Best Ponta Delgada Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Ponta Delgada

Best Ponta Delgada Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Kezzar
    Peterborough, UK32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The drive to the thermal pools is not for the faint hearted! Part of the way is a dirt track and we worried our little car wouldn’t make it. If possible go the long route round! The chicane travelling to the beach and back up is also pretty scary but it is worth it. We went at 10am and at first there were very few people, but when we left at 11am it was getting busy. The sea is so cold you can hardly believe it will be warm, but it was like a hot bath, even too hot in some spots! The ladder down is steep but short. I would advise beach shoes but plenty didn’t use them. Hold onto the rope once you’re inside as it can get quite choppy, but what an amazing experience! There are changing rooms next to the car park - we will definitely go back!
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Sandra M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took the full day west sao miguel tour on may 9th with nuno.
    He was informative,engaging and humorous.
    He gave us time to explore on our own and also asked us what we were interested in.
    His love and respect for the island was evident.
    We saw so much in one day and learned about the culture, the people and the ecology.
    My only complaint was the lunch buffet except the desserts.
    You will not be disappointed in the tour.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Mike K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our driver, GUI, was very informative and courteous. He made sure we were safe and our personal items were secure. Not an adventure for the faint hearted, this is a true 4x4 experience!!!
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Lior
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First of all, the company's service is great- they answered on WhatsApp very quickly every time we needed, even for the smallest things. The tour had an amazing view and was super fun. As someone who's not doing extreme sports I can say it fits all, even kids. Our guide Zé and Carlos were very friendly and know how to encourage you and make you feel the safest with equipment and instructions, plus they were great with the kids in our group who enjoyed too. They also take great pictures😎 100% recommend!
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • plato1234
    Ottawa33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our half day tour which included a visit to the tea plantaion was excellent but ended up as a whole day tour, and we had to request an early return to the ship or it would have gone on a lot longer. Our driver and guide was Cesar and he knew everything about the island and every one on it, it seemed.
    We were two couples in a Merceded Sprinter and the tour was significantly less expensive than the Celebrity Cruise offering of something similar, but was probably a mush better tour with a local guide and a group of four that made the tour quite personal. Overall one of the best excusrsions we have ever been on, and one that made us really feel like visiting the island of Sao Miguel again.
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • Josh F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rui, we are so grateful for everything you have done for our family during our three days together. Your punctuality and flexibility in adjusting to the unpredictable weather of Sao Miguel were truly impressive. Despite the rain and clouds, you were able to adapt on the spot and ensure that our group of 7 had a fantastic day. Every place Rui takes you is a unique and unforgettable experience, making it the highlight of your trip. We will definitely return for more tours with Rui to explore all that Sao Miguel has to offer!
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, UK638 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had three tours with Pedro and Tiago, a full day Furnas Valley Excursion, a half day Lagoa do Fogo excursion and a half day Sete Cidades excursion. We were with Pedro for one and Tiago (Pedro's nephew) for the other two. There were all amazing tours with guides who clearly love the Azores and love their work. They were very informative and humorous and went out of their way to ensure we all had a great time. We can't recommend Pedro Ferreira Azores Tours enough, great people and great tours - highly recommended. Thank you both for the memories.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • CCnyc_11
    New York City, NY3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked 4 private van outings with Azores Trails of Nature, as we were traveling with our young child and could not go on long hikes. It ended up being a lovely way to see Sao Miguel, without having to worry about driving or planning our excursions. Our guide Rui was lovely - informative, warm and accommodating. For example, on our last outing to Nordeste, it happened to be a cloudless day, so we decided to revisit Lagoa do Fogo, which had been very overcast the first time. Rui reworked our itinerary on the spot. He also very kindly drove back to our apartment after we in advertently left our son's goggles in the car -- we arrived home after a meal to see the goggles hanging from the doorknob. It was a very thoughtful and appreciated gesture. We had a wonderful time and are already thinking about when we can return!
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • Jean C
    Modbury, Devon87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I highly recommend this company. Ricardo was our guide and took us to some stunning places. The crater lakes and surrounding coast were wonderful. Really great tour.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Charles M
    Perros-Guirec, France143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jose is a driving bundle of knowledge, constant offload of knowledge from geography, history and impacting politics. And ask in English. A gorgeous route with so many impressive routes that most should avoid, amazing photo moments and the perfect way to spend a long morning (finished 13:30). HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Margarida B
    Ponta Delgada, Portugal3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip was excelent, we had the oportunity of swiming at high sea, the most amazing experience. Captain Luís and the crew members made us feel safe and our group had a really good time together relaxing. to repeat!!
    Written 18 July 2021
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  • outlaws_2000
    Limassol City, Cyprus682 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had to book the last minute as our plans had changed, and contacted Azores Best Tours & Transfers on the night before our tour and Nicolas was able to provide immediate service for private tours to the areas we were interested in. He immediately gained our trust with his approach. We are so glad I contacted and selected them.
    Our driver Flavio was amazing, professional, kind, talkative enough for our style and flexible. Thank you so much Flavio, you've made our trip to Ponta Delgada memorable!
    Highly recommended, do not hesitate.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • BramblerJohn
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Myself and 14yr old son had a great time fishing along the coast. Neither of us had been sea fishing before. My son caught 4 fish which was great. We also got to take home the three trigger fish, freshly filleted and ready to cook. Yum!
    Written 14 August 2018
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