Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
If you visit my blog regularly, you probably know that I have already dedicated a number of posts to the spectacular landscape around the Sete Cidades Volcanic Lakes Complex but as far as I remember, I never published anything about the town of Sete Cidades itself so let me do it today :)
I decided to wrap up my Beauties of Azores photo series with this special post two weeks ago so this is not going to be an official episode of it but rather just a little collection of pictures that I took in this adorable tiny town.
Located on the bottom of a large volcanic crater on the Azores Island of Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades is one of the civil parishes of the island and also a miniature town that consists of literally just a few streets.
The most dominant architectural landmark of the town is the Sao Nicolau Church, a beautiful Neo-Gothic church that was built here in 1849.
There is a narrow alley of pine trees and hydrangea plants leading to the front door of the church. It must be an amazing colorful spectacle when the hydrangeas are in full bloom.
The town of Sete Cidades is situated right on the banks of two volcanic lakes. Lagoa Azul (the Blue Lake)...
...and Lagoa Verde (the Green Lake).
The lakes are separated by a bridge but as you can see in the following shot, a part of the bride is actually an aqueduct so the lakes are practically still connected.
It was on this very bridge where I saw and captured what must have been the most distinct and colorful rainbow in my life so far. It formed over the Blue Lake.
Let me now show you a few random street photos.
Yes, the hydrangeas are everywhere in this town. Just as I already mentioned though - I wish we had a chance to see these amazing flowers in their peak season.
Another typical feature found all over the town are these lovely signs. This unique style of decorative ceramic tilework is called azulejo. It can actually be found on the Portuguese mainland too.
In the northern part of the town, just a short from the walk from the "center", there is this beautiful little park / chill out area on the bank of the Blue Lake.
The vegetation is incredibly lush and green here. You can also find some very interesting trees in this area.
The "center" of the town might look a bit touristy sometimes (especially in the high season) as that is where a few restaurants and shops are but I usually encountered just very few people in the green area north of the main street. It´s a great place to enjoy some nice peaceful moments of relaxation and connection with the renowned Azorean nature.
Let me wrap this post up with a panoramic view of Sete Cidades and its unique location by the lakes that I admired and captured from a lookout spot above the town.
And that´s it. I hope you enjoyed this special photo collection dedicated to the beauty of Sete Cidades, one of the most picturesque towns I have ever been to. As usually, all images featured in this post are mine.
Thanks for your attention. Have a great day :)