A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores

Tripoto
20th May 2018

Posing at the City Gate

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Highly adorned side entrance of a church.

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On our recent Disney TransAtlantic Cruise, after a week at sea, we stopped in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Enjoy over 30 photos that I took while on my rainy walk through town.

St. Peter's Church

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St. Peter's Church (front)

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The volcanic islands lie 1000 miles from the coast of Europe. Everyone was excited to visit our first port.

The Academy of Arts

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Known for its natural beauty and whales, most cruise passengers, including us, chose to quickly leave the port, bypassing the town of Ponta Delgada.

Whale Watching

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We took a whale watching expedition that was amazing. Other passengers toured the lush green countryside with mountains, lakes, vistas, and sheep. Few stayed in town.

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Ponta Delgada

When we returned, clouds covered the sky. Rain gently fell. We still had a few hours left in port. A handful of us braved the elements and explored Ponta Delgada.

Rainy Street in Ponta Delgada

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It was Sunday afternoon. Most shops were closed and streets were quiet.

A peak inside a wine and cheese shop

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I had no idea what idea what to expect, having seen only a handful of photos. My rainy walk through Ponta Delgada surprised and thrilled me. What a beautiful town!

St. Sebastian bell tower

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Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook

With a map in hand, I explored the narrow streets. White washed buildings with dark wood trim wound up and down the hills.

A horse drawn carriage near the City Gate

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City Gate to Ponta Delgada

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Bright flowers on the Praca da Goncalo Velhor

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Occasionally, light blue or yellow would gently stand out. Bright flowers, trees, and lush, green grass burst forth color onto the blank canvas.

Ponta Delgada City Hall

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Church of St. Sebastian

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Having not yet visited Andalusia, a town clad almost completely in white was a new experience which I loved.

A cute cafe.

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Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook
Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook

My Tour of the Town

My photos lead you through my path. First, I headed for St. Peter Church, which I could see from our ship. Then, I walked to the City Gates. I passed by the courthouse and Church of Saint Sebastian, on my way to Antero da Quental Park.

Antero da Quental Park

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House overlooking the park

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Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook
Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook

A street view from Antero da Quental Park

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Each stop and the in between provided picturesque settings. After leaving the park, I came upon the College Jesuit Church and Carlos Machado Museum.

Carlos Machado Museum

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I continued my loop through the winding streets, back towards the courthouse. All of the town that I saw was clean and well maintained. Finally, I passed along the docks and enjoyed views of the boats in the harbor.

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Photo of A Rainy Walk Through Ponta Delgada, Azores by Brook

I walked approximately 1.6 miles/2.5 km through the gentle rain. I wish that there had been more time. My route only covered a portion of the town. Click here for a map of my route.

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Looking back at the city while returning to the ship

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Ponta Delgada thoroughly impressed me. Clouds and rain could not dampen the experience. I hope to return and have more time to wander this beautiful town.

Mercado do Peixe

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*While this walk cost $0, it was part of a 13 night cruise. Please refer to my Tripoto articles, Disney TransAtlantic Cruise Review and Whale Watching in the Azores, for more thorough analysis.

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