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Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades is one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Azores. This volcanic complex is a well-known picture of São Miguel. It was elected one of Portugal’s seven nature wonders and is protected by Natura 2000. It is a unique place on Earth, reminding us how small we are in front of nature.

About Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades volcanic complex is a region but also a village on the Northwest of São Miguel, in Ponta Delgada county. 

The two-colored lake is famous for its love legend between a blue-eyed princess and a green-eyed farmer who cried so much after the king forbid their love, that their tears created lakes. 

On the edge of the huge crater is an enormous abandoned hotel: Monte Palace. It was inaugurated in 1989 and was the first five-star hotel in the Azores. It was only open for a year before meeting bankruptcy. 

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Nature & Geology

The lake of Sete Cidades is the biggest in the Azores archipelago, being about 4,2km with a total area of about 4,3km and a depth of 33m. Surrounded by green pastures and countless smaller lakes inside volcanic cones, Sete Cidades offers a natural setting like no other place.

The crater in itself has a diameter of about 5km and a depth of 400m, with its highest point rising up to 845m above sea level. It is possible to walk around the entire volcano, on its edges called Cumeeiras. 

Inside the volcanic complex lies the village of Sete Cidades, the so-known lake, but also many other lakes of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 

Experiences and Tips

Sete Cidades is the perfect setting for many outdoor adventures such as kayaks or stand-up paddles. The calm waters of the lake are ideal for beginners. Experimenting with these fun activities is just amazing surrounded by the huge crater and the lush vegetation of the area. 

Tip: Futurismo also has an activity center in Sete Cidades where you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. We also have mountain bikes, for all the family. 

Finally, from the viewpoint of Grota do Inferno, you can contemplate the entire beauty of the dormant volcano. It is a privilege to stand by this viewpoint offering one of the most prized views on São Miguel Island.

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    What can I do in Sete Cidades?

    In addition to enjoying the magical surrounding landscape, during the summertime, it is possible to rent a kayak, a stand-up paddle or a bike. If you are interested in this, please let us know to make sure we have something available for you.

    Are the Azores a good biking destination?

    Yes, the landscapes are truly beautiful and Sete Cidades is perfect to go for a ride.

    Frequently asked about Sete Cidades

    How to go to Sete Cidades?

    The best way is to rent a car and go by yourself. However, we can offer a transfer from and to Ponta Delgada. Also, there are some buses from Ponta Delgada. More information in the tourist office.

    What can I do in Sete Cidades?

    In addition to enjoying the magical surrounding landscape, during the summertime, it is possible to

    Where is located Sete Cidades?

    Sete Cidades is about 40 minutes away from Ponta Delgada. It is situated on the western part of São Miguel island.

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