Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores (Lagoon of Seven Cities)

Lagoa das Sete Cidades is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Sao Miguel island in the Azores. Some say it is one of the most beautiful spots on the entire island.

What is Lagoa das Sete Cidades?

Lagoa das Sete Cidades (also known as the Lagoon of Seven Cities in English) is a crater twin lake located inside a dormant volcano.

What makes this lake so special? The lake consists of two different colors. One side of the lake is blue and the other is green. Pretty amazing!

Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Lagoa das Sete Cidades

How to get to Lagoa das Sete Cidades

It took us about 40 minutes to reach Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada (where we stayed). We had a rental car which gave us the flexibility to stop and pull over at any time during the drive. There are so many beautiful lookout points it’s hard not to want to stop a million times along the way. 

If you are not renting a car you can book a tour or you could try and take the bus. Just remember that Sete Cidades is a remote village so there is really no need for public transportation. I have heard that the times and pick up points with the bus are hard to navigate. Because of this I would recommend a tour guide or driver instead of a bus. Of course this could change in the future as the Azores continue to grow in popularity,  but as of 2020, I would rent a car or hire a tour guide. 

What’s the best way to see Lagoa das Sete Cidades

There are a few different hikes and viewpoints around the Sete Cidades area that will give you some awesome views of the lake. 

Vista do Rei

This best spot to enjoy the view of the twin lakes is the Vista do Rei, where you can easily park your car. named after a visit from the king.

Also a hiking trail. 

Miradouro da Boca do Inferno

Miradouro Boca do Inferno Azores
Miradouro Boca do Inferno Azores

One of the most popular is the Miradouro da Boca do Inferno lookout. (This one was my personal favorite). It gives you a view of Lagoa de Santiago and Lagoa das Sete Cidades.

Where to Stay Near Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades Lake Lodge – Literally right next to the lake!

Sete Cidades Weather

You should know that the Azores weather changes rapidly and varies hugely on different parts of the islands. Just because it is sunny and beautiful in Ponta Delgada does not mean it will be sunny in Sete Cidades. That 40 minute drive changes everything. 

You also shouldn’t expect a clear and sunny beach destination all year round; it can be cold, gloomy and foggy – sometimes even in the middle of summer!

Sete Cidades is often covered in thick fog. My advice is to monitor the weather closely and to be flexible in your planning. It may take quite a bit of patience to see the views on a clear day.

Check the views for Sete Cidades on Camera

The good news is they have cameras set up in Sete Cidades that will give you an accurate picture of what the weather is like at the viewpoint. Make sure to check the cameras before going!


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