. It is simple but very beautiful inside and definitely deserves to be visited. Masses were everyday at 8.30 and 18.30 if you would like to attend.

4. Portas da Cidade

Praca Goncalo Velho, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-063, Portugal
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 879 reviews

Portas da Cidade

Reviewed By Richard F - Louisville, Kentucky

This is a wonderfull location for a photo opportunity. It is located right in the middle of this beautiful city on the large main square. You can frame yourself and take some interesting shots. There is a beautiful church right behind the gate and when you turn around you can get a shot of the harbor.

5. Pinhal da Paz

Rua de Cima | Caminho da Adutora, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-661, Portugal +351 296 204 600
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Pinhal da Paz

Reviewed By Two_if_by_Land - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bring an umbrella! This place can be rainy even if it is bright and sunny in Ponta Delgada. Without one, we still enjoyed a quick walk along beautiful paths, and even through the hedge maze (which is a little broken down, alas), but we couldn't stay to take as long a walk as we had planned.

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