The west of the island
The twin lakes of “Sete Cidades” (Seven Cities) invite you to go on a hiking tour or just admire their breathtaking beauty. At “Vista do Rei” (“The King’s View”) you can enjoy the most famous postcard view of the island, but you can get an even more spectacular view from the “Miradouro do Canário” where you can look down on four lakes.
Ponta da Ferraria
The westernmost land point of São Miguel resembles a black crater landscape and owes its existence to the most recent eruption on the island about 300 years ago. Thermal baths and a natural swimming pool in the ocean fed by hot springs are a special treat after a long hiking tour. São Miguel’s second oldest lighthouse built in 1901 is only a short distance away.
Gruta do Carvão – The lava cave
This is a wonderful place to visit on a rainy day. Take the “via rapida” towards the west (airport) and then the exit signed “Arrifes/ Gruta do Carvao”.
When appropriately illuminated, it reveals its magic beauty to the visitor and especially to photographers.