Visit the extraordinary and beautiful Ponta Delgada!

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1. Praça Gonçalo Velho Cabral
One of Ponta Delgada’s principal town squares is Praça Gonçalo Velho Cabral. The statue of the island’s discoverer, Gonçalo Velho Cabral, is located here along with the famous Portas da Cidade, another must-see attraction in Ponta Delgada. The city gate from the eighteenth century features three arches constructed with local stones and in the traditional Azorean style. The city gate was relocated to its current site in 1952 from a neighboring spot where it had originally stood in 1783.
Numerous events are taking place in this town plaza, it’s definitely a must-see location!

2. Largo da Matriz
One of Ponta Delgada’s most charming town squares is Largo da Matriz. Its primary landmark, the 16th-century, traditional-style church with a bell tower, Igreja de São Sebastião, is located directly behind the city gates.
The church’s odd hours mean that you might not always be able to visit inside. The altars are extremely elaborately ornamented despite the interior being fairly plain. Several cafés and gift shops can be found near Largo da Matriz. One of the most well-known chains, O Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa, sells canned sardines in the most creative packaging.

3. Museu Carlos Machado
Dr. Carlos Maria Gomes Machado founded the so-called Azorean Museum in 1876 at the then-Liceu Nacional de Ponta Delgada. With the intention of studying, collections of zoology, botany, geology and mineralogy were amassed here. Eventually, in 1880, the public was allowed inside.
Following 1914, it was renamed Museu Carlos Machado in honor of its founder. Prominent Azoreans spearheaded the collection’s growth, and in 1930, the Convent of Santo André was acquired, resulting in the consolidation of the collections that had previously been housed in several sites.
The old convent’s circuits were renovated and made public in 2016.

4. Micaelense Theater
The vibrant cultural center of Ponta Delgada, the Micaelense Theater, makes the city proud with its year-round, diverse performing arts schedule. Featuring some of Portugal’s most renowned experimental dance practitioners, the theater is at the forefront of modern artistic expression.
However, there are a lot of shocks here. A fun musical may be presented to the public one month, followed by a traditional ballet the next. From melancholic fado to toe-tapping jazz, concerts have it all. Occasionally, some rock is added just for good measure.
Since theater plays are almost exclusively in Portuguese, those who are not fluent in the language would be better off going to the movies, which show movies in their own tongue.

5. Santo Cristo dos Milagres
The yearly Santo Cristo dos Milagres celebration is one of the city’s most anxiously awaited occasions. One of São Miguel’s most significant religious celebrations, it takes place on the fifth Sunday following Easter and draws pilgrims from all over the world.
The Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança are lit up for the festivities the week before, and the surrounding streets are covered with fresh flowers arranged in geometric patterns.
On this day, the picture of Ecce Homo is brought from the convent and placed in a slow-moving procession with the townspeople and children. She is dressed in a garment of crimson and gold with woven flowers all over it. The procession is led by church members who are holding big, heavy candles.

Visit the extraordinary and beautiful Ponta Delgada with you family and friends, always relying and taking confidence in using Ponta Delgada Transfers, for high quality and easy taxi services, for memorable and unforgettable experiences!