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Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

1. Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

On this full-day tour, visit the Sete Cidades Massif, a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows, and an area very popular for its lakes and surrounding hills. Departing from Ponta Delgada, travel up the mountain top that forms the caldera of a volcano where the lakes are located. Additionally, you will visit Empadadas and Carvão lakes, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of untouched nature. Learn more about how volcanic activity formed the landscape. At lunchtime, stop off at a typical restaurant in the village of Sete CIdades, where you will eat a traditional meal. Then continue on, passing Vista do Rei, one of the island's top tourist destinations. Next, head to the Mosteiros, famous for its natural swimming pools, fishing harbor, and sandy beach of black basalt. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you will also see the hot bathing spots caused by fumaroles on the coast.

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São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

2. 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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From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Kayak & Bike Adventure

3. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Kayak & Bike Adventure

Get picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada or make your own way to Lagoa das Sete Cidades, one of the most beautiful lakes on the island. For those who choose pickup, stop by the Vista do Rei viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic views. Start your cycling and kayaking trip at the activity center on the lakeshore. Paddle across the crystal clear lake on a kayak and admire the beautiful surroundings from the water. Afterwards, pedal through this beautiful region on a bike. Discover the area on a self-guided tour, or select the guided tour option to explore with an expert guide. This fun and active trip is perfect for adventure lovers.

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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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Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

6. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

Explore Sete Cidades and the Vista do Rei on this full-day guided tour. Begin bright and early for plenty of time to take in panoramic views, relax in thermal baths and try local liqueur. Depart from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head north to start your adventure. Pass by multiple viewpoints located at Pico do Carvão, Lagoa do Canário, Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei. Enjoy views over the two volcanic crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and visit the parish located between the lakes. After lunch, visit the Vieira Ceramics Factory located in the city of Lagoa. Then go to the viewpoint at the top of Lagoa do Fogo, for stunning views over the lake. On the journey down the mountain, stop to enjoy the thermal baths in Caldeira Velha. Next, visit the Mulher do Capote factory, and taste Portuguese liqueurs. Continue to Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande. To conclude the trip, visit the pineapple plantation located at Fajã de Baixo in Ponta Delgada, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Lagoa das Sete Cidades

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

A super great day booked through “get your guide” Juan (Hans) our guide was absolutely great. Not only is he a linguistic genius, he told us a lot about his country and its culture and showed us unusually beautiful places that we would never have seen alone. Always having fun with all of this. Our recommendation books Hans and you will experience an unforgettable day.

The hostess was super helpful and flexible, letting us delay the activity for the time being. The tour itself was spectacular, with breathtaking views and peaceful, relaxed surroundings. At the end of the tour we had a conversation with another host, who recommended several places outside the traditional tourist route.

Phillip (Felipe) was very knowledgeable with respect to driving us to remote areas, providing insight re: various flora (trees, shrubs, etc.) imported to Sao Miguel, and info about various towns and locations we visited, e.g. Misteiros, Sete Cidades, and crests of mountains. We had a GREAT TIME!!

The guy who attended us was very kind and friendly. We were very happy because there was punctual delivery of the canoe. They were dry and clean. I recommend 100%!

Really wonderful kayaking in an incredible setting. Highly professional operation and extremely accommodating when we arrived late due to some poor navigation!