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Praca Goncalo Velho, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-063, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank HCovik
Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

Thank Gerhard M
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must see when you are in Ponta Delgada. You dont even have a chance to not visit it. Take a nice pictures, enjoy the religious athmosphere from around and take a breath in nearby cafes/gelaterias.

Thank Departure731456
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank gibsonwushu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to people watch and surprisingly quiet and peaceful for what is effectively a town square.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There much to see and do in the area and place to return to any time in your visit to Ponta Delgada. Shop, places to eat, living history and it's right by the port too

Thank KeithAlbany_NY
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

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.

Thank CuisineMonger
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Beautiful architecture! We were able to walk there from our hotel. Nice place to people watch also..

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