Spring is in the air in the Azores!
As the seasons change we see the landscapes of the Azorean islands transform. Spring is the time that the islands are the most beautiful, as it is now that the flowers bloom and cover the fields and mountain slopes in a rainbow of colours. Right now the pink azaleas are blooming and we can see many of them scattered especially around the lakes of Sete Cidades. During the past two days we were able to enjoy this beautiful sight in Sete Cidades combined with the impressive mountainous landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo on our combi jeep tour.
Futurismo's full day combi tour is the best way to see the regions of both Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo in one day. It is the perfect choice for people who do not have time to see both regions on separate days. Today we were very lucky with the weather throughout the whole day. The sun followed us and the clouds seemed to part in just the right places for us to enjoy all of the magnificent viewpoints in both regions. We started in the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades where we had several stops to enjoy the different views of the crater as well as the lakeside at the bottom. The lunch that is included in the trip was traditional Azorean food in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we explored the region of Lagoa do Fogo, with stops at the viewpoints over Fogo lake and the nature reserve of Caldeira Velha. We had a perfect end of the day with a visit to the liquor factory in Ribeira Grande where all the traditional liquors are made and can be tasted and bought.
A perfect start to the morning with a rainbow just after leaving Ponta Delgada
Pico do Carvão viewpoint
Aquaduct remains - used to transport water from the lakes to Ponta Delgada during the 17th-18th Centuries
Vista do Rei viewpoint
The most famous viewpoint for photography
Vista do Rei means King's viewpoint. Named so because after the King of Portugal visited in 1901
Pink azaleas - one of the many beautiful flowers that grows all over the island
The west of São Miguel island
Driving around the blue lake of Sete Cidades
Two of Futurismo's nature guides - Irene and Nuno
View from halfway up Lagoa do Fogo mountain down to Ponta Delgada
View of Lagoa do Fogo from the road
Lagoa do Fogo - Fogo lake
On top of the world
Caldeira Velha natural reserve
Naturally heated bathing pool in Caldeira Velha. Here you can enjoy a soak in water of about 37-38ºC