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From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

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.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

5. 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.

Sete Cidades: E-MTB Self Guided Tour

6. Sete Cidades: E-MTB Self Guided Tour

Take a better look at the best Sete Cidades has to offer with a self guided tour on an electric mountain bike. Get a quick safety briefing and a demonstration on how to use your e-bike and all its functions. Learn how to use your GPS tracker and map, then you are all set up and ready to go. Head over the bridge dividing Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon”) and Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon”) and enjoy the lakeside view going to the Peninsula and the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Bay of Silence“). Go back to the bridge along easy dirt tracks. Next, take a long and steep ascent on the main road, along which you can stop at the viewpoints of Lagoa de Santiago (“Santiago Lagoon“) and Cerrado das Freiras. Continue onwards and upwards, reaching Vista do Rei (“King’s View Viewpoint“) for a magnificent view of the lagoons below. A more adventurous trail lies ahead, taking you along Cumeeira Pequena (“Small Summit Rim“) on a graveled road. Pass Lomba do Vasco viewpoint and finish the tour down through the heart of the village, passing The Church of Sao Nicolau leading you back to Lagoa Azul.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Kayak & Bike Adventure

7. 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.

São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Ferraria Tour with Lunch

8. São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Ferraria Tour with Lunch

Venture to village of village of Sete Cidades which is nestled in a volcanic crater on this van tour on São Miguel. Enjoy this scenic location with a picnic lunch and the provided hiking poles and snorkeling masks. Hike to a viewpoint and take a relaxing dip in the natural thermal pool at Ferraria. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the drive to quaint village of Sete Cidades. Have the option to venture out onto the calm waters of the twin lakes with a stand up paddle board rental, or rent an e-bike for ride along the banks. Make your way to the crater rim with a hiking trip to the Vista do Rei viewpoint which has panoramic views of the crater and the surrounding area. Stroll through Lagoa do Canario Park and take a look out over Boca D’Inferno. Savor a delicious picnic lunch in a natural setting. Finish your tour with a relaxing dip in the thermal waters of the natural pool of Ferraria. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Bike Rental

9. São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Bike Rental

Rent your bike and set out on a fun-filled day exploring Sete Cidades. Discover several trails around the beautiful lakes. Ride your bikes to the Baía do Silêncio, Canto dos Carneiros, and more. You'll receive a recommended route that will take you through 16 kilometers/10 miles of cycling in Sete Cidades.

Sete Cidades: E-Bike Rental with GPS and Map Tour

10. Sete Cidades: E-Bike Rental with GPS and Map Tour

Discover impressive spots and wonderful panoramic views where most other vehicles cannot take you! With the freedom these self-guided E-Bike cycling tours offer, travel at your own pace and breathe the fresh air in the wonderful outdoors, passing through dirt roads, trails and parks with typical flora, fauna and geology of this region. Cycle through the quaint village and witness the local culture and traditions of this rural lifestyle. With different Itineraries to choose from, you’ll surely enjoy your ride through this emblematic location.

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What people are saying about Sete Cidades

We enjoyed our tour to see Sete Cidades. The countryside is beautiful on the way to the lakes. Due to an iffy weather forecast we were contacted about joining another tour one day earlier. We were able to make the change and appreciate the effort to help us have a good experience. We recommend booking this excursion early in your trip so there's time to adjust for bad weather. I had jacket with a hood which was helpful when the weather got windy and chilly as we gained altitude. We experienced almost all four seasons and a little drizzle on our ride but it was fun. Come prepared for rain and chill, there's room for your backpack on the lead vehicle. Sete Cidades was a bit overcast but we could still see the lakes, and driving around the crater rim is awesome. My husband and I each had our own Quad because I wanted to drive as well. Have fun!

THIS IS THE TOUR YOU MUST CHOOSE. Not only do you get amazing views, but get the liberating and fun opportunity to ride a quad through them. The instructor is amazing, he provides historical knowledge and makes you feel very comfortable. Whether it’s your first time or you ride quad often, you will love this event.

Our experience with Philip gave us the chance to see a lot while feeling some adrenaline. This guide was friendly and seem to enjoy showing us around. He explained clearly how to use the equipment before we started!

Stellar tour—great guide, amazing sights, and a little adrenaline!

Amazing trip. We saw so many places beautiful places