Lagoa das Sete Cidades

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  • Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    1. Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Explore the volcanic landscape of the Sete Cidades, and the mountain scenery of the Lagoa do Fogo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Delgada. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive along a scenic road to the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Enjoy panoramic views of the blue and green waters of the two lakes in the crater of the Sete Cidades. Then, continue to different viewpoints before getting close to the banks of the twin lakes. Go to the Mata do Canário, and marvel at the unique flora of the natural park. Drive along the Pico do Carvão road past numerous small lakes, including the “Empadas Lakes.” Get multiple perspectives of the north and south shores of the island of São Miguel. Break for a lunch of typical Azorean food in a local restaurant in the city of Lagoa. Next, explore the city of Ribeira Grande with its unique historic center that dates from the 17th to 19th centuries....

    Excellent experience! Very knowledgeable and nice guide. The termal pools are gorgeous in a natural environment. Dinner with the 'cozido' from the 'caldeiras' in Lagoa das Furnas was delicious. A nice guided walk by the termal features on Furnas after dinner with a nice surprise at the end.

  • São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    2. São Miguel West Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Your guide, an expert in the history and nature of the Azores, will meet you at your accommodation at 09:00. On this 9-hour excursion you’ll head straight to Sete Cidades, enjoying amazing views of the island along the mountain road. Stop at the famous King's View, and take in the panorama appearing on many postcards of the Azores. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of smaller, little-known lakes of the area. After you visit a small town by the lake, the drive continues to the west coast of the island and the beautiful rocks of Mosteiros. In the afternoon, the itinerary starts off with a visit to Fogo Lake, the highest and most untouched of the large lakes of the Azores. Next is Caldeira Velha, a natural monument featuring lush vegetation and thermal activity. Continue to Ribeira Grande, the largest town on the north coast and see the most beautiful cliffs in São Miguel. Your last stop o...

    The tour was just wonderful! Our guide was super nice and we learned many interesting facts and stories about the island. Highly recommended!

  • Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

    3. 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. 

    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!

  • São Miguel West: Sete Cidades & Fogo Full-Day Tour and Lunch

    4. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades & Fogo Full-Day Tour and Lunch

    Starting at your hotel or accommodation between 9:00 and 9:20 AM, you will head to the pineapple greenhouse plantation for a unique visit. Then traveling the southern coast, toward Ponta Delgada to break at the Pico do Carvao viewpoint where you may admire the north and south coasts with its breathtaking scenery.  Continue to Canary Lake viewpoint to gaze upon the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Next, you will hit the road towards the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint of Azores and begin to drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small Santiago Lake. Stop at the Parish of Seven Cities, for a traditional lunch at a typical restaurant and take in the sense of peace and freshness this parish emits. Starter, main course, dessert and coffee drinks are included in this lunch. After lunch is tim...

    Well organized tour and good value for money. Luis was an excellent guide and the lunch buffet included was also very rich and decent.

  • From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

    5. 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.

    This tour was really fun, exceptionally beautiful, and full of adventure. We even got to ride our ATVs through a herd of cows coming down the road.

  • São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

    6. 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.

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

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

    7. 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 sto...

    This was a good tour, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is a full itinerary. Unfortunately we did not see everything that was advertised on the website for this tour.

  • Sao Miguel: Half-Day Furnas, Sete Cidades or Fogo Lake

    8. Sao Miguel: Half-Day Furnas, Sete Cidades or Fogo Lake

    Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring. You can choose from three tour options, each with its own destination: Sete Cidades, Furnas or Lagoa do Fogo. Half-day tour to Sete Cidades After exploring several lakes around the area, hop on an all-terrain ride for travel along the craters of Sete Cidades. Visit the small local parish. Half-day tour to Furnas Meet the most romantic town in Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water is neighbor to the fresh spring water inside a volcano. See vegetation and fumaroles competing. Enjoy Furnas lake shore (a small trail hike can be included if wanted) and see how a traditional Portuguese plate is done in Furnas. Half-day tour to Lagoa do Fogo Enjoy the natural blue hue of the natural reserve, Fogo Lake. Visit the Caldeira Velha with its hot waterfall and natural poo...

    amazing experience with a passionate guide that went out of his way to show us all the beautiful secrets of the island , and gave as an impromptu geography lesson of the azores... amazing stuff

  • Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

    9. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

    Start out in Ponta Delgada and head to the west side of the island and the Massif of Sete Cidades on this full-day 4WD safari. See where volcanic craters have given rise to numerous lakes, each with its own special beauty. You’ll see Empadadas Lake, Canário Lake, and the most-well known, Sete Cidades Lake, which has been classified one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. There are several viewpoints along the way, such as Carvão, Canário Lake, and Vista do Rei, where you’ll stop to admire the panoramas. Follow a dramatic dirt trail around the top of the volcano’s cone. From here, the sea is around 600 meters below on one side and the parish and lake is on the other. Heading down inside the crate you’ll visit a small village and have lunch. The next stops on way up are at Santiago Lake and Cerrado das Freiras belvederes. Explore the central massif of the Serra de Água de Pau, built ...

    Our very knowledgeable guide, Sergio, helped us enjoy and discover the beautiful scenery of Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo. The 4WD enabled us to travel to places a hire car would not have taken us and this enabled us to see much more of the beautiful country. We would highly recommend booking this trip with Seazores as Sergio and the team are very knowledgeable and professinal.

  • Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

    10. Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

    São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. This tour takes you around the crater of the volcano of Sete Cidades, with breathtaking views of the lakes and sea, travel off roads that offer moments of great thrill and adrenaline. You will also enjoy the viewpoints of Pico da Cruz and Cumeeiras. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

    What a great way to see Sete Cidades! The views were spectacular. Would highly recommend it. Make sure you bring jacket and sunglasses as it gets cold and very dusty.

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What people are saying about Lagoa das Sete Cidades

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 813 reviews

Great day with guided by someone local, who knows and shares what you'd like to know about Azores. All the great spots of the central-west side are covered in a single day, a must if you want to cover more ground.

amazing experience with a passionate guide that went out of his way to show us all the beautiful secrets of the island , and gave as an impromptu geography lesson of the azores... amazing stuff

This tour was really fun, exceptionally beautiful, and full of adventure. We even got to ride our ATVs through a herd of cows coming down the road.

The tour was just wonderful! Our guide was super nice and we learned many interesting facts and stories about the island. Highly recommended!

We had a great day discovering this part of Saô Miguel in the company of a friendly and attentive guide.