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Caldeira das Sete Cidades, Ponta Delgada

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Caldeira das Sete Cidades, an important source of fresh water for the islands, provides a subtropical oasis of green hills, dense forests, and foggy bluffs. Formed by a prehistoric volcanic eruption followed by another in 1445, the area is actually a large volcanic crater. The resulting land offers an array of flora and fauna. Take one of the trails that will lead you up to the top of the crater, where you'll observe numerous lakes, the ocean, and the quaint town within. Put Caldeira das Sete Cidades and other Ponta Delgada attractions into our Ponta Delgada vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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As the island of Sao Miguel's primary tourist hotspot and center of activity, Ponta Delgada boasts perhaps the widest array of the lodging options in the Azores. Check into one of the luxury hotels in the core, closer to the ocean, to treat yourself to swimming pools, spa facilities, and a host of other amenities. Alternatively, try a smaller guesthouse or private villa slighty farther from the sea to save a bit on costs while still keeping yourself within reach of the area's churches, museums, and coastal fortress. The city itself is relatively compact, so most of the hotels in and around the city center provide easy access to its historical sites and tourist attractions by foot.
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  • The Azores Island of Miguel is beautiful with its lakes, which are all different from each other. Caldeira das Sete Cidades belongs to the most special ones. It is moreover a great place to hike. Pont...  more »
  • We had read about the legend of Sete Cidades. One lagoon is brilliant green and the other is bright azure blue. This was definitely on our must-see list, and we were so glad we did! We were in awe of ...  more »
  • We rented a car to get to Sete Cidades and worth the trip! We rented a double kayak from a gentleman that was not part of the commercial rental place. He was so helpful and kayaking in both lakes and ...  more »