Everything you can see and do in Sete Cidades, Azores

Sete Cidades is home to some of the Azores’ most famous landscapes 

 

 

Sete Cidades are located on the westner side of São Miguel Island and it is worldwide famous for its iconic Twin Lake and extreme beauty. We tour you around the lovely village of Sete Cidades and highlight what is there to see and do. You can easily spend a couple of days there without ever getting bored! 

 

 

The Lagoa das Sete Cidades is the most famoous landscape of the Azores Islands in Portugal. It is located in the island of Sao Miguel.
The Azores' most famous landscape 

1. Lagoa das Sete Cidades

This awe-inspiring landscape of Sete Cidades is the Azores’ most famed postcard image. In fact, Lagoa das Sete Cidades is officially listed as one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal.” And the absolute best spot to fully appreciate the breathtaking views over the mystical blue and green lakes is—by far—Vista do Rei.

 

 

The road of hydrangeas is located in Sete Cidades in Sao Miguel Island in the Azores archipelago, Portugal, Europe.
Perfect for a photo-op

2. Walk through an hydrangeas covered road

After marveling at the views from the top, descend this scenic, hydrangeas-covered road until you reach the charming village below. Instagram-perfect, right?

 

 

Stand up paddle, kayak or hiking are just a sample of the activities you can do in the village of Sete Cidades in Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
Stand up paddle or canoeing: it's your call 

3. Sports

Opt for an active SUP experience amid idyllic scenery or appreciate the beauty by land on a bike. Other experiences you can have include horseback riding, bike rides or even riding a moto and so much more! 

 

 

Hiking in Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
Sete Cidades offers several hiking trails that lead to the best sights

4. Lots of hiking

Discover under-the-radar lakes and verdant valleys by venturing yourself out through one of the many hiking trails in the area. We promise you’ll see beauty as far as the eye can see.

 

 

The church of Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.
One of the most picturesque churches in the island 

5. São Nicolau Church

Pause to appreciate the incredible architecture of Igreja de São Nicolau, one of the most lovely chapels in the Azores.

 

 

The view from the Boca do Inferno viewpoint in Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal is even more magical at sunset time.
Even more magical at sunset time

6. Boca do Inferno Viewpoint

While you're there, make your way over to the Boca do Inferno for some jaw-dropping 360 views overlooking the Lagoa do Canario and the other lagoons below, Sete Cidades village, and an expansive view of the Atlantic beyond the ridge of the crater.

 

 

Lagoa do Canario has a pretty unique shape. It is located in Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
This one is Lagoa do Canário

7. Spot all of the different lakes

There are (amazingly) 11 lakes in total around Sete Cidades, but they can only be seen from certain angles at the different miradouros (viewpoints) in the area.

 

 

Driving around Sete Cidades in Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
An epic road

8. Drive through the Cumeeiras road

Caution: we only recommend taking this road if you’re on a tour with a local guide. 

Drive literally on top of a volcanic crater and get amazed by the views down! The European Rally Championship (ERC) stage in the Azores has a prove that takes the exact same road -- and leads some experienced drivers to quit, but it is said by the drivers to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

 

 

Bike rides in Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
Bike your way around the lake

9. Walk around the Lagoa das Sete Cidades

Take its margins and appreciate its beauty on-the-ground. You’ll find several areas for pic-nics and barbeques! 



Mosteiros is the best place in Sao Miguel Island for sunset.
The best sunset in Sao Miguel Island

10. Drive to Mosteiros

Create the perfect end to your day with a drive to the neighboring village of Mosteiros, where you can dig your feet into its black sand beach as you await to be charmed by the best sunset on the whole island.

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