Ponta Delgada

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  • From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    1. From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary. Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour. Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the...

    All the setting were ready, boat, crew, safety guidelines once on board. Only downside was the fact we did not spot any whales. If you have the tendency to get sea sick, go prepared!

  • Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

    2. Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

    This 2.5-hour excursion begins with an introduction to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other marine species, their natural habitat, communication, migration and behavioral patterns. After the briefing, board the designated boat and head out to sea. The boat will approach the whales slowly and carefully as the naturalist guides and marine biologists on board provide commentary. The boat trip also includes a tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for an up-close look at the volcano and resident wildlife. Light food is permitted on board, and a camera is essential to capture the wildlife you spot on the tour.

    Good organisation Nice people clear communication We saw common dolphins, 2 loggerhead turtles, pilot whales and atlantic whales. We were unlucky not to see large whales :-( Better luck next time.

  • Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    3. Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Explore the volcanic landscape of the Sete Cidades, and the mountain scenery of the Lagoa do Fogo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Delgada. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive along a scenic road to the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Enjoy panoramic views of the blue and green waters of the two lakes in the crater of the Sete Cidades. Then, continue to different viewpoints before getting close to the banks of the twin lakes. Go to the Mata do Canário, and marvel at the unique flora of the natural park. Drive along the Pico do Carvão road past numerous small lakes, including the “Empadas Lakes.” Get multiple perspectives of the north and south shores of the island of São Miguel. Break for a lunch of typical Azorean food in a local restaurant in the city of Lagoa. Next, explore the city of Ribeira Grande with its unique historic center that dates from the 17th to 19th centuries....

    Excellent experience! Very knowledgeable and nice guide. The termal pools are gorgeous in a natural environment. Dinner with the 'cozido' from the 'caldeiras' in Lagoa das Furnas was delicious. A nice guided walk by the termal features on Furnas after dinner with a nice surprise at the end.

  • São Miguel East & Northeast: Furnas & Nordeste Full-Day Tour

    4. São Miguel East & Northeast: Furnas & Nordeste Full-Day Tour

    After getting picked up from your hotel in the morning, cross the island to the north coast. Make your first stop at Samta Iria viewpoint, and head to the Tea Factory Porto Formoso. Enjoy a splendid view over the bay, a magnificent garden and a tea tasting. Head back to the road, and stop at the Pico do Ferro Lookout on top of the Furnas Volcano crater to admire the interior of the volcano, the village and the Furnas Lake. Begin your journey into the crater and stop for a hike or a dip in the botanical garden, and the Terra Nostra or Poça da Dona Beija thermal pool. Admire Furnas Lake, where Cozido das Furnas are made using the heat of the volcano. Taste this typical and famous food at a local restaurant. After lunch, hike in the area of the boilers and visit the many volcanic manifestations, taste some of the many mineral waters, or stop for a traditional liquor taste. See the Natural...

    Amazing trip. You get to experience so much beautiful and fascinating nature. Our guide (Fred) was great at making a fun atmosphere in the group and knew all that was relevant at the locations. He was even so kind to buy me painkillers due to a headache. So much value for your money

  • Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    5. Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    Join the ultimate swimming experience on an encounter with wild dolphins in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Head out from the Azores in a Zodiac boat for an unforgettable adventure. This 2-hour activity is carried out in small groups and led by a qualified biologists or nature guides. Each swimming tour is preceded by a briefing in which one of the biologists explains how to swim with wild dolphins while respecting them. You’ll also learn how to enter the water and behave around the dolphins, how to use the mask and snorkel and how to get the most out of your swimming experience. Masks, snorkels and wet-suits are provided.

    The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and easy going, always concerned about the customer´s wellbeing and safety, they did their best to ensure that groups of dolphins were found and created the best conditions to ensure the customers had the opportunity to swim with them. Even if took the trip beyond the set scheduled time. Boat was clean, geared with all the safety equipment and fit for the purpose.

  • São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    6. São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Your guide, an expert in the history and nature of the Azores, will meet you at your accommodation at 09:00. On this 9-hour excursion you’ll head straight to Sete Cidades, enjoying amazing views of the island along the mountain road. Stop at the famous King's View, and take in the panorama appearing on many postcards of the Azores. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of smaller, little-known lakes of the area. After you visit a small town by the lake, the drive continues to the west coast of the island and the beautiful rocks of Mosteiros. In the afternoon, the itinerary starts off with a visit to Fogo Lake, the highest and most untouched of the large lakes of the Azores. Next is Caldeira Velha, a natural monument featuring lush vegetation and thermal activity. Continue to Ribeira Grande, the largest town on the north coast and see the most beautiful cliffs in São Miguel. Your last stop o...

    The tour was just wonderful! Our guide was super nice and we learned many interesting facts and stories about the island. Highly recommended!

  • Furnas Hot Springs Night Tour with Dinner

    7. Furnas Hot Springs Night Tour with Dinner

    Unwind at the hot thermal springs of an active volcano on an evening tour from Ponta Delgada. Head to the volcanic complex of Furnas in Povoação and bathe in the warm waters of Poça da Dona Beija.  Go for a guided nature walk to discover the beautiful surroundings and get plenty of opportunities to take souvenir photos of the dramatic landscapes. End the evening with a traditional stew from the region, cooked beneath the ground using the heat from the surrounding thermal springs.

    Really lovely evening. Food was amazing, Bruno was a really great guide and hot springs were very relaxing!

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    8. Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    Take the opportunity to see some of the sea life found in the Azores including dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. Before the boat trip, listen to biologists explaining the safety measures aboard, the history of the area, the local wildlife and how to respect them. Then set off! After the 3-hour whale watching tour, stop in Vila Franco do Campo to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. Take one of the provided snorkels and diving masks and see the numerous protected fish species in this natural reserve. Following the tour, transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.

    The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

  • São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    9. São Miguel East: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Following pick-up, start the drive to Furnas. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the southern coast of the island until you get to the historical town of Vila Franca do Campo. Here, reach a secluded chapel in the mountains, Senhora da Paz, to enjoy a spectacular view of the town and small island before continuing to Furnas. In Furnas, walk along geothermal fields and observe smoking volcanoes (possible to swim in thermal pools for extra fee). Watch as your lunch, the famous local cozido, is pulled from the cooking holes in the volcanic soil. In the afternoon, get to the top of the volcanic crater at the viewpoint of Pico do Ferro, which offers views of Furnas and its lake. Next, head to the northeastern side of the island to see the coast of high cliffs and waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Make your way back to Ponta Delgada along the north coast of the island with a final stop at the b...

    This was the perfect way to discover São Miguel island. We were a small group and our guide Miguel was super nice and gave us a wealth of information. Thank you Miguel and Pure Azores!

  • Azores: São Miguel / Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

    10. Azores: São Miguel / Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

    Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. Bathe in the natural pools in the stunning Lagoon of Lagoa do Fogo. Start your trail on a short dirt road, from where you will reach a small stream (about 2 km), reaching another relatively more open area, with several springs and wide declivities, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the Natural Pools of Lagoa / Caloura, in the cozy Thermal Baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the Grandiose Waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo (on one side) and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel (on the other) while traveling along “Cumeeira Norte”. Pass through several small streams surrounded by incredibly green and untouched forests, before reaching the characteristic pumice-stone beach of the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch of regional products. Return ...

Frequently asked questions about Ponta Delgada

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Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    In May, the island of Sao Miguel comes into full bloom. If you absolutely can't miss the whales, then the summer months are the best time to go.

  • How can I get around the city?

    The main form of public transportation is bus. However, these may vary in terms of regularity, so if you can, it's best to rent a car. A taxi from Ponta Delgada airport to the city center should cost around 15.00 EUR.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-01:30)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months, July through September, offer the nicest temperatures, with the least amount of rainfall, and also the benefit of great whale watching!

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,951 reviews

Great day with guided by someone local, who knows and shares what you'd like to know about Azores. All the great spots of the central-west side are covered in a single day, a must if you want to cover more ground.

amazing experience with a passionate guide that went out of his way to show us all the beautiful secrets of the island , and gave as an impromptu geography lesson of the azores... amazing stuff

I had the best guide for the trekking, it was a spectacular experience and I would like to be able to repeat it. It is a beautiful circular route, with the most beautiful end, Lagoa do Fogo.

This was the perfect way to discover São Miguel island. We were a small group and our guide Miguel was super nice and gave us a wealth of information. Thank you Miguel and Pure Azores!

Perfect way to get the most out of your time while visiting Sao Miguel. We also did the West side the following day to get a complete overall experience.