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The city gate doesn't look like much defensively, more like a decoration. With the church in the background it makes a great picture. The square is surrounded by a large number of restaurants, coffee shops and stores. I guess it's the centre of town
We passed this "portas" by luck when we were walking through the harbour area of Ponta Delgada. From our perspective a must to stop for a while and appreciate the feeling of this area where you can leave in all directions.
What a lovely square both night and day. Lovely buildings surround the square of much interest whilst retaining a quiet charm. But then in the evening watch the brass band with 4 piece rock band and what a great nights entertainment and for free !...More
We were surprised to see how Ponta Delgada actually is a full scale city by all means. You can experience the best of urban life at nights and at the same time see some of the most spectacular nature in the daytime. A good place...More
Reading about the city and the island of Sao Miguel before trip to Azores chances are everybody stumbles upon the images of Portas da Cidade and its history . But to see it in person is such a thrill! Great photo opportunity, a real symbol...More
This is actually where ships entered and parted the city. The great immigration back affected the population in the 1950-1960’s, families left their loved ones in search for a better life from this point.