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Car in Ponta Delgada

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Car in Ponta Delgada


We are soon leaving for Sao Miguel for the first time. We are staying at Caloura Resort and have booked a rental car. We would like to visit Ponta Delgada during our stay - but is it difficult to get to Ponta Delgada by car? I mean, is there heavy traffic and many one-way streets in the city? Is it a parking-nightmare?

Would it be easier to take the bus from Caloura to the city centre?

We are travelling with a small baby, so we have to bring a pram.

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1. Re: Car in Ponta Delgada

Yes driving in and around the city can be a nightmare - narrow streets especially make it very difficult. But to take a bus from Coloura you need to walk up to Aqua de Pau and then there's the baby and the pram - what I would suggest is drive INTO Ponta Delgada which is easy enough to do and park in the undergroung parking garage under the Avenue down by the new cruise ship port complex. Then you can walk around Ponta Delgada which is a very walkable city and have your car to take back to Coloura in the garage. This way you won't have to worry about street parking and buying time in the meters and dealing with the city in a car. Everything is about a ten to 15 minute walk away.

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2. Re: Car in Ponta Delgada

Thanks for the tip :)

I can't wait to see if the island really is as beautiful as the pictures promise.

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3. Re: Car in Ponta Delgada

There is always another alternative like going by taxi in to the city. No worry to park the car, the taxi driver will take you to the exact place, that when you rent a car, you have to look at the map, where driving in the city doesn´t give you to much time to stop and see the map, and looking at the streets in some ares they are very narrow, where you can scratch the car. So these can be good reasons to go in the city by taxi!

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