Start the adventure by meeting a guide at a central location, then heading west out of Ponta Delgada. Stop at the Rocha de Relva lookout point, once used by whale hunters, for panoramic views and a great photo op. Then head to the Pico do Carvão viewpoint (or Empadadas Lakes, if the gate is open and visibility is good) for more panoramic views of the whole island.
Depending on visibility, travel along the trail of either the northeast or southwest section of the caldera rim. Both offer amazing views of the twin lakes inside the Sete Cidades caldera. Stop for a break at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Portuguese dishes.
Leaving the caldera, go down to the coast to quaint Mosteiros Village and the picturesque Escalvado viewpoint. If desired, head to Ferraria to enjoy a swim in the natural thermal pools there. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, pass through Arrifes, an area of pastureland where most of the milk on the island is produced.
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Praia Da Rocha
Lagoa das Empadadas
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