Located on the main isle of Sao Miguel, Azores. Cache elevation: about 635 m.
It is possible to walk all around and above the beautiful crater of Sete Cidades!
The cache location and the path to it provides magnificent views all around and inside the crater, over a great part of Sao Miguel Island and over the ocean. If you want to fully enjoy this hunt, choose a clear day to find the cache.
There is not too much climbing and it is certainly not difficult.
* CACHE LOCATION *
The cache area can be reached following a dirt road (it is also a Pedestrian Trail, ref. "PR4SMI") that goes around part of the crater.
If you don't care too much for your car, you can even drive to the cache [photo of dirt road to the cache]. I went there with an old car, in dry weather, without any trouble.
IF YOU GO BY CAR: Either start at the given waypoint (N 37° 49.909 W 025° 45.187 ), or go west from 'Sete Cidades', then around 'Caldeira do Alferes' to meet the same walking trail north of 'Caldeira do Alferes' (see blue arrow on this map image ).
[OPTIONAL: Download trail brochure, GPS track or see photos of trail's points of interest.
There are at least two more hiking trails around Sete Cidades, that can be linked together to one great tour! The length all together would be 21 km, and it is a great joy from beginning to end.)
When you arrive to Ponta Delgada airport go to the Tourist Office, and ask for Pedestrian trails brochures, or check this page. This cache can be accessed via Pedestrian Trail ref. "PR4SMI".
The cache "Around SETE CIDADES", by geocacher RedRocks, was archived and this one is a substitute (of a substitute) cache. The text above was adapted from the original cache page.
Legend of the Lagoons of the Seven Cities A long time ago, in the place where today is the town of Sete Cidades (the Seven Cities), there was a prosperous kingdom where lived a young princess very , beautiful and kind. The princess adored the country life and frequently she walked the fields, delighting herself with the murmuring of the rivers or the green beauty of mounts and valleys. One day, the princess of pretty blue eyes, during her stroll, came to a field where a flock grazed. In the shade of a tree she came across with a shepherd of green eyes. They spoke of the animals and other simple but beautiful things, and they soon got passionate. In the following days and weeks they had always met in the same place, to the shade of the old tree and the love was growing of such form that they had changed oaths of perpetual love. However, the notice of the meeting between the princess and the shepherd arrived at the knowledge of the king, whom desired to see the son married one of the princes of the neighboring kingdoms and soon he forbade to come back to see the shepherd.
The princess, knowing that the king would not turn back on his word, accepted the decision, but asked for him to allow a final meeting with the shepherd of the valley. The king acceded to the order.
They met for the last time under the shade of the old tree and spoke long of their love and separation. While they spoke, they cried and in such a way they had cried that the tears of the blue eyes of the princess had been falling in the soil and had formed a blue lagoon. The fallen tears of the eyes of the shepherd were as much and so felt that they had formed a tame green water lagoon, so green as its eyes. They had been broken up, but the two lagoons formed for tears, had been forever joined and are called Lagoons of the Seven Cities. One is the Blue Lagoon, to another one it is the Green Lagoon and in days of sun its colors are more intense and reflect the shining look of the enamored princess and the shepherd.
Lenda das Lagoas das Sete Cidades Há muito, muito tempo, existia, no lugar onde hoje fica a freguesia das Sete Cidades, um reino próspero e aí vivia uma princesa muito jovem, bela e bondosa, que crescia cada dia em tamanho, gentileza e formosura. A princesa adorava a vida campestre e frequentemente passeava pelos campos, deliciando-se com o murmurar das ribeiras ou com a beleza verdejante dos montes e vales. Um dia, a princesa de lindos olhos azuis, durante o seu passeio, foi dar a um prado viçoso onde pastava um rebanho. À sombra da ramagem de uma árvore deparou com o pastor de olhos verdes. Falaram dos animais e de outras coisas simples, mas belas e ficaram logo apaixonados. Nos dias e semanas seguintes encontraram-se sempre no mesmo local, à sombra da velha árvore e o amor foi crescendo de tal forma que trocaram juras de amor eterno. Porém, a notícia dos encontros entre a princesa e o pastor chegou ao conhecimento do rei, que desejava ver a filha casada com um dos príncipes dos reinos vizinhos e logo a proibiu de voltar a ver o pastor. A princesa, sabendo que a palavra do rei não volta atrás, acatou a decisão, mas pediu que lhe permitisse mais um encontro com o pastor do vale. O rei acedeu ao pedido. Encontraram-se pela última vez sob a sombra da velha árvore e falaram longamente do seu amor e da sua separação. Enquanto falavam, choravam e tanto choraram que as lágrimas dos olhos azuis da princesa foram caindo no chão e formaram uma lagoa azul. As lágrimas caídas dos olhos do pastor eram tantas e tão sentidas que formaram uma mansa lagoa de águas verdes, tão verdes como os seus olhos. Separaram-se, mas as duas lagoas formadas por lágrimas, ficaram para sempre unidas e são chamadas de Lagoas das Sete Cidades. Uma é a Lagoa Azul, a outra é a Lagoa Verde e em dias de sol as suas cores são mais intensas e reflectem o olhar brilhante da princesa e do pastor enamorados.