Ponta Delgada

Guide to Cruise Ports and Terminals

Ponta Delgada Cruise Port

Ponta Delgada is the largest city in the Azores, an archipelago of nine beautiful islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.  The city is located 1,450 km east of Lisbon and 4,136 km west of New York.  It is home to over 67,000 people.

Many transatlantic cruises include Ponta Delgada as a port-of-call in their itineraries.

The Ponta Delgada Cruise Port is located at Portas do Mar, next to the picturesque marina. It is called Terminal Maritimo.  Cruise passengers can walk to town from the port.

Tendering is occasionally required.

Public Transportation

Port Shuttle

The town center is a ten minute walk from the cruise port.  A port shuttle is not needed.

Bus Service

The Hop-on Hop-off Bus (Yellow bus) departs from São Brás Fort (near the port) and has two main routes:

  • Route 1: Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Fire Lake (seven stops)
  • Route 2: Ponta Delgada, Seven Cities Lagoon (six stops)

 A 24 hour ticket costs approximately 22 euro for both lines.

A mini-bus system also operates in and around Ponta Delgada.

Car Rental

A car rental office is located right at the port.

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Visitor Information

Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada is the regional capital and largest city in the Azores.  The attractive city is located on the island of Sao Miguel.

Top attractions in the city include the following:

  • Carlos Marchado Museum
  • Central Square
  • City Gates (Portas da Cidade)
  • Convento da Esperanca (Convent)
  • Forte de Sao Bras (Renaissance Fortress)
  • Gates of the Sea (Portas do Mar)
  • Old Customs House
  • Pedestrian Promenade
  • Ponta Delgada City Hall
  • Praça Gonçalo Velho Square
  • São Sebastião Square
  • Sao Sebastiao Church (founded in 1533)
  • Sol Mar Avenida Center mall
  • Historic Town Centre (Baixa)

Sao Migual Island

Sao Miguel is an emerald green island that is 65 km long.  It is the largest and most populated of the nine islands that make up the Azores.  Ponta Delgada is the largest city on the island.

Top attractions on the island include the following:

  • Lake of Fire (Lagoa do Fogo)
  • Hot Springs
  • Volcanic crater (Lagoa das Sete Cidades)
  • Pargue Terre Nostra (gardens)
  • Ribeira Grande (town)
  • Ribeira Grande Municipal Museum
  • Whale-Watching excursions

Map of the Ponta Delgada Cruise Port

View map of the Ponta Delgada cruise terminal.

Currency of the Azores

The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR).

Weather in Ponta Delgada

Average temperatures by month area as follows:

Month Minimum Maximum Precipitation
Jan 11 16 135
Feb 10 16 110
Mar 11 16 106
April 11 17 72
May 13 19 56
June 15 21 39
July 16 23 32
Aug 18 24 41
Sept 17 25 84
Oct 15 21 114
Nov 13 18 133
Dec 12 17 124

Free Wifi Service

Free Internet services is available at Burger King (at dock), at Somar Avenida Center (across from the cruise terminal) and at many cafes and restaurants in town.


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