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This hiking trail is located in the protected landscape of Sete Cidades, renowned as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal.
We will pick you up in Ponta Delgada and we will leave to discover the west side of the island, Sete Cidades, where we will learn about the most famous legend of São Miguel.
It is a long hiking trail, but less difficult than others. Our starting point will be next the Muro das 9 Janelas and we will walk by the Cumeeira Grande, the rim of the caldeira. If the weather allows it, from Pico da Cruz we will enjoy the view of Lagoa de Santiago and Lagoa Rasa. Along our walk, we will be surrounded at first from the elegant Japanese Red Cedar and then some exotic vegetation.
During this linear hiking trail of 9.7km, along the rim of the Caldeira and ending at Casa da Seara, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the fauna and flora of the Azores, the history and the culture of the village of Sete Cidades. We will talk about the tunnel that reaches the west coast down to Mosteiros and was once used as a shortcut by the habitants of the village, about the geological formation of the island and, through a sweet love legend, about the birth of the Green and the Blue lakes.
At the end of the hiking trail we will relax in the village and visit its church São Nicolau.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack, water.
Light picnic meal: generally a sandwich, water, fruit, juice and a cake.
Q: Can I see the Sete Cidades crater on this walk?
A: Yes, if cloud cover does not restrict the view, you will be able to see the crater and walk part of the rim of the crater.
Q: How far is Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada?
A: Sete Cidades is about 28km away from Ponta Delgada westward (17 miles). Without stops, it takes about 40 minutes to reach the village by the lakes.
Q: What can I do in the lakes of Sete Cidades?
A: In addition to enjoying the beautiful surrounding landscape, it is possible to rent a kayak or stand up paddle to appreciate the lakeside at our activity center. If you are interested in discovering Sete Cidades from another perspective, please contact us.
Q: I have some food restrictions or a special diet, will the lunch be adapted to my needs?
A: We will always try to adapt to meet your needs. Please contact us when booking the tour and let us know any food restriction or allergy so we can prepare something adequate.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit for this tour?
A: This hiking tour is relatively easy. Good conditions are always better to feel comfortable, but this tour is relatively accessible in terms of physical conditions. Futurismo also provides walking sticks for people who feel more comfortable walking with it.
Price per adult