A Rainy Walk Through
Ponta Delgada, Azores
On our recent Disney TransAtlantic Cruise, after a week at sea, we stopped in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Enjoy over 30 photos that I took while on my rainy walk through town.
The volcanic islands lie 1000 miles from the coast of Europe. Everyone was excited to visit our first port.
Known for its natural beauty and whales, most cruise passengers, including us, chose to quickly leave the port, bypassing the town of Ponta Delgada.
We took a whale watching expedition that was amazing. Other passengers toured the lush green countryside with mountains, lakes, vistas, and sheep. Few stayed in town.
When we returned, clouds covered the sky. Rain gently fell. We still had a few hours left in port. A handful of us braved the elements and explored Ponta Delgada.
It was Sunday afternoon. Most shops were closed and streets were quiet.
I had no idea what idea what to expect, having seen only a handful of photos. My rainy walk through Ponta Delgada surprised and thrilled me. What a beautiful town!
With a map in hand, I explored the narrow streets. White washed buildings with dark wood trim wound up and down the hills.
Occasionally, light blue or yellow would gently stand out. Bright flowers, trees, and lush, green grass burst forth color onto the blank canvas.
Having not yet visited Andalusia, a town clad almost completely in white was a new experience which I loved.
My Tour of the Town
My photos lead you through my path. First, I headed for St. Peter Church, which I could see from our ship. Then, I walked to the City Gates. I passed by the courthouse and Church of Saint Sebastian, on my way to Antero de Quental Park.
Each stop and the in between provided picturesque settings. After leaving the park, I came upon the College Jesuit Church and Carlos Machado Museum.
I continued my loop through the winding streets, back towards the courthouse. All of the town that I saw was clean and well maintained. Finally, I passed along the docks and enjoyed views of the boats in the harbor
I walked approximately 1.6 miles through the gentle rain. I wish that there had been more time. My route only covered a portion of the town. Click here for a map of my route.
Ponta Delgada thoroughly impressed me. Clouds and rain could not dampen the experience. I hope to return and have more time to wander this beautiful town.
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