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Our most recommended Sete Cidades Day Trips to the Blue Cave

Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

1. Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

Drive a quad or ATV on this adventurous tour and experience the beauty of São Miguel Island. Reach the highest peaks of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades Volcano, dash along dirt roads, and absorb the incredible views of the lakes and ocean. Take the opportunity to visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye and enjoy both on-road and offroad moments. Expect adventure and stunning natural sights as your guides ensure your safety throughout the tour.

From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

2. From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

Your tour starts at Ponta Delgada with a briefing about the vehicles and how to manage them. Then, set off to the lakes. During the climb there are amazing viewpoints from both sides of the island. Stop at Lagoa das Empadadas, for views over the volcanic cones to Ribeira Grande.  The adventure really begins at the off-road trail in Cumeeira, with amazing views over the volcano, the mountains, and the ocean. For lunch, enjoy a regional buffet and take some time to explore the village. The tour continues around the green and the blue lakes, with some explanations from the guide about area. Then it's time to go up to the mountains to enjoy views over Lagoa do Santiago, Cerrado das Freiras, and Vista do Rei. For those who just want to drive an all-terrain quad, and for those who want to explore the natural beauty of this region, you will certainly find the adventure you are looking for.

Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. 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.

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

4. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

5. Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

Set in the middle of a 3-mile (5-km) wide volcanic crater, Sete Cidades’ forest-blanketed slopes and lake scattered valleys are the ideal place for an off-road adventure. Explore the area with a local guide and make a special trip to Ponta da Ferraria, where thermal pools offer unique swimming chances (optional).

Sete Cidades: Paddle Board Rental

6. 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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What people are saying about Sete Cidades

It was our favorite tour on our week trip! The views around Sete Cidades was unbelievable. I would say it was the best way to view this part of the city from above and below. We were lucky to have had great weather. Also, Felipe was very sweet. He would always offer to take photos and share insight about the Sao miguel. I would just recommend wearing a banana as we were covered in dirt after.

Fantastic experience with wonderful natural views. Competent and understanding guide who takes care of everyone's best interests. A definite recommendation!

Super nice guide Always made sure that everyone is together and there are no problems. Explained everything really well. Great, big, big lap.

A great day we got to see so much we wouldn’t have been able to access on our own and Philip was a wonderful guide.

The splendor of the landscapes, the professionalism of the guide, the quality of the equipment.