Caldeira das Sete Cidades

  • Lago das Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user EricSilva
  • Azores - © By Flickr user jvchamary
  • Azores - © By Flickr user jvchamary
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user ristok
  • Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user amoswright
  • Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user alittleazorean
  • View From Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user raebrune
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Parque National de Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user deltafrut
  • Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user cristinawrs

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 rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: around 840m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Sete Cidades - © By Flickr user amoswright

WALK SUMMARY

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.

Kudu Travel do an excellent-looking expedition to the Azores. Walkopedia partners, so recommended!

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Azores - ©By Flickr user jvchamary

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