3. São Miguel West: Sete Cidades & Fogo 8 hours Tour & Lunch
Rediscover with us the legend you once made of the Seven Cities, an incredible creation of Nature, as it was the scene of a legendary history and its romantic forbidden love, between a princess and a shepherd, who rejected by the king, made the two lovers, with their tears, formed the two lagoons, located inside the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades, where is the blue and green lagoon, with the colors of the eyes of the two lovers, as well as the quiet parish of Sete Cidades, with 800 population.
First stop of this full-day circuit, will be at Pico do Carvão viewpoint, from where we will 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.
See for yourself the Santiago Lagoon, located in the Sierra Devassa, deep in a volcanic crater of the Sete Cidades massif, surrounded by verdant mountain cliffs and over different species of fauna and flora.
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 of the Seven Cities and the Lagoa do Fogo. 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 mts, where is located the viewpoint of Pico da Barrosa, from where 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 and very relaxing will be at 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).
Visit to the Historic Center of Ribeira Grande.
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.
This will undoubtedly be the best 9 hours of vacation in Sao Miguel, Azores, after a full day visit to the Seven Cities and Lagoa do Fogo (West Circuit).