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Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

1. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Single Quad Tour

2. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Single Quad Tour

Enjoy a half-day quad tour around Sete Cidades, the largest freshwater lake in the Azores, situated in the western part of the island of São Miguel. Starting from Ponta Delgada, discover the stunning landscapes of the island.   Experience the amazing view over the island at the Pico do Carvão viewpoint, with Ponta Delgada on one side, and Ribeira Grande on the other. Climb up into the mountains to see the Lagoas Empadadas, and the Serra Devassa. The mountains and lakes in this region play a very important role supplying water to the villages. Stop at Canário Lake for one of the best views of the Boca do Inferno trail.   On the way back to the city, you will see the majestic view at Vista do Rei, providing you with spectacular views of the magical blue and green colors that characterize the waters of these lakes.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Day Tour

3. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo Day Tour

We created this amazing guided tour, with the intention to combining two different places in two different areas, in one day we can visit the most beautiful places in the area of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. On this guided tour we use a van with a maximum of space for 8 people, comfortable with plenty of space and with all the necessary conditions for this event. Start with pickup in the morning. Then proceed to visit Pineapple Plantation in the Greenhouses/Viewpoint of the Pico do Carvão/Natural Park of Lagoa das Empadadas/Natural Park of Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno/Viewpoint of the Blue and Green lakes of the Sete Cidades/Viewpoint of the Cerrado das Freiras/Center of the Sete Cidades Parish we end the morning with lunch time. At lunch time, we offer a complete meal in a local restaurant, in order to be able to offer better and typical traditional food fish or meat. (If for example: you are vegetarian, you can always choose something different). We start in the afternoon our guided tour, in which we have several stops, all our stops are easily accessible, in the afternoon we start visiting (Lagoa downtown/pottery factory/Viewpoint of the Pico da Barrosa/Lagoa do Fogo Lake/Natural Park Caldeira Velha- Hot spring waterfall/Liquor Factory/Ribeira Grande downtown). At the end of our guided tour, we finish at 18:00pm, and we drop off all people at the same places where we picked them up.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour with Lunch

4. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 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. Ascend the Pico da Barrosa mountain at the end of your tour and discover the protected natural landscape of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Marvel at the thermal pools, waterfalls, and different types of endangered plants of the area, before your return transfer to Ponta Delgada and a drop-off at your hotel.

São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

5. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades and Fogo Tour with Lunch

Your first stop on this full-day circuit will be at Pico do Carvão viewpoint. From here you'll be able to see the north coast (Ribeira Grande) and south of the island (Ponta Delgada) of São Miguel Island, against the backdrop of a vast expanse of volcanic cones between the incredible Sete Cidades volcano and the majestic 900-meter-high fire volcano. Continuing to one of the most emblematic viewpoints of São Miguel, in the Azores, Vista do Rei, known as the King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amélia. Time to continue your incredible all-day circuit into the massive volcanic interior of the Sete Cidades, considered one of the most incredible locations on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, amid epic paths and flanked slopes of hydrangeas. If you have never known what it is like to be inside a volcanic crater, then this is yet another reason to book this incredible full-day guided tour. Admire the Seven Cities Lagoon at a must-stop on the famous bridge that divides it, in the center of a volcanic crater. Breathe nature in the quiet parish of Sete Cidades and visit São Nicolau church. With a heart purified by nature, time to go to the Escalvado viewpoint, situated on a pyroclastic cliff, where from the top, you can admire the Monasteries and Ferraria, generated by the volcanic force of this area. Lunch break (lunch included). After lunch, time to return to head towards the second highest point of the island of São Miguel, at 900 meters, where the Pico da Barrosa viewpoint is located. From here you can see the north coast with its city of Ribeira Grande and the city of Ponta Delgada on the south coast of the island, as well as the entire amazing Lagoa do Fogo crater. Going down the north coast, the next stop will be at the Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint. Next up is the Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Center for visiting or bathing in natural hot springs pools. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense). The last stop of your full-day tour will be at the Pineapple Plantations to learn the whole process of growing pineapple in greenhouses and see for yourself why pineapple is considered the King fruit in Sao Miguel, and the Azores.

Sete Cidades - Half Day Tour

6. Sete Cidades - Half Day Tour

We great this amazing guided tour, we can visit the most beautiful places in the area of "Sete Cidades" between another places here in the island of São Miguel from Azores. On this guided tour we use a van with a maximum of space for 8 people, comfortable with plenty of space and with all the necessary conditions for this event. For a better understanding we will describe all our guided tour, first we start to pick-up all the people at 09:00 am in the hotels or in other places where we can meet, (please give all the information for the pick-up, for Example: Hotel name and room door or address from another place). We start our guided tour, in which we have several stops, all our stops are easily accessible, in the morning we start visiting (Pineapple Plantation in the Greenhouses/Viewpoint of the Pico do Carvão/Natural Park of Lagoa das Empadadas/Natural Park of Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno/Viewpoint of the Blue and Green lakes of the Sete Cidades/Viewpoint of the Cerrado das Freiras/Center of the Sete Cidades Parish) we finish this guided tour on the center of the Sete Cidades Parish, them we return back to Ponta Delgada.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

8. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

Explore Sete Cidades and the Vista do Rei on this full-day guided tour. Begin bright and early for plenty of time to take in panoramic views, relax in thermal baths, and try local liqueur. Depart from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head west to start your adventure. Pass by multiple viewpoints located at Pico do Carvão, Lagoa do Canário, Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei. Enjoy views over the two volcanic crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and visit the parish located between the lakes. After lunch, visit the Vieira Ceramics Factory located in the city of Lagoa. Then go to the viewpoint at the top of Lagoa do Fogo, for stunning views over the lake. On the journey down the mountain, stop to enjoy the thermal baths in Caldeira Velha. Next, visit the Mulher do Capote factory, and taste Portuguese liqueurs. Continue to Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande. To conclude the trip, visit the pineapple plantation located at Fajã de Baixo in Ponta Delgada, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Half-Day Scenic 4x4 Jeep Tour

9. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Half-Day Scenic 4x4 Jeep Tour

Guests will start the tour with a view over the island at the lookout Pico do Carvão. They will also see the famous lookout "Cumeeira" (view over Sete Cidades) and Lagoa de Santiago. After they will start to go down to the village of Sete Cidades, the green and the blue lake. Explore it and get involved with the explanations of our guide (the tunel, the church, the plants and trees, etc...). Tour off road around crater, hight point of the islet, unbelievable views. Before return, a brief stop in the beautiful village. Back to Ponta Delgada through the south coast.

Private full day West and Central of S.Miguel with lunch

10. Private full day West and Central of S.Miguel with lunch

Enjoy a full day tour with a certified guide of the natural park of São Miguel who will take you to discover the most beautiful landscapes, geosites, and hidden gems in the west and central part of São Miguel. Starting the tour at your accommodation or port, we head towards the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades, along the way we stop at the peak of coal viewpoint, where we can dazzle much of the island towards the east. Then we have the centenary aqueduct of 9 windows and Lagoa do Canario where taking a short walk, we have a fantastic view of the caldera of the volcano of Sete Cidades. After visiting the village of Sete Cidades and its beautiful green and blue lagoons, we head to the protected Natural Monument Ponta da Ferraria where you can experience a natural pool with thermal waters in the sea and contemplate several examples of volcanology. Then we will head south towards our restaurant, with a fantastic view to the sea and over the north coast where you can try various dishes of traditional Azorean food. After lunch we head towards Lagoa do Fogo, the most beautiful Natural Reserve in the Azores and along the way we explore several hidden gems away from the tourist masses. The tour ends where it starts.

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What people are saying about Canary Lake

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A fun few hours of something different. Unfortunately once we hit a bit of altitude we were completely locked in by fog / low cloud cover so we couldn’t see the views. Totally out of anyone’s control and it was fun regardless. Phillipe was a great guide, very personable and considerate. It would be spectacular on a clear day!

This an amazing and safe activity, Philip our guide was very professional and friendly and gave us some insight about the different locations we visited. We highly recommend booking with Philip, it is definitely worth it!

We had a great day with Raphael - saw a lot of the island and he worked around the foggy rainy weather to give us the best possible experience.

Filipe was a great guide and the experience was amazing! Highly recommend for all!

Best activity we did on the trip! Amazing in every way.