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Pico do Carvão Viewpoint (Miradouro do Pico do Carvão)
Pico do Carvão Viewpoint (Miradouro do Pico do Carvão)

Pico do Carvão Viewpoint (Miradouro do Pico do Carvão)

Pico do Carvão, Ponta Delgada, Portugal

The basics

Because of its arresting vistas, Pico do Carvão Viewpoint is a staple of Sao Miguel sightseeing tours, which typically depart from the island’s capital city, Ponta Delgada. Excursions tend to combine stops at the Pico do Carvão Viewpoint with visits to the otherworldly landscapes of Sete Cidades, also home to twin lakes with unreal blue-hued waters. Some tours also stop at the coastal geothermal pool areas of Termas da Ferraria.

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Things to know before you go

  • Due to its elevated location, it's generally windy at the top of Pico do Carvão, so ensure that you take a jacket.
  • Though relatively short, the trail leading to the viewpoint can be steep and slippery, so ensure that you wear hiking shoes with good grip.
  • There is a parking lot at the viewpoint.
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How to get there

Non-stop flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel depart daily. From the airport in Ponta Delgada, it’s a 20-minute drive to Pico do Carvao. In order to avoid navigating winding roads, opt for a day trip that includes round-trip transfers.

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When to get there

For far-reaching views, visit Pico do Carvão Viewpoint on a clear and sunny day. To avoid large groups, visit in the morning or at sunset, when the surroundings look most magical.

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Discovering Sete Cidades

Undoubtedly Sao Miguel’s top attraction, the volcanic landscapes of Sete Cidades really pack a punch. The area is home to two interlinked lakes: Lago Azul, a brilliant shade of blue, and Lago Verde, whose waters are a shimmering green. Admire the scenery from several hiking trails or from a lookout point that’s reachable by 4WD.

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