What to do and see in Ponta Delgada, Azores: The Best City Tours

June 21, 2021 Darleen Reid

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.
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1. Half-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada to Sete Cidades

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Cruise along the forested floor of a massive volcanic crater as you explore Sete Cidades with an experienced local guide. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, ride between sparkling lakes and bounce down dirt roads that lead to sweeping viewpoints of this stunning and dramatic landscape

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Local taxes, Driver/guide

Exclusions: Entrance fees in thermal pools and natural parks

Reviewed By Richard B

Delfim the guide is great. He is very friendly, funny, on-time, knows the area, plans a fun trip and makes sure everyone is ok and happy. We loved the time getting off the main roads and exploring the hard to get to places of the island. Beautiful views and exhilarating experiences. Thanks again to Alice and Delfim.

2. Walking tour to Sete Cidades with picnic lunch

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Join us on our exploration of Sete Cidades, one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. Enjoy some of the most iconic landscapes of the Azores from "Vista do Rei" and "Grota do Inferno" viewpoints. Learn about the local geology and biology and relax by the twin "blue and green" lakes. This walking tour includes a guide, a picnic lunch and all the needed transportation.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, Lunch, Driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions: Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Reviewed By 11ajdas

Words cannot express, how much we loved touring around Sao Miguel with Funtastic Azores. Both Paulo and Marco were amazing guides and did more than expected. Sao Miguel was truly fantastic and even better because of them. Thank you Paulo for organizing everything and I cannot recommend your company enough! Their tours are by far the best way to get to know Sao Miguel!

3. 7 Cidades lake Fire lake Van tour

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Enjoy this combi tour you can visit 2 fantastic volcanos in one day with certified guide tour, with big experience in tours and with cultural knowledge in,history,geology, flora and fauna of this islands  .  you have the chance to visit half of the Island of São Miguel, Enjoy the oportunity to be in side of Huge volcano crater, with fantastic views that you never Forget, also you can visite north coast beach some great view points , hotsprings,other villages and city. its very relax tour , if you wich i use to make coffe break on great spot.and lunch in traditional restaurant This tour its very recommended for who don t have  much time to stay on the Island. you can visit Twin Lakes and Fire lake and also Pico do Carvão view point,north coast village of Capelas, Stª Barbara Beach, Ribeira Grande City,Ponta do Cintrão hotsprings " Caldeira Velha", south coast view points

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Local guide, Professional guide, Hotel/port pickup and drop-off, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Lunch, Souvenir photos (available to purchase), DVD (available to purchase)

4. Furnas Lake Hotsprings and Gardens Van Tour

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Enjoy  the views of south coast the islet of Vila Franca , the Village ( First capital ),Furnas lake and Botanical Gardens, volcanic fumaroles and hotsprings during 3/4 hours, back to Ponta Delgada by north coast views of the island .  the pick up and drop off on Cruiser ships terminal or Hotel in Ponta Delgada, tour by certified guide, this tour is by confortable  8 passengers van with A/C,  its a exeprience you don t regret.

Inclusions: Its incluide the Pick up and drop off in terminal cruiser ship or hotel in Ponta Delgada, Transportation with certified guide with all legacy ensurance, Fuel surcharge

Exclusions: Its not incluide Food and drinks, snacks,suvenirs, lunch, entrance in gardens and hotsprings

5. Ponta Delgada city tour(Half day)

Núcleo de Santa Bárbara, R. dos Manaias, 9500-084 Ponta Delgada, Portugal Azores for All
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In this cultural tour you´ll have the opportunity to visit charming cultural places in Ponta Delgada. Starting in Portas do mar, passing threw San Sebastian main church; Todos os Santos church, Natural history and conventual architecture and Exhibition of Canto da Maia. NOTE: a minimum of 2 persons is required.

Inclusions: Insurance, Professional sociocultural Guide, Entrance to places stated on program

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By Madeleine W

First the negative - don't do this if you have a serious fear of heights. And if it's cloudy enough that you can't see the peaks from below, don't even bother. Now the positive - however scary some of the trail looks as if it might be from below, it isn't as bad as you expect when you get up to the scary-looking bits. And if you can see the views at all they are wonderful, especially on a very clear day. The trail itself is a mix of different landscapes, first climbing through a mossy gully, then past a green bog full of noisy frogs, then up a bleakly beautiful grassy cone to a lookout point with views for miles, followed by another lookout point with views of a lake, then through heath and bracken, down to some woods around a different lakeside, then a climb up through more woods and lovely plants. It's free, and there is a car park and very clear signage. Take a photo of the map in the car park, you won't need it but it's interesting to look at to see where you are.

6. Best of Ponta Delgada Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

Posto de Turismo - Ponta Delgada, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 9500-769 Ponta Delgada, Portugal Pure Azores Tours
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Discover the very best Ponta Delgada has to offer on a 3,5 hours small group guided walking tour. Meet the most famous and iconic monuments of Ponta Delgada center, visit the most beautiful botanical garden in town and discover some of the finest works of art in all of the Azores. This tour is the perfect introduction to the Azorean culture and history, a must-do during one of your afternoons in Ponta Delgada.

Inclusions: Professional tour guide, Admission fees to paid attractions included in the itinerary

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By marytR6969OQ

This tour is absolutely amazing! It was our first trip to the Azores and we felt like we were in Hawaii. We had no idea that this little island was so lush and tropical. Felipe was a great guide and provided a geological explanation of each site we visited. Absolutely fascinating. We will be sure to book another tour on our return trip.

7. Walking Tour through the historic center of Ponta Delgada

City Gates, Praça de Gonçalo Velho 9500, 9500-150 Ponta Delgada, Portugal Prazer d'Aventura
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Ponta Delgada, It's the largest and most important city of São Miguel and the Azores , with more than five centuries of existence, is a flat city , modern and cosmopolitan, It is the largest municipality and which has the largest equipment diversity. Find your guide at the City Gates and skirt on a walking tour through the historic center of Ponta Delgada. A rich City in history, in culture and historical buildings, we will visit churches, museums, gardens and the famous traditional market "Mercado da Graça", after 3 hours of walking around the city, after we take you to the Marina or to the port Cruises "Portas do Mar", where your tour ends.

Inclusions: Local guide, Professional guide

Exclusions: Lunch, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Food and drinks, Souvenir's

Reviewed By patriceragot

I did find the service comfortable and it seems to go "everywhere" in Ponta Delgada... But despite the advert they do have only one trip per hour... but it is plenty as both ways I was alone in the bus...

8. Sanguinho Trail Full-Day Walking Tour with Lunch

FUNtastic Azores Tours

Explore the first settlement from Sâo Miguel island. Along the walk, your group will discover an abandoned traditional Azorean town and then walk up to an exquisite waterfall where you can have a relaxing swim. Along the way, see a splendid diversity of flora and interact with the locals.

Inclusions: Lunch, Driver/guide, Live commentary on board, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions: Pickups and drop-offs outside of Ponta Delgada city (5

Reviewed By 11ajdas

Words cannot express, how much we loved touring around Sao Miguel with Funtastic Azores. Both Paulo and Marco were amazing guides and did more than expected. Sao Miguel was truly fantastic and even better because of them. Thank you Paulo for organizing everything and I cannot recommend your company enough! Their tours are by far the best way to get to know Sao Miguel!

9. East Tour - Furnas

Prime Azores

You will see some of the most remarkable places on the island. It's really nature headed and will provide you with an exprience of pure nature and outstanding sights.

Inclusions: WiFi on board, Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, Snacks, Bottled water, Powerbanks, All the amenities are free.

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Reviewed By CarlosV3451

It was a really good day. We started at the planned hour and had luck with the weather. The tour guide was awesome and show us around all the spots mentioned in the list and we even got some extra sights that were not planned. Overall i recommend Prime Azores for a Tour, they do a reallt great job.

10. Ponta Delgada‎ Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

City Gates, Praça de Gonçalo Velho 9500, 9500-150 Ponta Delgada, Portugal R. Alexandre Herculano 15, 1250-098 Lisboa, Portugal

With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

Inclusions: Local guide "Lokafyer", Customized private walking tour

Exclusions: Entrance fees, Personal expenses, Tips and gratuities (optional), Food and drinks, Local transportation around the city (It’s a walking tour, car transportation isn’t included)

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