São Miguel - Walking tour Sete cidades: Experience the beauty of Portugal’s Azores islands as we take you off the beaten track to discover the spectacular Set Cidades. You’ll be amazed by the endless panoramic vistas as you explore this awe-inspiring natural volcanic crater.
Comprising 9 volcanic islands, the remote archipelago of the Azores are set like jewels in the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1500km from the Portuguese coast. These little gems offer a paradisiacal land full of natural splendour surrounded by the never-ending blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Our walking tour takes place on the largest of the 9 islands, San Miguel, starting at the Vista do Rei viewpoint and finishing by the striking volcanic crater and lake of Sete Cidades. You will learn all about the islands volcanic activity and about how it formed the island’s dramatic scenery. Marvel at sweeping panoramic views of the north and west coast of the island. Also known as ‘the green island’, Sao Miguel is rich in exotic and endemic flora and fauna so keep your camera and binoculars at the ready to spot incense (Pittosporum undulatum), the cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica) and the yellow ginger lily (Hedychium gardenarum). On the way back to Ponta Delgada you will stop at the viewpoint of ‘Santiago’ lake. This small volcanic crater is set within the colossal crater of Sete Cidades. Gaze over the rim of the crater and be mesmerised by the glistening green and blue waters overlooked by peaceful forested countryside.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the Tourism Board (Avenida d. Henrique-Ponta Delgada).
Duration: Eight hours approx.
Start/opening time: 9am.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English or Portuguese-speaking guide. Other languages on request (Spanish, French, Dutch and German).
Others: Activity only available on the island of São Miguel.