I will be arriving in Ponta Delgada on April 6, 2014 and would like to know if there are any locals that can speak English and would be willing to take my wife on a tour for a reasonable price to see the main points of interest. In addition, I would also like to be taken to a records office to look for potential relatives. All my great grandparents were born in the Azores on my mother's side. I know the Machado one came from Terceira, the Cunha (or da Cuhna) from Graciosa, but my great grandmother who married Manuel Cunha, Mary Josephine Coelho Ramos born 11 Aug 1866 might have come from Sao Miguel. I would like to look into it if possible. Any help would be appreciated for the tour and possible records office. Thank you.
night life on the island ?
Is there nude beaches/ where at? Thanks!
I would like to know how to get to lagoa do fogo by bus from ponta delgada ?
Stopping in Ponta Delgada with a cruise in October. Cannot find info anywhere about wheelchair access either to Toilets, Public transport or Whale watching boats. Anyone know anything about accessability on the island?
Are there any yarn (wool) shops in ponta delgada?
Hi all, my husband and I & our two young kids are planning on moving to PD late summer, I have a job offer and my husband will look for work in the next year/two...we are getting cold feet however that we are insane for moving to a country with such a struggling economy. My husband & kids hold Portuguese passports. Is the economy in Ponta Delgada as bad as the continental Portuguese cities? It's our dream to live there & raise our kids but is this the worst time? Thanks so much all
We are considering a holiday to the Azores in early August and the hotel options are: Hotel Royal Garden, Hotel Vila Nova and Hotel Sao Miguel Park. I would be interested in any opinions about these places. We are looking for a quiet relaxing place - not a hotel full of loud tourists. Normally we would not book August - but it is a special birthday for my hubby.
Also any opinions about Sao Miguel would be welcome.
Thanks in advance for any tips :-)
Are there any hiking trails near Ribeira Grande that are not too difficult and afford great views of the ocean. Also I will be taking the bus from Ponta Delgada. Do they run frequently?
Is there a airport shuttle bus from Terceira airport to Angra do Heroismo? How much would a taxi cost to do this trip?
Me and a friend of my plan to visit the island pretty soon (backpacking / hiking trip).
-Can someone recommend a simple place to stay in after the flight near the airport/Lajes?
-Is there a tourist information office in Praia? Are there maps of Azores in English?
-What are the prices like for basic foods, such as bottled water, bread, canned food?
- Any general tips?
Thanks in advance,
A friend of mine in Providence, Rhode Island (USA) told me there is a non stop flight from either Boston or Providence to Ponta Delgada. I have not had much success locating flights to Sao Miguel. It is a 4 hour flight from the East Coast of the USA to Sao Miguel...yet I'm seeing flights from Boston to MUNICH (!!!), then to Lisbon, then to Sao Miguel. Does anyone know anything about the airlines that serve Sao Miguel? Thanks!
Hi, does anyone have the web address for CRP Bus Company in the Azores? Avieira says download files for a complete timetable but there is no file to download! Thank you.
We will be taking a cruise in April and one of the stops in Ponta Delgada. Do we need to take a cruise side trip or are there many things to see close to where the ships dock?
Is it true that there is no any public transport on Azores? My friend advises me no to go unless I can hire a car. Unfortunately I haven't got even a driving licence. What shall I do? I was thinking to fly to Ponta Delgada and take some trips by bus. Mainly I would like to hike. I would be grateful for your tips.
We will be arriving on a cruise ship in early November with a ton of laundry. We would love to do it ourselves at a self serve laundromat while we enjoy an egg pastry and a cappucino at one of the many wonderful cafes.
Is there a laundry near the port?
Arriving Sunday, October 30, 2011, from 10:00 to 18:00. I would prefer a quick visit to Sete Cidades for the scenery followed by a meal of local cuisine in Porta Delgada and then a little casual in-town pedestrian tourism, but I read that October weather is likely to obscure the views. I also read that most shops and restaurant are closed on Sunday. This is disappointing. Any suggestions?
We are coming on a cruise to Punta Delgada and were wondering if it is worth taking a tour or if we can see all that needs to be seen by taking a Taxi or just walking downtown.
We arrive by cruise ship and this is our first stop. We are taking a taxi tour with a small group and need to get Euros to pay for the tour. Is there an ATM right at the dock We do not want to ask to take time from tour to go to ATM, so hope there is an ATM as we get off the ship. Could someone please confirm where to find the nearesst ATM at the dock.
Thank you for your help.
Arriving mid May, is there enough to do in Sao Miguel? Should we consider going anywhere else? Has anyone stayed at Quinta De Terca? Any other suggestions for a B&B?
Not sure how long we will be in port, but I need to find something to do and would prefer to use a local service rather than the one provided by the ship
What do you suggest for such a short time in port. We prefer not to book through the ship. Five hours Ponta Delgada Celebrity Cruise Solstice
Lisbon 6 hrs Cadiz 7 hrs Malaga 10 hrs
Hello to all
I am thinking to reserve some nights in this Hotel, in next week.
But i have some questions...
It's situated in "Travessa de S. Francisco,2 - Santa Cruz". Is it a quiet place?? (for the pictures i saw it seems to me that the place is very noisy)
And what about parking the car??? It's easy??
I saw in the pictures of the website that are a coffe shop in the first floor of the Hotel, am i right??
Thanks in advance for all the information.
Hi to all, and thanks in advance for always being so helpful to virtual-tourists! This time, my summer's holidays will be in the Azores, and I'll begin my visit with the island of Sao Miguel.
I'm trying to planning everything by myself in advance, cause I prefer the excitement of a self-arranged trip to the standard "you sit there and do nothing while we organize all for you" packets offered by travel angecies.
So, my question is very simple. I'm planning to spend at least one day of my whole stay in the Azores at the beach. This is something I don't wanna miss. I was thinking about Ribeira Quente Praia, that looks very impressive and very beautiful, but since I'll stay in Ponta Delgada I need to travel a bit. What would you suggest me to reach the Praia? If your advice is to go by taxi, could you please almost indicate me what could be a fair price to pay for the journey? How much do I have to expect to pay?
Any suggestion is appreciated. Thank you very much!!
I'll post this in the AQzopres forum too, but I thought you lot might be interested.
My Dad was posted to the Azores in WW11, as part of the secret 'Operation Alacrity', in his role in the 'I Corps', the Intelligence Corps.
My sister and I have always wanted to go there, in his memory.Before he joined up he'd been living ion Brazil for 21 years, so his Portuguese ensured he was part of this operation.
He'd been trained at an Army camp in Yorkshire, at Wentworth, where he'd met Mum at one of the dances. They got engaged then he was posted to the Azores!
My niece has decided to treat my sister to the air fare for her 60th birthday- which was the day before my 63rd and the plan is that we'll go together.
So- I've been researching how to get there and where to stay.
It IS a LONG way!My niece and I, between us have found very reasonable fares, for late April or mid May. I've found a lovely hotel, also very reasonably priced, on the island of Terceira, where Dad lived, for 3 years.It's on the beach at Praia da Vitoria.He was based at the joint US and English Army camp at Lajes Field.
I just wish I'd listened to Dad when he tried to teach me Portuguese, when I was a kid!It's a beautiful language.
I've just had a fabulous day trip to Calais, with fellow VTers( and packed so much in, we felt we'd been away for a week!) and I'm going to Lille with sis on the 18th December, for the Christmas markets---so--it's busy, busy, busy!
My head is spinning with arrangements!
i am trying to find out the timetable for the Transmaçor ferries in January. On their website transmacor.pt they have posted their winter timetable, which always used to be valid from October to May, but this year it says explicitly that it is only valid until 31 December 09. I need to know the times in January too though to plan my itinerary! I have emailed them but have received no answer, and any Google search i tried failed to deliver. Does anybody know how i could obtain the information. I would be most grateful for any advice!
We are staying 1 weekn in Azores at P.D (Sao Miguel) and would like to see whale watching or dolphines. Is that possible to do from P.D island and who organises those trips? What is the estimate cost of it?
How easy is it to get a taxi for sightseeing at the cruise ship arrival point? My husband and I would like to see as much as possible in very limited time. We arrive on September 30th at midday and depart again at 23.00hrs.What sort of price would we be looking at for per hour? Sylvia
We're plotting a secret surprise for my sister's 60th birthday. Our Dad was stationed on the island during the War and we'dlike to go there for sentimental reasons.
I've found a hotel in Praia and was wondering if anyone has knowledge of it.
It will be very difficult to get there from UK, but we'll attempt it!It'll be a long flight, stopping off at Lisbon...
I have to choose between "residencialcasadojardim" and "residencial carvalho araujo"...
Anyone had stayed in one of those???
And how much is a taxi jouney for 2 people plus baggage from airport to these Hotels??
Thanks in advance.