Welcome to Sète
Set alongside the saltwater lagoon of Étang du Thau, Sète is a gritty and not-always-pretty port, somewhat oversold by its local moniker of the ‘Little Venice of Languedoc’ – a reference to the many canals that run through town, including the Canal du Midi, which terminates its 240km journey here from Toulouse, and the Canal du Rhône, whose 98km journey from Beaucaire also ends here. But its honest, workaday... Read More
Top experiences in Sète
Shore Excursion: Sete Cidades, Furnas or Lagoa do Fogo from Ponta Delgada
Shore excursion tour to Sete Cidades:After exploring several lakes around the area, hop on an all-terrain ride for travel along the craters of Sete Cidades. Visit the small local parish.Shore excursion tour to Furnas:Meet the most romantic town in Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water is neighbor to the fresh spring water inside a volcano. See vegetation and fumaroles competing. Enjoy Furnas lake shore (a small trail hike can be included if wanted) and see how a traditional Portuguese plate is done in Furnas.Shore excursion tour to Lagoa do Fogo:Enjoy the natural blue hue of the natural reserve, Fogo Lake. Visit the Caldeira Velha with its hot waterfall and natural pool for swimming. Explore a 4WD trail to a fresh water waterfall (a small trail hike can be included if wanted). Witness evidence of volcano activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras
Sete Cidades Half-Day Tour
9 am - Pick up in Hotel or in city center9:20 am - Carvao viewpoint - you can see both the north and south sides of the island 9:30 am - Empadadas Lake, located around the volcano of Sete Cidades and is considered of unique natural beauty10:00 am - Canario Lake; a small, beautiful lake surrounded by untouched vegetation10:30 am - Vista do Rei viewpoint, one of the most famous viewpoints of Sete Cidades, overlooking the crater and south coast of the island11:00 am - Salto das freiras viewpoint.11:15 am - Santiago Lake a small vulcano crater which is located inside of the huge vulcano crater of Sete Cidades, a beautiful lake surrounded by untouched vegetation.11:30 am - Sete Cidades Church (center of the village, time for a break or coffee, 30 minutes) located at the bottom of the crater of the vulcano. A peaceful village where time seems to stand still12:00 pm - Escalvado (Mosteiros) viewpoint overlooks Mosteiros is a fishing village, famous for its great summer houses, beach, and natural pools made of lava formations. A great village to visit12:30 pm - Ilha sabrina or Ferraria viewpoint01:00 pm - Drop off at Hotel or City Center
Full-Day Sete Cidades 4x4 Tour
Meet your guide during a morning pickup at your Ponta Delgada hotel, then head onward by off-road 4x4 vehicle toward the village of Sete Cidades — nestled in the heart of a huge volcanic crater. Follow rugged off-road trails to the village and admire panoramic views over the lakes of Azul and Verde — colored blue and green by their mineral deposits. Spin around the Lagoa das Empadadas and the Lagoa de Santiago, and see natural sights many visitors miss. Head onward from the volcano to the coastal village of Mosteiros — home to natural pools and a beach of black basalt sand — and watch traditional fishing boasts bobbing gently in the pretty harbor. On route back to Ponta Delgada, visit Ferraria and Ginetes — where hot geysers warm the coastal waters — then return to your hotel to conclude your tour.
Half-Day 4WD Tour to Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Go where the traditional tourist circuits will not, allowing a different view of this volcanic complex classified as protected landscape.The Volcanic Complex of Sete Cidades has the largest surface reserve of freshwater of the Azores, so it is an important transit point for migratory birds. With an area of 2173ha of protected landscape it is formed by a caldera with 5,3km in diameter. The landscape is dominated by the Sete Cidades Lake, separated by the "Rêgos" bridge. Inside the Caldera find Lagoa de Santiago.In a 4WD vehicle ride through the south rim of the volcano (when security conditions are guaranteed) in a land route where you can contemplate the stunning natural beauty. Go down to the inside of this sleeping volcano where you will find the picturesque parish of Sete Cidades.The course on/off road may vary according to climate conditions.
Sete Cidades and Lagoa de Fogo 4WD Tour
Departing from the cruise ship terminal of Ponta Delgada, explore the west side of the island and the Massif of Sete Cidades, on a 4WD Jeep Safari Tour, where volcanic craters gave rise to numerous lakes such as Empadadas, Santiago Lake and, of course, the emblematic Blue and Green waters of Sete Cidades Lake, all of them surrounded by lush vegetation but each one with its own unique beauty. Along the way you can contemplate the landscape through several viewpoints like Carvão and Vista do Rei. On the highest point of the mountain, take one of the most well known scenic trails of the world – Cumeeiras trail - to the volcano cone and go inside the crater to get out in the small village of Sete Cidades. After a stop for a good typical Azorean lunch add some adventure to your Azores visit and explore the central massif of Serra de Água de Pau. See Lagoa do Fogo, or “Fire Lake,” the 2nd largest lake on the island, that’s situated in an unspoiled natural area. With tracks that are lined up by native flora, the entire area was classified by the European Commission as a Special Area of Conservation and part of the Natura 2000 network. For those who enjoy the pleasures of what nature has to offer we have Caldeira Velha, an amazing warm waterfall flowing to a natural swimming pool were you can enjoy a dive (don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel) surrounded by a luxurious vegetation. After a rejuvenating bath head out on an alternative trail to Ribeira Grande for a taste of our regional liquors before returning to Ponta Delgada.
Half-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada to Sete Cidades
Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring.Half-day tour to Sete CidadesAfter exploring several lakes around the area, hop on an all-terrain ride for travel along the craters of Sete Cidades. Visit the small local parish. Cruise along the forested floor of a massive volcanic crater as you explore Sete Cidades with an experienced local guide. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, ride between sparkling lakes and bounce down dirt roads that lead to sweeping viewpoints of this stunning and dramatic landscape. Get picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada, where you can buckle into the seat of an off-road vehicle perfectly suited to tackle the area's rural roads and country lanes. As you ride, learn about Sete Cidades' geologic profile. In the center of a volcanic crater that stretches for over 3 miles (5 km), the village's lake-scattered valleys are filled with forests that emerged after an eruption in 500 AD