Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Key information: Caldeira das Sete Cidades
- Vast caldera formed by massive volcanic eruptions and collapses.
- Outstanding scenery: two large lakes, one bright blue, and one green, with steep, lushly vegetated caldera walls holding lesser lakes inside subsidiary craters.
- Walk along the rim, or down by the lakesides.
- Take in the delightful old village of Sete Cidades with its unusual houses.
- Walkopedia rating87
- Natural interest17
- Human interest6
- Negative points0
- Total rating87
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: around 840m
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
This phenomenal caldera holds two large lakes, surrounded by lushly vegetated cliffs up to 500m high, and smaller lakes within subsidiary craters. One lake appears bright blue, and the other green.
The scenery is outstanding here, and you can choose walks that suit you: along the cliffs, with their superb views, or by the lakes within the crater itself, among blooming hydrangeas, visiting the historic village of Sete Cidades.
While the caldera was formed by vast eruptions and collapses in pre-history, eruptions as late as the 15th century gave the caldera its current topography. Domes and lava flows bear witness to continuing volcanic activity.
This is not wild country, but it is ravishingly pretty, and the speed with which forest and farmland have established themselves within this once (and possibly future) cauldron of death is intriguing.
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