|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$67.80|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$406.78|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$7.80|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$8.14|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.49|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.03|
Ponta Delgada is Azores archipelago’s most populous and largest city. Sao Miguel Island, Ponta Delgada is the seat of the regional government’s many departments. The only university of the archipelago is situated here which was found in 1975 and now boasts of 1,000 students. The once fishing village which became the capital in 1546 stretches to 3 km along a breathtakingly beautiful bay, offering remarkable scenic views.
The magnificent buildings of the city boasts of tremendous architectural value and these coupled with the scenic beauty make it worthwhile to catch cheap flights to Ponta Delgada. Most of these buildings have now been turned into various cultural, religious, administrative and political offices of the Azores and Sao Miguel.
The City Gates or Portas da Cidade which were constructed in the 18th century in the form of three arches can be another reason for tourists to book cheap flights to Ponta Delgada, due to the sheer beauty of the construction.
When booking hotels in Ponta Delgada, tourists should keep in mind the number of attractions there and the many activities that can be undertaken to make sure they have ample time on their hands.
There are a number of beautiful churches in the city out of which, three are the most imposing- Sao Joao, Sao Pedro and Matriz de Sao Sebastiao which are actually considered to be pieces of art from 18th, 17th and 16th centuries respectively. Other beautiful churches worth a look are St. Sebastians, St. Joseph’s, Colegio Church, Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope and the Mosteiro da Esparanca.
Besides churches, the city is filled with exquisite monuments and buildings, each of which has a unique story to tell, such as Forte de Sao Bras, Fonte Bela Palace which is currently a secondary school, Santa Catarina Palace and the Sant’Ana Palace, now home of Regional Government of Azores’ President. Saint Andre Convent which currently functions as Carlos Machado Museum is another notable place to visit with its beautiful paintings, engravings, sculptures, zoological and botanical collections, permanent exhibitions and ornamental tiles. It also demonstrates scenes from Azorean life in its ethnographic section.
Besides these, the entire city has numerous buildings portraying urban architecture from 17th to 19th centuries.