Lagoa das Sete Cidades
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Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

1. Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

The tour starts at our meeting point on the North Cost of São Miguel Island, where you will set off on your adventure. See breathtaking views of both the lakes and the sea. Drive along roads that offer great excitement and adrenaline. Visit Lagoa das Sete Cidades, the north ridge of the Sete Cidades crater, Miradouro e Lagoa do Canário, Vista do Rei, and the south ridge of the Sete Cidades crater. 

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São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

2. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

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São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

3. São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

Venture onto the Lake of Sete Cidades, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Savor breathtaking natural scenery aboard your canoe on a lake embedded in the crater of an amazing volcano. According to an ancient legend, this stunning lake was the result of a failed love story between a shepherd and a princess who were not meant to be together. The last time they met, the princess, who had blue eyes, cried so much that the Blue Lake was formed, while the shepherd's tears gave birth to the Green Lake. Admire the mystical colors of the 2 lakes located on the western part of São Miguel Island, and paddle your canoe out on the Blue Lake. Have fun canoeing for 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours, depending on the option selected.

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Sete Cidades: Paddle Board Rental

4. Sete Cidades: Paddle Board Rental

Originating in the Hawaiian Islands, the Ku Hoe He'e Nalu (Ku = standing, Hoe = Rowing, He'e = Surfing, Nalu = Wave), known worldwide as Stand Up Paddle, or simply SUP, is a great fitness exercise. Working the whole body, it especially stimulates balance and muscle development, in addition to giving you a connection with nature. In the calm water of Lagoa das Sete Cidades, you can use the paddle board whether on your knees or standing. Take your time and enjoy the outstanding views from the lakes to the verdant mountains.

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From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

5. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

Be picked up in your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head towards Sete Cidades. Once in Sete Cidades, start your adventure with a walking tour from Miradouro da Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Village. As you follow the walking trail, you’ll see views of the Green and Blue Lakes, Sete Cidades Village, Caldeira Seca, and Caldeira do Alferes. Stop at the Lomba do Vasco viewing point and see views of the northwest coast of São Miguel island. The walking tour will conclude at the village of Sete Cidades, where you can taste local products in a typical wood oven house. After your visit, you’ll head to the Blue and Green Lakes of Sete Cidades, where you’ll enjoy kayaking around the lakes. After kayaking, you’ll be driven back to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

6. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

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What people are saying about Lagoa das Sete Cidades

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

Amazing experience. Showed us around sete cicades did some stops along the way. Due to the bad weather for the afternoon and days after, Azores outdoor activities contacted us to move our excursion to a earlier time. Which worked out great!

This experience was literally to the sky and back! Amazing! Beautiful spots that can only be accessed with the Quads and beautiful breathtaking views of the island, the crater and the Ocean!

The activity was great! We’ve been driving on some awesome spots!!! It was really funny and the tour was really appropriate! Hope to do it again in the future!!

Highly recommended!! Amazing ride and excellent guide ;)