Ponta Delgada Weather December Averages, Azores
- Temperature 15°C 59°F
- High Temperature 17°C 63°F
- Low Temperature 12°C 54°F
- Day Temperature 16.5°C 62°F
- Night Temperature 15.6°C 60°F
- Sunshine Hours 5 hours
- Rainfall 124 mm
- Rainfall Days 17 days
- Sea Temperature 18°C 64°F
- Chance of Windy Day 50 %
Though December is the last month of the year, it is only the start of the winter weather in Ponta Delgada. Especially at the beginning of the month, there are still many of the brighter, warmer days of November left behind, until the colder, wetter climate starts to creep in.
By mid-December you can expect average temperatures of 15°C. And while this is not considered cold for December elsewhere, the temperature in Ponta Delgada only ever falls to an average of 13°C, even in the coldest month of the year. However average highs can be slightly warmer, offering conditions of up to 17°C, especially during the middle of the day.
Nights are a little cooler. The average low temperature in Ponta Delgada in December is usually around 12°C. However, as long as you have an extra layer to put on in the late evening, the climate should always be comfortable.
December also usually marks the end of the hurricane season in this part of the Azores. And though Ponta Delgada is very unlikely to be directly hit by a hurricane at any time of the year, the weather in December can still be far more consistent than in the few months that have come before.
Winters across Sao Miguel is traditionally wet, although December is usually a little drier than the previous month. In Ponta Delgada, it is likely that there will be around 124mm of rainfall across approximately 17 days in December. This means you do need to be prepared for some wet weather, no matter how long you choose to stay.
But Ponta Delgada is still very beautiful at this time of the year. The vegetation is luscious and an average 5 hours of daily sunshine usually mean there is plenty of time to enjoy it. Even over the Christmas period, this is a beautiful destination, just be prepared for some rain.
Where to Stay
The Hotel Ponta Delgada offers great value throughout the year. But their rates during the winter months are particularly attractive. For the best value, contact the hotel directly and negotiate the terms of the stay. Then you can enjoy their congenial hospitality and incredible views for the best possible price. Continue your money saving theme by enjoying drinks in the bar, which can be far cheaper than those in the surrounding bars and restaurants. And as the hotel is located right next to the city gates, you won't even need to hire a care. Many of the rooms have been recently renovated, so request one for the best décor. You then have everything you need for a fabulous winter break on a budget.
There are only 9 rooms at the Residencial Carvalho Araujo which ensures this three star hotel is very personable. But just because it is small, there is no compromise on quality. The double, twin or single rooms are all of a reasonable size and maintained to a very high standard. Booking is flexible, so it doesn't matter whether you want to stay for one night or a whole month, your requirements can usually be accommodated. A living and dining area are also available for the guests to use. But as this family run establishment is situated in the centre of the city, there are plenty of local bars, restaurants and cafes nearby.
Though 1ofusHostel is a hostel, it feels like a home away from home. You will be warmly welcomed by very friendly staff who will help you settle in and make the very most of your stay. As with most hostels in Ponta Delgada, the rooms are maintained to an exceptional standard, but prices are still very competitive. All the public areas and the spacious rooms are well furnished. And the kitchen has everything you would need to fully cater for any sized group. Duvets and towels come free of charge. And as the location is convenient for every type of activity, you really couldn't ask for anything more.
Restaurants and Nightlife
The very welcoming Adega Regional is a great place to take the entire family. This is a very homely restaurant which offers a good selection of fresh fish with plenty of nice wines to go with it. For the most local flavour, opt for the house wine which comes directly from the vineyard on the island of Pico. The portions are very generous and the prices make you want to come here again and again. Though not a high brow restaurant with sparkling finish, the Adega Regional is a great place to come for a lunch or quick dinner. It is comfortable, welcoming and the food is divine.
For something a bit out of the ordinary in the Azores, book a table at Let's Go Mexican Food. As the name suggests, there is no traditional Portuguese fare in this lively restaurant. Instead it's Mexican all the way. This small, bright yellow establishment is full of life, even in the middle of December and offers their own unique slant on Mexican favourites. From Burritos and Nachos to Gorditas, every dish is freshly made, and you can really taste it. Add some spice for a great way to warm up on a cooler December day. And wash it down with a deliciously blended mojito, just like the Mexicans would!
When you want to stop for a spot of lunch in Ponta Delgada, Cafe Mascote is a great place to choose. This simple café offers some exceptional food, and the prices are very reasonable too. Every dish can be ordered in a half size for children or those that want a smaller snack. Or simply order drinks and tapas for a great way to refill. Sit back with their signature coffee and watch the world go by. All the ingredients are fresh and the beer is ice cold. It's the perfect interlude on any day in Ponta Delgada.
Things to Do
Even in the middle of winter you can still swim outdoors in Ponta Delgada thanks to the beautiful Furnas at Parque Terra Rostra. These naturally warm springs are said to have therapeutic powers, making them ideal for everyone to take a dip. There is a small charge for entry, but the effect of the water can be life altering. Even if you don't hire a car, the public bus will take you right to the spot, ensuring locals and visitors alike all get to enjoy this natural phenomenon.
For something a little more hair-raising, why not try and catch your own dinner on an open water fishing trip. The team at Azores Sport Fishing give you the opportunity to try your hand at line fishing, game fishing or spear fishing and come back with some remarkable trophies. There is even the opportunity to try your hand at fresh water fishing, catching Carp, Pike and Trout as part of your trip. Choose from a full day or half day adventure aboard one of their well-equipped ships, and feel the exhilaration of a completely different way to spend time in the Azores.
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