Portas da Cidade
Portas da Cidade
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ErrolFrancis
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Spent 5 nights in Ponta Delgada in a 4 bedroom penthouse condo in a great neighbourhood, walking distance to bakeries, grocery store and the city centre.
Found the city very clean, very conscious of recycling, compost and garbage collections. Toured the whole island and had a great time. Food was excellent at all restaurants--inexpensive
Written September 29, 2022
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margarida n
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I have visited Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel island last November and was very disappointed in general.
Admittedly, this is an old town but it was very rundown and the streets were littered with rubbish as the bins are not cleared every day.

It certainly needs money spending and a "facelift" if it wants to attract many tourists and become a major destination in the area
Written September 23, 2022
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Raimonds R
Riga, Latvia550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Very nice historic place, at day and night time. Great place for walking, resting, etc. In Ponta Delgada city center. Good acess from all places. No dislikes, liked everything.
Written April 7, 2022
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Daniel M
Ponta Delgada, Portugal724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
That’s the place your visit in SAO
Miguel must start😊 seat, design your plan on the map (turístic office 50m beside)... and for sure you will never forget 😊
Written November 24, 2019
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B M
Great Yarmouth, UK1,071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
We were only in this magnificent city for the day , sight seeing, it is very historical in and around the main gate area of the city. There's a must visit church in the square, very tranquil once inside. After, we enjoyed a coffee in the cafe opposite. There's a good mixture of independent shops and cafes in this area. On the waterfront, we enjoy a walk along the promenade/marina, again there's cafes and restaurants. There's also a tourist office, banks for changing money. There's some cobles streets in the main parts of the centre, up to you! but I'd sudjest you might wear sensible footwear!!!. Or if your not up to walking, there's a mini tourist train, not sure of the cost!! Have a great trip and enjoyable day as we did; and if you've found this review helpful, I'd appreciate your tick, thanks. BM
Written February 9, 2018
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bess1946
Carrollton, Texas, USA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The location at the harbor front in the center of Ponta Delgada is perfect for sightseeing. With its striking black basalt trim and whitewash walled arches located on a cobblestone plaza also decorated in black and white geometric designed stones, the City Gates are a photo opportunity not to be missed. With one a 3 block radius of that City Gates is the famous San Sebastian Church, museums, city hall, the harbor front where cruise ship docks, shopping, etc. The architecture is unique. This island is so incredible. It is the best kept secret in international travel!
Written September 18, 2013
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mccorquinn
Gold Coast, Australia1,025 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The "City Gates" are three arches erected in the Eighteenth Century to act, as it were, as the formal entrance to the city of Ponta Delgada, the largest city on the island of Sao Miguel and now the administrative capital of the Azores. The gates are formal and decorative only, with barred gates inserted below the arches leading to downtown ("Baixa") centre. The gates front a delightful mosaic-square in contrasting black and white-patterned cobblestones surrounding a square and the majestic "Matriz" Church ("Matriz de Sao Sebastiao"), built in the Manueline style. The arches are easily accessed from the esplanade parallelling the waterfront of the main port, and about 200 metres from the modern restaurant-heavy cruise ship terminal terminal. The arches themselves have an ecclesiastical counterpart in the form of the facade of the St Francesco church in Macau, another delightful part of the former Portuguese overseas possessions.
Written October 6, 2013
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MickyC-AUS
Melbourne, Australia738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
Ponta Delgada is a truly stunning old town. Portas da Cidade is an amazing town square area where the gates take pride of place. Don't stop here though, explore the amazing streets and lanes of the old town, built on a picturesque harbor with its beautiful architecture, quaint shops and areas to sit and watch the locals go about their business. Have a meal or a drink in one of the many local establishments, choose an outdoor table, and pick up a souveneir or two of your visit from one the friendly local stores. Find a spot down on the harbor and just sit, gaze and relax!
Written January 6, 2018
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Luis T
Joao do Estoril, Portugal22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Nothing much to see. Its right in the middle of the city close to the church and many restaurantes. Avoid the "Café Central" nearby which is a "turist trap" - Expensive, not that good service and smelly bathrooms.
Written April 5, 2015
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Naila A
Lisbon, Portugal151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Business
What a quaint downtown ! Love the architecture . Parking was easy. Very well kept streets . Lot of restaurants and shopping nearby.
Written November 13, 2020
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