Ponta Delgada's Top 5
Collected by Nelson Carvalheiro, AFAR Local Expert
Lagoa das Sete Cidades, 9555, Portugal
This five-kilometer-wide, forest-covered, extinct volcanic cauldron hugs the green (Lagoa Verde) and blue (Lagoa Azul) lagoons and is visible from the Vista do Rei (King’s View) lookout. If the crater seems familiar, that's because it's the...
Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lagoon) is São Miguel’s scenic alpine landscape. It is a protected nature reserve, where a 10-kilometer hiking trail rewards visitors with gorgeous unspoiled scenery. Look north from the weather station atop the volcano’s rim...
Largo da Matriz 62, 9500-094 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Together with the Portas da Cidade (the arched gates to the city), St. Sebastian’s Mother Church is Ponta Delgada’s most iconic example of Azorean white walls with black basalt trim. Built in 1547 and refurbished through the years, it reflects the...
9675 Furnas, Portugal
Terra Nostra Park, located in the center of Furnas Valley, is one of the largest (12.5 hectares) and oldest gardens in the Azores. This natural wonder features an impressive variety of flora, including a collection of 600 different camellias....
Plantações de Chá Gorreana, 9625-304 Maia, Portugal
According to history books, the practice of drinking tea was popularized in England by the consort of Charles II, Catherine of Braganza, who brought the drink from her native Portugal. Today, Gorreana Tea Estate, founded in 1883, is the last...
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