Ponta Delgada Beaches – Sao Miguel, Azores

Ponta Delgada, the beautiful capital of Sao Miguel, has so much to offer. From medieval streets to a stunning waterfront, you’ll find plenty to do here. But many visitors wonder, are there also beaches in Ponta Delgada? The answer is both yes – and no. While Sao Miguel doesn’t have many sandy beaches, you will find plenty of designated swimming areas. Including one in Ponta Delgada. In addition, you can visit a small beach just a few minutes by car from the capital. Let’s take a look at Ponta Delgada Beaches and other swimming options.

Also read: A complete guide to Sao Miguel Azores.

A brunette woman walking towards the ocean in Sao Roque, Sao Miguel.
A swimming area near Ponta Delgada

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Swimming areas in Ponta Delgada

Unfortunately, there are no beaches in Ponta Delgada. However, there is one very close, so keep reading. In Ponta Delgada, on the other hand, you’ll find a beautiful swimming area and even a kid-friendly pool. To get to the swimming area walk from downtown towards the water. The pool area, called ” Piscinas do Pesqueiro, is a paid area. For only a few Euros a day you can spend hours in the uncrowded facility. The pool is a great option if you are traveling with a family. On the other hand

Additionally, the pool faces a designated swimming area. This area is free of charge to use, and lifeguards are on standby. The deeper waters here are crystal clear and safe to swim.

Ponda Delgada beaches - a swimming area and pool
Ponta Delgada swimming area, with the pool in the background.

The promenade area in Ponta Delgada hosts a wide variety of excellent restaurants. After the swim, consider walking here for lunch.

Ponta Delgada promenade area with boats.
Ponta Delgada promenade.

Also read: Bar Caloura, The Best Restaurant in Sao Miguel?

Beaches close to Ponta Delgada

Although there are no beaches in Ponta Delgada, you won’t have to drive far to find one. In fact, after only 15 minutes by car, you can visit the charming beachside town of Sao Roque. There is so much to do here, you can easily spend the day.

In Sao Roque, you’ll find several designated swimming areas and small beaches. One beach, facing Miradouro Do Ilheu, is a true stunner. This tiny volcanic sand beach is nestled by rock and protected from the wind.

Miradouro Do Ilheu viewpoint, and a beach on the right side.
Miradouro Do Ilheu viewpoint. And on the right side, a small volcanic sand beach.

Along the long promenade in Sao Rogue, lays a second designated swimming area. This one is not a beach, but instead, a pier that juts into the water.

Sao Roque swimming pier and bridge.
Sao Roque swimming area.

The promenade area in Sao Rogue is a great place to walk and bike. Along here you’ll find several restaurants and small cafes.

Sao Roque promenade and rocks along the water.
Sao Roque promenade.

Also read: Salto Do Prego, the stunning waterfalls.


Although you won’t find any beaches in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, you will find plenty of places to swim. Of course, the capital offers several enticing swimming areas. But so does Sao Roque, the town next door to Ponta Delgada.

A sea cliff in the ocean in Sao Roque, Sao Miguel.
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