Portas da Cidade

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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,531 contributions
Nov 2019
Yes, go there at night if at all possible. You'll have a very different feel of the city gates when the lights lit up. Making the place totally romantic and pretty. It's also very quiet because most of the shops would be closed leaving only a few gift shops, bars and restaurants opened at that hour.
Written March 13, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,632 contributions
Jan 2020
Three high arches, built in 1783, are a symbol of the city, welcoming guests. Visitors to the island used to arrive at San Miguel by ship, not by plane, so the city gate stood on the waterfront. When the Avenida Infante D. Henrique was opened after world war II, the gate was dismantled and re-erected in 1952, 30 meters to the West, in the center of the Gonçalo Velho square. A statue of Gonçalo Velho Cabral himself stands in front of the gate. This Portuguese Navigator, who "rediscovered" San Miguel and Santa Maria, became the discoverer of the rest of the Azores.
Written December 23, 2020
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Daniel M
Ponta Delgada, Portugal718 contributions
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, UK1,036 contributions
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
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, Australia968 contributions
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
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
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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Jack E
West Palm Beach, FL131 contributions
May 2019
on a sunny day the plaza offers a scenic stroll for cruise ship passengers. a brief photo opp of the nearby fort and marina and a return loop down one of the several side streets back to the terminal for maybe a little shopping or coffee break. there are 1/2 day tours around the island if this is your first time visiting Ponta Delgado. we werer lucky and the weather was sunny. the views from the overlook were nice also
Written May 26, 2019
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monaHungary
Piliscsaba, Hungary961 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Personally I love this architecture a lot one can see everywhere in the islands! White walls decorated with brownish stones.
A quick stop here to make some photos both during the daylight and the evening hours is highly recommended.
Written May 27, 2018
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