Ponta Delgada is the largest municipality and administrative capital of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on Sao Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the archipelago. This city of Ponta Delgada is named for its situation located along volcanic lands, thin and not too considerable like on other islands, that lead to the sea, and where later, was constructed the chapel of Santa Clara.
It was during the 19th Century, that the municipality experienced its greatest boost of economic activity, with the funnelling of citrus exports to United Kingdom and the growth of foreign-owned businesses in the historic center, many of them Jewish merchants after 1818. As with other centres across the archipelago, the town of Ponta Delgada experienced many of the trends common for the period, including the greening of the communities (with the construction of the gardens of Antonio Borges, Jose do Canto, Jacome Correia and the Viscount of Porto Formoso, which would become part of the University of the Azores), the construction of many of the ornate homes/estates, the clearing of animals from urban spaces, the opening of newer, larger, roadways, the moving of cemeteries to the periphery, and relocation of markets for fish, meat and fruits. Due to these changes, and growth of the mercantile class, Ponta Delgada became the third largest town in Portugal, in economic riches and the number of residents. The poet Bulhao Pato, writing of Ponta Delgada, was surprised by the extraordinary riches of the plantation owners, the "gentlemen farmers" that lived within the urbanized core: exporters of oranges and corn, bankers, investors, industrialists and shippers, all contributing to a privileged class of economic and social thinkers and philanthropists. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Ponta Delgadas position was relatively high (eighth largest), although the changing importance of rural economies steadily chipped-away at its growth. But, it remained the central place in the economy and hierarchy of the Azorean archipelago.
Most Viewed Things to Do in Ponta Delgada
- 1) Azorean Gift Shop
- 2) Parque Urbano
- 3) Church up on the hill
- 4) The three arches
- 5) University garden
- 6) Todos Santos
- 7) Igreja de Sao Jose
- 8) Enjoy the weather
- 9) Forte de Sao Bras
- 10) Jardim Antero de Quental
- 11) Jardim Antonio Borges
- 12) Military Museum of the Azores
- 13) Dolphin & Whale Watching Tours
- 14) Palacio de Santana
- 15) Paços do Concelho
- 16) City Hall Bell Tower (Torre Sineira)
- 17) Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança
- 18) Museu Carlos Machado
- 19) Visit the tobacco factory.