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PONTA DELGADA CRUISES

PONTA DELGADA HIGHLIGHTS

Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores, an archipelago of Portuguese islands. You’ll find this city on the island of São Miguel, which is named the ‘Green Island’, thanks to its colourful countryside, volcanic landscape and geothermal lakes. There are plenty of opportunities to get outside on Ponta Delgada cruises – whether you choose to explore the Coal Caves and its lava tube system, or take a walk through the enchanting 19th-century botanic gardens. Ponta Delgada is just as rich in fascinating history. Start your discovery at the City Gate, Portas de Cicade. Dating back to the 18-century, these elaborate gates frame a bustling public square. Elsewhere in the city, centuries-old buildings can be found everywhere, from the 16-century Church of San Sebastian with its elaborate wood carvings to the Convent of our Lady of Hope Monastery. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to some classic Portuguese delicacies at the Mercado da Graça. Bargain with local traders over fresh seafood, dried herbs and succulent pineapple. The Azores are famous for their pineapple, and you can find out more by visiting the Arruda Pineapple Plantation. The tours are free, and afterwards you can pick up some juicy pineapple to enjoy as the hot Azores afternoon fades into a balmy evening.