E-MTB: Self-Guided Tours (Sete Cidades)

These electric bike tours give you the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of the volcanic area of Sete Cidades, all while having a lot of fun and keeping our environment clean. Discover impressive spots and wonderful panoramic views where most other vehicles cannot take you! With the freedom these self-guided E-Bike cycling tours offer, travel at your own pace and breathe the fresh air in the wonderful outdoors, passing through dirt roads, trails and parks with typical flora, fauna and geology of this region. Cycle through the quaint village and witness the local culture and traditions of this rural lifestyle. With different Itineraries to choose from, you’ll surely enjoy your ride through this emblematic location.

  • You need to know how to ride a bicycle;
  • Reasonable physical condition required;
  • Different tours available to suit all tastes and levels of fitness and experience.

NOTE: The tours pass through main public roads and official hiking trails, as well as agricultural access roads. Be aware of other motorists and pedestrians. Trails pass through Protected Landscapes as well, so please respect our environment and act responsibly to ensure its preservation.

 

– ITINERARY 1: Inside Caldeira of Sete Cidades – Enjoy a nature and cultural tour with an easy bike ride along the banks of the unique Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon“) and Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon“), stopping at various points of interest while cycling through dirt trails, parks and the quaint village of Sete Cidades.

DESCRIPTION: At the starting point, we will spend around 15 minutes to give you a quick safety briefing, a demonstration on how to use your E-Bike and all its functions, show you how to use your GPS tracker and map, and hand out your equipment. Once you are set up you’re ready to go and have fun!

From Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon“) you will visit the Tunnel of Sete Cidades and go through the village, passing by the Parish Church of Sao Nicolau and its gardens. Witness in first hand the traditional way of life of the locals by visiting the shrine dedicated to the Holy Spirit, stop at the local bakery for some freshly baked homemade bread, cycle by traditional rural houses and take in the beauty of nature at Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon“). Crossing the bridge dividing the green and blue lagoons, you will cycle along the banks of Lagoa Azul, going to the Peninsula and ending in the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Silence Bay“).

– For a better view and a more detailed itinerary of this route, please download the AlltTails App by clicking in the following title: E-MTB: Self-guided Tour | Inside Caldeira of Sete Cidades.

ITINERARY 2: Caldeira of Sete Cidades & Cumeeira Pequena – Take a better look at the best Sete Cidades have to offer! Cycle along the banks of Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde (“Blue Lagoon and Green Lagoon“), visit the viewpoints of Lagoa do Santiago (“Lagoon of Santiago“), Lagoa Rasa (“Shallow Lagoon“) and Vista do Rei (“King’s View Viewpoint“) and take a thrilling bike ride around Cumeeira Pequena (“Small Summit Rim“).

DESCRIPTION: At the starting point, we will spend around 15 minutes to give you a quick safety briefing, a demonstration on how to use your E-Bike and all its functions, show you how to use your GPS tracker and map, and hand out your equipment. Once you are set up you’re ready to go and have fun!

Setting off, you will head over the bridge dividing Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon”) and Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon”) enjoying the lakeside view towards the Peninsula and the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Silence Bay“). Heading back to the bridge along easy dirt tracks, up next you will encounter a long and steep ascent on the main road, along which you can stop at the viewpoints of Lagoa de Santiago (“Santiago Lagoon“) and Cerrado das Freiras (which basically means “Nuns Haven”). Continuing onwards and upwards till finally reaching Vista do Rei (“King’s View Viewpoint“) for a magnificent view of the lagoons below, prepare yourself as a more adventurous trail lies ahead, taking you along Cumeeira Pequena (“Small Summit Rim“) on a graveled road. Passing the Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint you will finish the tour going down through the heart of the village of Sete Cidades, passing by the Parish Church of Sao Nicolau and its gardens, leading you back to Lagoa Azul.

– For a better view and a more detailed itinerary of this route, please download the AlltTails App by clicking in the following title: E-MTB: Self-guided Tour | Caldeira of Sete Cidades & Cumeeira Pequena.

ITINERARY 3: Caldeira of Sete Cidades + Lagoa do Canário & Cumeeira Grande – An adventurous ride requiring an adequate level of fitness, cycling around Cumeeira Grande (“Big Summit Rim“) of Sete Cidades, passing by various viewpoints and points of interest along the way that are well worth breaking a sweat over.

DESCRIPTION: At the starting point, we will spend around 15 minutes to give you a quick safety briefing, a demonstration on how to use your E-Bike and all its functions, show you how to use your GPS tracker and map, and hand out your equipment. Once you are set up you’re ready to go and have fun!

Setting off with an easy warm up along the banks of Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon“), taking you to the Peninsula, the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Silence Bay“) and through dirt roads back to the bridge, your tour then takes you up a long, steep and winding main road, along which you may stop at the viewpoints of Lagoa de Santiago (“Lagoon of Santiago“) and Cerrado das Freiras (which basically means “Nuns Haven”). Continuing onwards and upwards around Lagoa de Santiago, taking a short but exciting detour up through an overgrown trail to the hidden viewpoint of Lagoa Rasa (“Shallow Lagoon“), you will continue ascending back on the main road until reaching the park hosting Lagoa do Canario (“Canary Lagoon“). You may leave your bicycle in the parking area and walk up to the famous viewpoint of Boca do Inferno. Back on the main road again, you will be taken by old aqueducts and Muro das Nove Janelas (“Wall of Nine Windows“), from which a more adventurous trail awaits, starting with a long steep incline up to Cumeira Grande (“Big Summit Rim“) where you will enjoy magnificient views of Pico da Cruz, and have fun on the graveled trail winding down, up and around the Big Caldeira Rim until reaching the viewpoint of Cumeeiras. The rest of the trail will continue taking you around the rim with views to the lagoons on one side and views to Mosteiros on the other. The final part of this tour will take you down through the village of Sete Cidades, passing the Parish Church of Sao Nicolau, and finishing back at the Blue Lagoon.

– For a better view and a more detailed itinerary of this route, please download the AlltTails App by clicking in the following title: E-MTB: Self-guided Tour | Caldeira of Sete Cidades + Lagoa do Canário & Cumeeira Grande.

ITINERARY 4: Lagoa do Canário / Cumeeira Grande & Vista do Rei / Cumeeira Pequena – This is our most adventurous tour, visiting all the main highlights of Sete Cidades while taking you up steep inclines, covering hard terrain and ending with a downhill track making it the ideal tour for experienced cyclists with a taste for adrenaline.

DESCRIPTION: At the starting point, we will spend around 15 minutes to give you a quick safety briefing, a demonstration on how to use your E-Bike and all its functions, show you how to use your GPS tracker and map, and hand out your equipment. Once you are set up you’re ready to go and have fun!

You will start with a relaxed ride to warm you up, crossing the bridge between Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon“) and Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon“) and taking a dirt track along the banks of Lagoa Azul. Going around the Peninsula, passing the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Silence Bay“) before heading back to the bridge, you will head up the long steep main road, along which you may stop at the viewpoints of Lagoa de Santiago (“Santiago Lagoon“) and Cerrado das Freiras (which basically means “Nuns Haven”). Going around Lagoa de Santiago via the main road, you will take a short but exciting detour through an overgrown graveled track, taking you up to a hidden viewpoint of Lagoa Rasa (“Shallow Lagoon“). Back on the main road you will make your way up until reaching the park hosting Lagoa do Canario (“Canary Lagoon“), where you will enter for a quick visit to the lagoon and head deeper into the parking area where you may leave your bicycle to go check out on foot the famous viewpoint of Boca do Inferno. Heading back on the main road, your tour will take you down past old aqueducts and Muro das Nove Janelas (“Wall of Nine Windows“), where lying ahead will be a more adventurous trail, starting with a long and steep ascent reaching Pico da Cruz where you will be rewarded with spectacular 360º views. The trail continues winding up, down and around Cumeeira Grande (“Big Summit Rim“) on a graveled road passing by the viewpoint of Cumeeiras, and continuing onwards all the way around the Cumeeira Grande. Passing the viewpoint of Lomba do Vasco you will start the graveled track onto Cumeeira Pequena (“Small Summit Rim“) enjoying views from a different perspective onto the lagoons, the village below and the sea view on the other side. The Cumeeira Pequena trail ends at the popular viewpoint of Vista do Rei (“King’s View“), where you shall get ready for an adrenaline rush as the last part of the tour will take you on a 3 km downhill track. Starting with a steep descent on a graveled road which will lead you to a narrow off the beaten track route (which is often muddy, wet and overgrown), passing through the forest until ending at Lagoa Verde.

– For a better view and a more detailed itinerary of this route, please download the AlltTails App by clicking in the following title: E-MTB: Self-guided Tour | Lagoa do Canário / Cumeeira Grande & Vista do Rei / Cumeeira Pequena

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (Note: Trails may be muddy – light wind and waterproof clothing is recommended);
  • Individual water bottle;
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen;
  • Small backpack (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Cycling Helmets and Gloves;
  • GPS with respective recorded path;
  • Map with descriptions and explanations of the route;
  • First Aid Kit and emergency contacts;
  • Basic Repair Kit;
  • Personal Accident Insurance;
  • Bicycle Lock Cable;
  • Reflective Vest.

NOTE THAT:

1.  Meeting Point is always the same: at the shores of Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), next to the parking area and the snack-bar / restaurant named “Green Love, as shown on each Itinerary map;

2.  We give tolerance of 5 Km and 30 minutesExceeding the predetermined distance and / or time will lead to a penalty of 15€ per bicycle. Exceeding more than 30 minutes will lead to an additional 10€ charge per bicycle for every 30 minutes passing the designated schedule;

3.  Accountability for the bicycles through: Signature of Personal Liability Document; and Availability of identification documents before the tour starts.

 

APART FROM THIS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT US IF YOU:

  • Plan to book an excursion for a group with more than 6 people;
  • Are interested in trying different activities or locations. Other options are available upon request;
  • Can’t find the ideal booking option or date to fit your plans. We will try to make it possible for you.

Our Cancellation Policy is described in our Terms and Conditions. It’s important to read them before making any decisions.

If you’re interested, you can also buy one of our Aluminium Water Bottles or Tea/Coffee Cups for an extra 5€. In doing so, you will be helping in the preservation of our environment, while taking back home a useful and unique souvenir that will remind you everyday of the great time you had in the Azores and with FUN Activities!