Ponta Delgada is the biggest municipality and administrative capital of Portugal's Autonomous Region of the Azores. It is situated on Sao Miguel Island, the most populous and largest in the archipelago. In 2011 the populationof Ponta Delgada was 68,800 in an area of 233 km2. There are 17,630 residents in the 3 central civil parishes which comprise the historical city: Sao Pedro, Sao Sebastiao, and Sao Jose. Ponta Delgada became the administrative capital of the region under revised constitution of 1976. Its judiciary and Catholic see remain in the historical capital Angra do Heroísmo, and Horta was the site where the Legislative Assembly of the Azores was founded.
Ponta Delgada is the centre of the annual religious celebrations that are associated with the Feast of Lord Holy Christ of the Miracles, in Campo de Sao Francisco (situated in front of Fort of Sao Bras). The time-honoured feast day occurs the 5th Sunday of Easter. It attracts locals and other member islands, as well as groups from within Portuguese diaspora and tourists, as it paralyzes the city streets.
One of the most popular non-religious events in Ponta Delgada is Noites de Verao (Nights of Summer). It is a summer event, that is normally held in the square of Campo do Sao Francisco, attracting family, friends and tourists, with a wealth of vendors selling refreshments, food, or small goods. This age-long festival features nightly musical events, from popular singers, folklore groups, concert bands, national and international stars. Noites de Verao is supported by the municipal government and usually starts in late June, as the "nights" run four months, until September.
Highlights: Sao Miguel Island, Town, Nostra Gardens, Fire Lake
Ponta Delgada cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Sao Miguel (Ilha de Sao Miguel) Azores dock (anchor) at Ponta Delgada - port town on the southeastern coast.
Port Ponta Delgada cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Ponta Delgada cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.
If you lose the Ponta Delgada location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
P&O Cruises' ship Azura was forced to extend her call in Ponta Delgarda, the Azores staying overnight and spending an extra port day...November 3, 2016
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