Rua do Contador 24 A, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, 9500-050, Portugal
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The fishing harbour in Ponta Delgada.
Palácio da Conceição
at main square ponta delgada acores
Visiting your city
We, along with a small group of our friends, (2000!) will be arriving in your city, via a transatlantic cruise this spring. Our experience has shown us that we can accomplish twice the adventure of a ship excursion if we just follow the locals’ advice.
1. How far is the cruise ship dock from the center of the city? What forms of transportation are available?
2. Unfortunately our visit is short. What activities would you recommend to acquaint visitors with your city in hopes of possibly returning? Are there any daily local markets? What are some short sightseeing possibilities?
3. We would prefer not to return to the ship for lunch. Any recommendations for lunch with a local flair? Maybe some seafood.
4. And finally we shouldn’t return to the ship empty-handed. What local treasures must one purchase?
RE: Visiting your city
Hi all 2000 people!!!! I was in Ponta Delgada in August. I have already built my page. But I will tell a very active VT member in Ponta Delgada to write to you
RE: Visiting your city
You can reach the city centre easily on foot! It is very close, about 1km.
When you arrive at the port, you will see a tall building called SOLMAR. Inside this building you will find a commercial centre (small) and facing the street there are cafés and a supermarket.
Please, see my page about Ponta Delgada and, if you need mor information, don't hesitate to write to me.
Travel Tips for Ponta Delgada
Igreja Matriz de São Sebastião
This beautiful monument was built between 1531 and 1547 on the same place of a small church.
It is a representation of the gothic style, with evidences of manueline style at the main entrance.
Inside this monument, embroideries in gold thread are found in addition to some rare wood such as “Pau Santo” (from Brazil).
Igreja do Colégio de Todos-os-Santos
Behind the Jardim Antero de Quental stands Igreja do Colégio de Todos-os-Santos (All Saints Church) with its impressive façade in the Baroque style. This church is quite different, it does not follow the traditional design elements characteristic for other churches on the island. It was part of the old Jesuit College. Construction started in 1592 when the Jesuits came to the island and founded their college here. The present church's construction started only in the first half of the 18th century. In 1759 the Jesuits had to leave Portugal on the orders of the Marques de Pombal so the church was never finished.
Inside you'll find plant and animal motifs carved into the wood and stone of the building. Worth a special attention is the altar, considered one of the greatest pieces of art in the city. It has has elaborate and detailed carving, showing the images of the real world and the world of spirit. Unfortunately, the altar was never finished or gilded. The church is now part of the Museum Carslos Machado and includes a collection of religious art. It is also used as an exhibition gallery for contemporary art.
"City of Beautiful Churches"
Ponta Delgada is the capital of Saõ Miguel and the largest city of the Azores, with university established in 1975. The city is well worth exploring a day or two, it has many beautiful churches, palaces, museums and other magnificent buildings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. There are several attractive squares and beautiful gardens to relax, and long esplanade along the harbour. The city is easy to explore by foot. I very much enjoyed wandering through the cobbled narrow streets of the historic centre with attractive shops and inviting cafés and restaurants, and completed the tour of the city in Café Royal with a nice cup of coffee and some typical sweets of the island.
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