Residing resplendently upon the idyllic Sao Miguel island, the cosmopolitan town of Ponta Delgada crackles with charisma and class. The classic and the contemporary combine with the town’s ancient architecture, cobbled streets and designer boutiques, all of which create an attractive array of style and sophistication. The island is home to some of Portugal’s most stunning scenery that is as dazzling as it is diverse; in a short and swift time, visitors can reach beautiful beaches, glittering lakes and mystical woodlands.
Surrounding the Ponta Delgada is a rich and remarkable array of natural phenomenon that demands attention and exploration. Venture to this ethereally beautiful landscape of the Lagoa do Fogo, a place whose hot springs bubble with mineral enriched waters. The dramatic volcanic landscapes creates a visual banquet of fascinating flora and fauna. Also here is the Gorreana tea Factory, an important industrial impetus whose tea is considered some of Europe’s finest.
Ponta Delgada is famed for its association with the colourful and kaleidoscopic festival of the Feast of Our Lord. These celebration occur around the fabulous and filigreed façade of the Convent of Our Lady, a serene sanctuary famed for its intricate and impressive interior. Gaze in wonder at prismatic stained glass windows and ecclesiastical extravagance before returning to the quaint cobbled streets of the Old Town.
The classy and cosmopolitan culture of the town also permeates its excellent epicurean scene; Boca de Cena restaurant maintains incredibly high culinary standards with its magnificent menu of Portuguese and internationally inspired dishes. Signature specialities include grilled tuna steak and succulent octopus, the flavours of which are maximised when accompanied by fine wines from the region. (Largo San Joao, No 4 Em Frente Ao, Portugal)