Sete Cidades Things to Do
Miradouro da Lagoa de Santiago
We visited Miradouro da Lagoa de Santiago as part of a day tour that we took with "UTC Azores" during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.
This small viewing point overlooks the beautiful crater lake of Lagoa de Santiago; a less well-known lake located just a short distance east of the famous Sete Cidades twin lakes. The volcanic crater in which the lake is situated is covered in dense forest.
Our minibus parked up in a layby close to the viewpoint and we walked the few metres to the paved viewing deck.
Miradouro da Vista do Rei (King's View)
We visited Miradouro da Vista do Rei (King's View Lookout) as part of a day tour that we took with "UTC Azores" during our stay on Sao Miguel island in September 2014.
This spectacular lookout point is located to the south of the breathtaking Sete Cidades twin lakes and was more "touristy" than any of the other miradouros that we visited on the island. There is plenty of car parking space, as well as stalls selling refreshments and souvenirs, information boards and a toilet block.
Its popularity is unsurprising; it offers arguably the best view on the whole island. The Sete Cidades twin lakes are extremely picturesque and are surrounded by green volcanic hills. The two lakes are known as Lagoa Azul (blue lake) and Lagoa Verde (green lake), because of the apparent difference in the colour of the water in the two lakes. I have seen photos online where the contrast between the blue and green lakes is obvious to see, but on the day that we visited the two lakes looked a similar colour to us.
Our guide told us about a legend regarding the green and blue lakes. The story goes that a princess was forbidden by her father from seeing her shepherd lover. This caused them both to cry heavily and their tears formed the two lakes and matched the colours of their respective eyes.
We were fortunate to experience clear weather while visiting Vista do Rei, so we enjoyed fantastic views. This cannot be taken for granted on Sao Miguel island and, if you were to visit on a foggy/misty day, your view of the lakes would be spoiled. (We experienced this while visiting the miradouro above Lake Fogo where heavy fog prevented us from even catching a glimpse of the lake!).
If you can avert your eyes from the view of the lakes, the view in the opposite direction is over the parish of Candelaria and the island's west coast.
Visit the village church in Sete...
The church in Sete Cidades is in many ways a typical village church on the Azores as it is build from vulcanic rock and has a wooden ceiling.
It is very well kept though and i usually see one or two old ladies in the church being busy with either cleaning or decorating the church.
the church also has nice blue and white teils on the walls inside the church.
It is located by the and of an alleyway lined with trees and despite being very small i consider it one of the prettiest churches on the island.Related to:
- Religious Travel
Sete Cidades Restaurants
Le Chilinguito: Beware the cost of Le Chilinguito
The restaurant we visited was the Le Chilinguito, Route Des Plages, 34200, Sete.
The restaurant being on the beach was in a lovely location.
Unfortunately, we arrived at a time on a Sunday evening, 16 Sept 2007, when they were not serving food.
I had concerns with the restaurant regarding the drinks I ordered, so beware.
I was told that there was no need to pay until we had completed our stay, I should have known better.
3 Large (Pints) of Fischer Lager, Alsace. It came on the bill as 'Formidable' at 6 Euros a pint!!!
1 Grand Creme, 3 Euros, no complaints.
2 small lemonades that was poured from a plastic 2 litre bottle which we had seen in the Auchan supermarket at just 80 cents a 2 litre bottle. We were charged 5 Euros in total for the 2 drinks!!! Furthermore they came onto the bill as a 'Divers Bar', I questioned this and the lady at the bar told me, I quote 'Divers Bar is what we call 2 lemonades'!!!!! I was bitterly disappointed, hence this review.
In summary, lovely setting, ask the prices first.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining