Miradouro da Boca do Inferno (Azores Hike in Sete Cidades)

Miradouro Boca do Inferno

Miradouro da Boca do Inferno is located by Sete Cidades. Sete Cidades is a small Azores town located in the middle of a three-mile crater of the same name.

To confuse you a little bit more, Sete Cidades means seven cities, but generally when people refer to Sete Cidades they are talking about the crater region in general.

Visiting this location is one of the best things to do in the Azores! My mind was BLOWN. I couldn’t believe that such a beautiful place existed.

Boca de Inferno viewpoint is one of the most popular attractions in the Azores. 

This Azores guide will go over everything I wish I knew before visiting the Miradouro da Boca do Inferno viewpoint (including tips on how you can see it on a clear day).

The views are mind blowing on a clear day

I am not sure you will find a more beautiful place than this. It is the Azores’ most famous hike. Unfortunately there is a catch; it is cloudy a lot of the time.

You get amazing views of Lagoa de Santiago (the green crater lake featured in the picture below).

Expect insane clouds…every day

People travel from all over the world for a chance to see THIS VIEW, but unfortunately they often end up disappointed because of a dense fog. Check out our video hiking in the Azores at the bottom of this page.

Even though it is NOT? hard to get to the clouds make it one of the most difficult spots to actually see in the Azores. When I say cloudy, I mean really cloudy. I’m talking about white out clouds. 

Because of this it’s important to know that it may take multiple attempts to try and see the Miradouro Da Boca Do Inferno views on a clear day.


Read more on the Azores weather.

You can park your car at the trailhead and take a short walk to the top (less than 10 minutes). It is not strenuous, but it often gets chilly and windy so make sure you are prepared.

Miradouro do Boca de Inferno on a cloudy day
Miradouro do Boca de Inferno on a cloudy day

Check the view for Miradouro da Boca do Inferno on Camera

Many people (including us) make the mistake of going when it is cloudy. I thought that it would be clear because it was clear at our hotel in Ponta Delgada. In fact, the entire island seemed to be sunny and crystal clear. 

Apparently it doesn’t matter what the rest of the island is doing. Even if the entire island is sunny and beautiful, Miradouro da Boca do Inferno can still be covered in fog.

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 live camera feed before going!

Pack for cold/wet weather

Another thing that’s worth pointing out about the Azores’ climate is that it’s not as hot as you might think – ever.  Even in the peak summer season it’s not stiflingly hot, so a lack of planning can ruin an Azores vacation if all you really wanted was a tan.

How to get to Miradouro da Boca do Inferno

You can take a day tour to the Miradouro da Boca do Inferno lookout, however you have to keep in mind that the tour does not cancel if it is a white out. Instead of booking a tour, I recommend renting a car and driving up when the conditions are optimal.

Driving in the Azores is easy and if you are worried about cell phone service you can always download your directions from google maps in advance so you won’t get lost.

Things to Do Close To Miradouro da Boca do Inferno

There is actually a ton to see in the area, but unfortunately we missed some things since we got a little lost.

We didn’t plan enough in advance and the fog was so thick it was hard to see where any of the other viewpoints were. Don’t make that mistake.

Plan ahead and know exactly what you want to see in the area. 

Here are some of the top attractions I recommend. 

Where to Stay in São Miguel Island?

Yes, the Azores is a lesser-known destination, but now that it’s becoming under more travelers’ radars, more hotels are opening up.

So, if you’re hoping to have an epic island adventure, you don’t have to worry about accommodations as there are plenty of options.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best accommodations in São Miguel for all kinds of travelers.

Luxury Hotels in São Miguel, Azores

Looking for upscale properties to live your best life on this tropical island?

Here are some of the top-rated luxury hotels on São Miguel:

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel – You don’t have to miss the Caldeira Velha Hot Springs because you’d have access to São Miguel thermal pools at this lavish boutique hotel. Imagine spending the day hiking and exploring the island and going back to your hotel only to relax at a natural spa!

White Exclusive Suites & Villas – The Azores is privileged with lots of beautiful beaches and São Miguel is hands down home to many of them. So, how about enjoying your stay at an ocean view luxury suite or villa?

Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort – Another great beach view option is this eco-resort. Not only because the nearby Praia de Santa Barbara is one of the best beaches in the islands but also because of its close proximity to the Caldeira Velha Hot Springs – it’s less than 15 minutes away.

Budget Accommodation Options in São Miguel

Are you an adventurous backpacker traveling on a budget? Don’t fret – there are also some great options for you:

Out of the Blue – If you’re on a budget, this hostel offers great value for money. Modern interiors and a cozy environment? Check! Ideal location? It’s a lovely getaway in Ponta Delgada, so obviously, check!

Garoupas Inn – Also located in Ponta Delgada, this inn will make you feel at home, except for that you probably don’t have impeccable ocean views or a hot tub back home!

Azores Hike in Sete Cidades


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