Secluded beach on the Ponta Delgada coast 

Ponta Delgada is a major city on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores archipelago. It is the administrative capital of the Azores, which are an autonomous region of Portugal. There is plenty to see in and around Ponta Delgada, including the fantastic architecture of the many religious buildings and the surrounding volcanic landscape, with its verdant mountains and magnificent lakes.

The Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean and have a generally warm and sunny climate, but are best seen in the summer months of June, July and August when high temperatures and long hours of sunshine are most assured. This is especially important when exploring the countryside surrounding the city, which is easily accessed when taking advantage of car hire in Ponta Delgada.

The main features are the volcanoes, including Agua de Pau Massif, which is well known for the lake in its crater. Throughout this region, the volcanic activity has resulted in a very green landscape, a rich variety of flora and fauna and highly enjoyable thermal springs. The climate is also ideal for spending some time on the beaches surrounding Ponta Delgada, the most popular of which are Praia das Malicias and Praia do Populo. You can also enjoy whale watching off the southern coast.

The city itself also has plenty to offer visitors and it is a popular tourist hotspot. Flights arrive at Airport Ponta Delgada (PDL) and then Ponta Delgada car hire allows travellers to immediately begin exploring the city. One of the main attractions is the Baixa, or downtown area, which has a large number of striking buildings and pleasant squares that can be explored both by car and on foot. The town hall, the Portas da Cidade and the church of Sao Sebastiao are all examples of the fascinating local architecture and are well worth a visit.

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