Principal port and touristic heart of the Azores is the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel island.
Ponta Delgada is romantic city is enveloped in lush green landscapes.
Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel, is the regional capital of the Azores archipelago, a string of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,300 kilometers west of Portugal's mainland and about a two-hour flight from Lisbon. The town lies on the south coast of São Miguel, the largest island, and is a rewarding introduction to this beautiful and remote Portuguese territory - one of the world's great adventure tourism destinations.
This varied and dynamic city displays a mix of modernity and tradition, with beautiful ancient buildings and monuments living in harmony with the most contemporary and cosmopolitan city spaces.
First settled six centuries ago by fisherman attracted by the sheltered harbour, Ponta Delgada is nowadays a modern and cosmopolitan city, but retains a tranquil island feel and many architectural testaments to its past.
Spend time exploring its historical center, and you'll discover cobbled squares, museums, well-tended gardens, and handsome monuments built when Ponta Delgada was an important trading port in the 18th and early 19th centuries.