Caldeira das Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel

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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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  • August 19, 2017
    We have a walking path followed from Mata do Canario around the whole edge-to-near the town of Sete Cidades crater, where the trail stops. Pretty spicy walk of more than 10 km with straight ascending and descending, but beautiful. The only downside for us is that if you come down, there are no buses to drive the car parks where most hikers park their car and there is only one (!) taxi van driving around to the people back to their car. We have lost a lot of time searching for and waiting for the taxi. Afterwards we heard that many hikers do only until the middle of the trail and then reverse. Halfway through would also be somewhere a path to lead the way to take a bus (but is not).
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  • August 18, 2017
    Aloha....Sete Cidades . I say that because the beautiful lush scenery here reminded me of Hawaii. Who knew this was the Azores. The gorgeous azul hydrangeas lining the highways bringing you to this br...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    E-bike with Didi, the patron of azoresadventureislands.com. An unforgettable day. We aimeriat spend his life!
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  • April 21, 2017
    Beautiful place to visit
  • August 18, 2017
    wonderful
  • November 25, 2016
    Beautiful
  • March 22, 2017
    Beautiful, beautiful! Must see in São Miguel.
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  • January 6, 2017
    This pond is the most beautiful island of the Azores. I don't enjoy the lagoon just by the panoramica of the mountaintop, but explore the shoreline on foot. They will see it is simply brutal.
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Where to stay in Ponta Delgada

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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