Ponta Delgada Volcano

A Day Trip or a few days along the way from island to island. Portugal is a beautiful magical place to enjoy all year long. From an over night crisp 67 Degrees to a warm and beachy 84 degrees the weather is always suitable for the volcanic hot springs or a nice swim in the ocean. There are many hotels and also private homes and rooms for rent. Night life is rich in entertainment from cocktail hour to dancing. Your choice of many restaurants throughout Porta Delgada.

Ponta Delgada
The center of the Baixa (Downtown) of Ponta Delgada, as seen from the city hall

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Ponta DelgadaLocation in the AzoresShow map of AzoresShow map of São MiguelShow all
Coordinates: 37°44′28″N 25°40′50″WCoordinates: 37°44′28″N 25°40′50″W
Country Portugal
Auton. regionAzores
IslandSão Miguel
EstablishedSettlement: c. 1450
Municipality: 2 April 1546
 • PresidentJosé Manuel Bolieiro
 • Total232.99 km2 (89.96 sq mi)
Elevation761 m (2,497 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total68,809
 • Density300/km2 (760/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−01:00/UTC±00:00
Postal code9504-523
Area code292
PatronSenhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
Local holidayMonday following the Sunday of festival of Senhor Santo Cristo

Ponta Delgada (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõtɐ ðɛlˈɣaðɐ] (listen); lit. ”Thin Cape”) is the largest municipality (concelho) and economic capital of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the archipelago. The population in 2011 was 68,809,[1] in an area of 232.99 square kilometres (89.96 square miles).[2] There are 17,629 residents in the three central civil parishes that comprise the historical city: São Pedro, São Sebastião, and São José.[1] Ponta Delgada became the region’s administrative capital under the revised constitution of 1976; the judiciary and Catholic see remained in the historical capital of Angra do Heroísmo while the Legislative Assembly of the Azores was established in Horta

The origin of the placename Ponta Delgada (Portuguese for delicate or thin point), was elaborated by the famous Portuguese chronicler, Father Gaspar Frutuoso, who wrote:

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 (Saint Clare of Assisi), which was named the Santa Clara point…

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