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Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores Islands and is located on the island of Sao Miguel. Roughly 50,000 people live in the urban area of this city.
Administratively, the municipality is composed of 24 parishes.
Ponta Delgada has a fairly consistent climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from around 17 °C during the day from January to March and around 25 °C from July to September. Nights range between 11 °C and 18 °C respectively for these periods. Precipitation averages around 1,000mm a year with nearly all of that falling between October and April. June to August is fairly dry.
|Avg Max||17 °C||16.8 °C||17.3 °C||18.1 °C||19.7 °C||21.8 °C||24.3 °C||25.6 °C||24.7 °C||22.1 °C||19.6 °C||17.9 °C|
|Avg Min||11.6 °C||11 °C||11.6 °C||12.1 °C||13.3 °C||15.4 °C||17.2 °C||18.4 °C||17.8 °C||15.9 °C||13.9 °C||12.6 °C|
|Rainfall||133.4 mm||107.3 mm||100.4 mm||72 mm||53.1 mm||36.7 mm||29.5 mm||38.4 mm||86.4 mm||112.6 mm||130.5 mm||126.8 mm|
João Paulo II Airport (PDL), 3 kilometres west of Ponta Delgada, is the busiest airport of the Azores. SATA International has flights to and from Amsterdam, Boston, Frankfurt, Funchal, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Montreal, Oslo, Porto and Toronto.
Several other airlines serve cities like Helsinki (Finnair), Amsterdam (Arkefly), Düsseldorf (Air Berlin and Lisbon (TAP Portugal).
SATA Air Açores flies to Corvo Island, Flores Island, Graciosa Island, Horta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pico Island, Santa Maria, São Jorge Island and Terceira.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre or hotels costs around €10 (including baggage).
In Ponta Delgada run mini buses on weekdays. 7:00 to 19:00. Line A runs in the western part of town, line B in the central / north, and line C in the east. There are bus services between Ponta Delgada and most towns on the island, but usually only a few times a day.
Taxis are cream colored. There are several taxi stations in Ponta Delgada, including at the city gate. Reception at the hotel will be happy to order a taxi directly to hotel. They do not run after the taximeter, but after constant prices. Always ask the driver about the price to the desired target before the tour starts.
Azores invite you to hike. There are good possibilities for excursions with English speaking local guides.
|Hotel Azores Vip Executive||Rotunda de São Gonçalo nº 131 – S. Pedro||Hotel||83|
|Hotel Talisman||Rua Marques da Praia Monforte 40||hotel||-|
|Residencial Sete Cidades Hotel||Rua do Contador, 20||Hotel||80|
|Pousada de Ponta Delgada||R. S. Francisco Xavier, s/n - Ponta Delgada||HOSTEL||73|
|Casa do Rosario||Rua do Passal, 76 Ribeira Grande - Açores||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Unique Historic & Traditional Solar do Conde||Rua do Rosario 36||HOTEL||-|
|Vintage Place - Azorean Guest House||83-85 Rua de Santa Catarina Acores||Hostel||-|
|Dona Berta's House||Rua João Melo Abreu, 49 Agua de Moura||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B by Lapsa||Rua Pedro Homem Nr 68-A, Matriz||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Vintage Place - Azorean Guest House||Rua de Santa Catarina 83-85 São José||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Azores Vip Executive||Rotunda de São Gonçalo no 131 - S. Pedro||HOTEL||-|
|Residencial Sete Cidades||Rua do Contador 20||HOTEL||-|
Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.
Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.
CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.
as well as Sander (2%)
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