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Ponta Delgada is the historic maritime capital of the largest and most populated island of the Azores, Săo Miguel, known as the "green island" due to the miraculous transformation of a volcanic scenery into a staggering landscape of lush green woods and fields of diversified crops.

The capital of this garden-like island is lined with impressive Renaissance churches, convents and other monuments, noble mansions of basalt (a volcanic rock abundant in the city's architecture) and an excellent museum, the Museu Carlos Machado, lodged in the former monastery of Saint Andrew and reflecting Săo Miguel's natural history and its fishing and farming industries.

Ponta Delgada also provides an excellent starting point for tours along the rugged coast or to the crater lakes and steaming springs in the interior.

Of the county's sites, perhaps the most known is Caldeira das Sete Cidades ("Cauldron of the Seven Cities"), a giant volcanic crater with a 12 kilometre (7 miles) circumference and sheer walls rising above several lakes, of which the mnost beautiful are the Blue and Green lakes, with tranquil waters framed by hydrangeas.

The county has many idyllic sites for calm walks to admire spectacular views, but Ponta Delgada also offers the visitor facilities for big game fishing, sailing, rowing, canoeing, windsurf and jet-ski.

Isabel Joyce

Coliseum reopens after a face-lift

 PUBLISHED: 31/01/2005 

The Micaelense Coliseum at Ponta Delgada, the most important theatre of the Azores, reopened yesterday after 16 months of recovery works which required an investment of six million euros and were designed to restore the building to its original aspect.

An emblematic site of Ponta Delgada due to its historical value and importance for the city's cultural life, the theatre was inaugurated on the 10th of May 1917 and was built as a smaller replica of the Lisbon Coliseum.

Now, thanks to the construction of 16 new dressing-rooms and the works to renew the pit, stalls and balconies, the Coliseum, with 1,500 seats, is prepared to welcome all kinds of shows and initiatives.

The Ponta Delgada City Council wishes to integrate the theatre in the entertainment programmes of the Lisbon and Oporto coliseums, beginning next March with the opening of The Sleeping Beauty, by the Moscow Classic Ballet company

Synagogue to be restored

 PUBLISHED: 11/09/2004 

The synagogue of Ponta Delgada, which has remained dilapidated for several decades, may now finally be restored thanks to the appointment of a task commission in charge of recovering the temple which opened its doors to the faithful in 1836.

Now that the Hebrew community is commemorating hundred years of the Shaaré Tivka («Doors of Hope») synagogue in Lisbon, the conditions to recover the building, situated at the centre of the regional capital of the Azores, seem to be gathered as it has been finally declared to belong to the Jewish community of Lisbon, after several years of difficulties to register the property.

Thus, the community has appointed the working group, which includes members of the Patrimony Defence and Research Association, to start the process of recovering the oldest synagogue of Portugal after the Jews were expelled in the 15th century.