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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 city itself has plenty to offer visitors and is a 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 by car or 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.
As well as collection at the airport, which is also known as Joao Paulo II Airport, visitors can opt to collect rental vehicles from one of the downtown locations in Ponta Delgada. Booking Ponta Delgada car rental online before you go gives you the flexibility to create your ideal trip, including car hire when and where you want it. You can also find the cheapest deals when you book in advance.
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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 of the island 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.
Agua de Pau’s lake is truly impressive, as is Furnas Lake, which is further east (it takes 40 minutes to drive to Furnas Lake from Ponta Delgada). There are many excellent accommodation options around here, including lake-side villas, while the lake’s hot springs, or “caldeiras”, provide geysers and traditional underground cooking spots.
Terra Nostra Park is just a few minutes beyond Furnas Lake. The diversity of the landscape, which includes tropical flowers, trees, lakes and thermal pools, often comes as a surprise to first-time visitors to the Azores.
A well-maintained road circles the entire island and you can make a wonderful lap of Sao Miguel in only three hours – though you won’t be able to resist a stop every now and then for delicious food, amazing ocean views and incredible natural scenes. Book car hire in Ponta Delgada and create your own impressions of this extraordinary destination.