Ponta Delgada Things to Do

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    Paços do Concelho

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    City Hall
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    The building, which is on Praça do Município, is an interesting example of the baroque style (17th and 18th centuries). The tower, built in 1724, with a bell form the 16th century, was a gift of the king D. João III. Climbing this tower allows you to have a great view over the city.
    The statue of São Miguel Arcanjo, the main saint of the Island.

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    Palácio de Santana

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    Pal��cio de Santana
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    This palace was designed by an English architect in 1846. It is located on the North side in Ponta Delgada, inside a beautiful garden and serve nowadays as the residence of the President of the Regional Government of the Azores.
    In the extensive garden you can find native Azorean plants, interesting shrubs and a long allée of box trees.

    The entrance is subjected to permission!

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    Museu Carlos Machado

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 10, 2014

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    This monument was at the past a convent (Saint André Convent). Nowadays it houses the Carlos Machado Museum.
    This museum portrays the development of the region's fishing and farming industries over the centuries.

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    Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 10, 2014

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    The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, known as "Convento da Esperança" or simply Saint Christ's Church "Igreja do Senhor Santo Cristo", is home to the magnificent statue of "Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres" Christ of Miracles, the patron of the largest religious festival in the Azores.
    The construction of this monument goes back to the XVI century.
    The statue of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres is only a part of the valious tresour kept inside this monument.

    Visits to the statue:
    From September to June
    Everyday
    17:30 - 18:30

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    Whale watching.

    by cachaseiro Updated Jul 17, 2013

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    Whale watching on the Azores.
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    Whale watching is big on the Azores and Ponta Delgada has several companies offering it.
    The Azores has a lot of whales, both several spieces of migrating whales aswell as quite a lot of sperm whales who reside there all year long.
    There was commercial whaling on the Azores until 1986 but these days they make money out of showing the whales to the tourists and of the many companies offering it in Ponta Delgada there are a couple of real good ones with professional marine biologists working for them and a very responsible attitude.

    I would highly recommend whale watching as it is spectacular and by creating a whale watching economy then there will be very few people wanting to back to hunting whales like you see people do in other parts of the world.

    Of the companíes working with this in Ponta Delgada i would recommend "futurismo" or "picos de Aventura" as they are very good.

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    Visit the tobacco factory.

    by cachaseiro Written May 21, 2013

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    Rolling cigars on the Azores.
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    In Ponta Delgada you have a tobacco factory that produces cigarettes from the tobacco grown on the island and they also have a cigar production where they use tobacco leaves from other countries such as Indonesia, Hondouras and The Dominican Republic.
    On thursdays they have free tours of the factory and they are quite interesting even if they are just lasting around 40 minutes.
    Most of it shows you how they roll cigars in the factory and you hear some things about the tobacco production on the island.
    Should you wish to buy a good cigar then this is also æpossible after the tour.

    The tours are on thursday and only on thursday at:
    13:00
    14:00
    15:00
    They are free and all you have to do is go to the main gate and ask the guy at the gate.

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    Nature exploration on San Miguel, the Azores

    by Katya42 Written Mar 7, 2013

    Do not miss:

    - Ponta Delgada itself
    - Hiking around Lagoa de Fogo, Furnas lake, Sete Cidades lakes (these are found across the island, each should be a day's activity)
    - Hot springs and the botanical garden in Furnas
    - Hot baths in Furnas! For 2€, you get to stay there as long as you want, and there are change rooms, cold showers and staff will watch your belongings.

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    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • One of best short trips we ever took.

    by hientien Written Dec 15, 2012

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    We took a cruise with Royal Caribbean, got out at port Ponta Delgada without clear cut plan or purchased excursion. Stopped at Information Center across the street from the ship, and were told it would be best to take a taxi at the nearby intersection to visit Sete Cidades if we wanted a private tour. We were told the average price would be 50 Eurodollars. We ran into Mario Figuerira in his taxi who gave us the quote of exactly 50 Euro. It was a wonderful trip from this point on. He was very pleasant, spoke almost perfect English, very honest and patient. We enjoyed Sete Cidades much. On the way back to the ship, we asked to be taken to Furnas for an extra amount of 40 Euros. He took us to a nearby fast food restaurant for a hearty but cheap meals of 5 Euro per person before we drove another one hour to see Furnas. Both were really worth the money spent for 3 of us. We got back to the ship with one hour to relax before the deadline. Quick calculation showed we saved much by this private trip instead of purchasing the excursion from the trip. Mario was excellent, he was very gentle, not pushy, very honest and with fluent English. We took down his email: taxi.figueira@hotmail.com, phone: 912 604 653. Call him or email him before arrival, and enjoy the island. It was truly beautiful, we plan to come back and use his service again. Hien Pham M.D of San Jose, CA

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    A statue in honor of the emmigrants.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 29, 2012

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    The emmigrant monument in Ponta Delgada.

    The Azores used to be a very impoverised place, especially during the Salazar dictatorship where commonman had almost no chance of education and prosperity and therefore many Azorans emmigrated during that period.
    There was also a vulcanic eruption in 1958 that ruined many buildings and many people migrated to the United States after that.
    And many young locals have also in recent years gone to Bermuda to work in the tourist industry.
    These days you have more people with azoren blood living in North America thna you have living on the Azores and that is honored with a little statue in the center of Ponta Delgada showing a migrant family.

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    The Sao Sebastiao church.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 13, 2011

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    The entrance to the Sao Sebastiao chruch.
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    The Sao Sebastiao church is the main church in Ponta Delgada and it´s a 15th century church with a lot of interesting touches.
    The entrances to the church are manueline style which is a unique portugese building style from the 15th century and inside the church you have a lot of wood carvings in exotic wood from around the world.
    This is not a church that you have to be religious in order to enjoy.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

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    The town hall.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 13, 2011

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    The town hall in Ponta Delgada.

    The town hall in Ponta Delgada is in my opnion one of the prettiest buildings in Ponta Delgada.
    It used to be the house of a weathy merchant family and has a 17th century bell tower and it is located just around the corner from the main square.
    It´s a classical azoran baroque building that is surely worth visiting.

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    Dolphin tours..

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 9, 2011

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    Dolphins by the Azores.
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    The Azores has lot´s of dolphins and there are several companies in Ponta Delgada offerering various kind of dolphin tours.
    Futurismo is one company i have used several times and they are a good company with very educated guides and they are generally very reliable.
    You have tours where you combine dolphin watching with whale watching and you also have tours where you can swin with the dolphins.
    The waters around the Azores are packed with dolphins and you are almost always sure to see dolphins when you go on one of those tours.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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    Museu Carlos Machado

    by mircaskirca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museu Carlos Machado
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    Museu Carlos Machado is the oldest and one of the most notable museums of the Azores. It was founded in 1876 by Carlos Maria Gomes Machado (1828-1901), a naturalist and college professor. Originally it focused on natural history with collections in zoology, botany, geology and mineralogy. Art and ethnographic sections were founded later and contributed to the expansion of the museum. In 1930 the museum was moved to the former Convento de Santo André from the 16th century, named for the first patron saint of Ponta Delgada.

    The present collection has been greatly expanded and includes fascinating exhibits of regional ethnography, detailing the traditions and customs of island life, jewellery, glazed tiles, porcelain and toys. Upstairs there is an interesting gallery of folk art, contemporary paintings and sculptures. Of special interest is a collection of oil paintings from the Portuguese school, dating from the 16th century. The museum is surrounded by a lush garden with fountains and benches.

    It is open May-Sep Tue-Fri 10am-noon and 2pm-5pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5:30pm; rest of the year Tue-Sat 10am-noon and 2pm-5pm.

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    The fishing harbour.

    by cachaseiro Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    The fishing harbour in Ponta Delgada.
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    Ponta Delgada has a quite active fishing harbour that is pretty much right in the center of town.
    I really like a town where the harbour is more than just yachts and cruise ships and it´s nice to see that some people can still make a living out of fishing here and it certainly adds positively to the atmosphere of the town.

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    Forte de Sao Bras.

    by cachaseiro Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Forte de Sao Bras.
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    Forte de Sao Bras is a renaissance fortress from the 16th century that was originally build to defend Ponta Delgada against pirate attacks.
    It´s very well kept and has a really scenic location right y the fishing harbour.
    These days it´s open for the public and it also serves as a base for the portugese navy.
    Be aware that it is closed on monday though.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

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