Vista do Rei Lookout

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Vista do Rei Lookout: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • Sao Miguel: Western Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    4. Sao Miguel: Western Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    Head out to sea on a morning whale watching excursion. Listen to a short safety briefing and the rules of observation before the boat sets sail, as well as some historical information. Cruise along the coast and look out for the more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Whales and dolphins are regularly seen during this half-day trip, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.  Once you're back on dry land, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, head away from Ponta Delgada  towards the most western part of the island, where the mountains and lagoon of the Sete Cidades are located. Stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint to see one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the island, over the famous lagoon inside a volcanic crater.   Visit the village of the Sete Cidades for an authentic portrait of rural Micaelense life. Drive along the northern rim of ...

  • São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

    5. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

    The day begins with a pick up from your hotel or accommodation to visit a traditional pineapple plantation. See biological culture developed in greenhouses where it is possible to taste the pineapple's liquor. The journey continues on the west coast of the island, where you will enjoy the view over the newest and narrowest part of São Miguel and both coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, you will find in Vista do Rei's viewpoint the Sete Cidades volcanic complex. From here, you will see the famous blue and green twin lakes, as well as Santiago's lake, as viewed from the crater. A stop will be made in the picturesque Sete Cidades town where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the tour goes along the coast enjoying the western landscape to arrive at Capelas, an ancient whaling village. Another stop at Pedras Negras‘s...

    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.

  • Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

    6. Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

    This tour will allow you to explore the best locations of the island, including lakes sceneries within volcano craters, shore views, and even sceneries from the highest island's grounds including one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal and an active but dormant volcano of Lagoa do Fogo.  Be picked up at any location in Ponta Delgada. Your tour guide will be pleased to pick you and to do a briefing of your tour. This is a good time to customize your itinerary, if you wish. One of the interesting initial stops are at the Azorean pineapple plantations where your tour guide will explain all the stages and where you can try a free sample of the local pineapple liquor. After this the group will go uphill to the large western volcano Sete Cidades and make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island.  Grota do Inferno viewpoint is just ahead. Fr...

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

    7. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades 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.

    My favorite activity I did while I was on the island. Our guide was amazing and super funny. The combination of on-road and off-roading made the experience unique and was able to get to view points a regular car wouldn’t be able to get to! Plus, who doesn’t love driving a quad through the narrow, hydrangea lined streets?!

  • Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

    8. Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

    On this full-day tour, visit the Sete Cidades Massif, a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows, and an area very popular for its lakes and surrounding hills. Departing from Ponta Delgada, travel up the mountain top that forms the caldera of a volcano where the lakes are located. Additionally, you will visit Empadadas and Carvão lakes, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of untouched nature. Learn more about how volcanic activity formed the landscape. At lunchtime, stop off at a typical restaurant in the village of Sete CIdades, where you will eat a traditional meal. Then continue on, passing Vista do Rei, one of the island's top tourist destinations. Next, head to the Mosteiros, famous for its natural swimming pools, fishing harbor, and sandy beach of black basalt. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you will also see the hot bathing spots caused by fuma...

    Phillip (Felipe) was very knowledgeable with respect to driving us to remote areas, providing insight re: various flora (trees, shrubs, etc.) imported to Sao Miguel, and info about various towns and locations we visited, e.g. Misteiros, Sete Cidades, and crests of mountains. We had a GREAT TIME!!

  • Azores: Sete Cidades, Green Lake and Blue Lake Tour

    9. Azores: Sete Cidades, Green Lake and Blue Lake Tour

    You will be picked up from the cruise ship terminal and then, following the southern coast, leave Ponta Delgada and head towards the Pico do Carvão viewpoint where you can admire the breathtaking scenery of the north and south coasts. Continue to the Canary Lake viewpoint where you will have the first view of the crater of the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Then, head towards the viewpoint of the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Azores. After, its time to drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small pond of Santiago. Next, make a brief stop at the Parish of Seven Cities to breathe in the fresh air of a parish that gives you a sense of peace. Then, its time to drive back to Ponta Delgada for your last stop at a pineapple plantation. On the way, contemplate the magnificent road surrou...

  • Ponta Delgada: Shore Excursion - Sete Cidades & Azores

    10. Ponta Delgada: Shore Excursion - Sete Cidades & Azores

    Start with a pick-up/ drop-off at the cruise ship terminal. Time options include 09:00 or 13:00. For the ships arriving after 09:00, your tour will start 1-hour after disembarking. Starting from the cruise ship terminal where someone will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name written on it, following the southern coast, you will leave Ponta Delgada for the Pico do Carvao viewpoint where you will be able to admire the north and south coasts for some breathtaking scenery. Continue to the Canary Lake viewpoint and have your first view of the crater of the Seven Cities volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Towards the viewpoint of the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Azores to admire the blue and green lake. Drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small pond of Santiago. Enjoy a brief stop at the...

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What people are saying about Vista do Rei Lookout

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Outstanding whale watching experience and Sete Cidades tour. The whale watching tour was cancelled due to bad weather, it was promptly and efficiently reprogrammed the next day according to our availability. The afternoon tour to Sete Cidades was performed as planned as the afternoon weather was better. Both activities are unmissable highlights of the island: we enjoyed every bit of them. Henrique has been a professional, likeable, available, knowledgeable guide. The tour is very family friendly: a short, easy hike to enjoy the scenery is walkable by children. 100% recommended! Olga, Alex and Luna

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.

Ruben was a fantastic tour guide. Note - the air is much cooler on the drive up to Sete Cidades than other parts of the island. A long-sleeve shirt plus a windbreaker is a must!

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.

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