In the center of the island of São Miguel, the Sete Cidades Lake is a dream place and one of my favorites of the entire archipelago of the Azores.
Just a first glance from the King’s Viewpoint over the volcanic crater, where the Green and the Blue Lagoons were formed, and soon you’ll be in love with the landscape.
My first trip to São Miguel was an amazing discovery. For years I was told that I had to get to Azores, I didn’t know what I was missing, but I always disbelieved and despised our archipelago.
How wrong I was!
And as soon as I saw the Sete Cidades Lake I just wanted to slap myself.
“The viewpoint gained the name of King’s View after the visit to the site of the Portuguese monarchs, King D. Carlos and Queen D. Amelia, in 1901”
We began the discovery of this piece of the island by the old abandoned hotel, right by the viewpoint.
Someone one day thought of building a large hotel there, but due to lack of resources or other reasons beyond me, the structure was abandoned.
Today we can enter inside, go through the rooms given to the decay of time, climb the stairs that once were dreamed full of people and feel some of the carpet that was laid there.
It’s no man’s land, but also the place of everyone who wants to enter there. No need to check-in or worry about check-out time.
Adventure into the Sete Cidades Lake
The next step was to descend to Sete Cidades, the small town that stands in the middle of the crater. A small, quiet village full of tradition.
The Church of St. Nicholas was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We didn’t go in, but the architecture framed by the trees and all the green of that place, makes this building of the 19th century even more special.
And then, we went on to discover the banks of the lagoons, all the fauna and flora, all the charms and nooks, in a remarkable walk.
“The Seven Cities Lagoon is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal”
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