Half Day Sete Cidades Hiking Tour from Ponta Delgada

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What To Expect

Go on a leisurely hike to Sete Cidades on two trails that allow you to see tis famous lakes and wetlands!


  • Trip into the mysterious land of Sete Cidades where you can discover its many secrets

  • Spectacular views from the Canario viewpoint

  • Insightful commentary and assured safety from our certified guides


Day Tours from Ponta Delgada
Departs From:
Ponta Delgada
Meeting Point:
Hotel Marina Atlantico, Av. Joao B. Mota Amaral, 9500-150 Ponta Delgada
3 hours and 30 minutes
daily at 9:00 AM; 1:00 PM
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Sete Cidades, which gets its name from the Latin origin "seven cities" is shrouded in mystical energy and age-old folklore. One of the most famous stories about the site is the tale of its two lakes, the green lake and the blue lake. Legend has it that there was once a princess so beautiful that she was held prisoner in the palace by her jealous father who wanted her to himself. But the headstrong princess would sneak out of the castle walls, and one day she heard music so beautiful that she followed it. The path led her to a handsome shepherd boy playing the flute. The two fell in love instantly, and after many secret meetings decided to get married. They bravely came before the king to ask for his blessing, but enraged, the king banished the shepherd boy from the kingdom and forbade the princess to ever see him again. They met in secret one last time, embracing and crying all afternoon. The tears from the princess' green eyes and the tears from the shepherd's blue eyes poured out into two beautiful lakes kissing each other, which you will see on this trip.

Navigate the mysterious land with myths and legends about its natural beauty! Our expert guides will lead you through two sections of pre-existing trails where you will encounter the various lakes and wetlands. On the first section, see the beauty of the Empadadas and Rasa lakes, and then climb to Serra Devassa, the highest point in the island.

We then go on the second section that goes inside Mata do Canario, a breathtaking viewpoint for the Canario lake. Finally we will descend into a haven of serene water springs that hides hidden secrets.


  • 4.5 kilometer hike with 54 meter slope

  • Roundtrip transfers to site

  • Certified guide

  • Insurance


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to join this tour. Those below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or bring written permission.

  • We require you to wear walking shoes or hiking boots, comfortable clothing and bring a jacket, extra shirt, bottled water, sunscreen, hat and backpack. You may also bring walking poles and gaiters.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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