Lagoa do Fogo - Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Being a relatively small island, São Miguel has a surprisingly large number of volcanic craters, and many of them are occupied by picturesque lakes. Opinions among the locals vary as to which one is the most beautiful, but the strongest competitors are Lagoa das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. While the former can be traversed quite extensively by well maintained roads, and offers a civilized settlement for all your foodie needs, the latter requires a hike to be fully appreciated, and you better pack your own lunch, too! Armed with sandwiches made from bolos lêvedos we headed out for what is a paradise on Earth.
There are several ways to enjoy this location. Quite a few people were content just sitting at the top of the crater, looking out and "snapping" pictures from the parking lot.. Others, like us, were taking a hike down a fairly well marked trail.
Nestled in the middle of the ring of mountains, the lake feels quiet and peaceful. It’s not so much a spot to see, as it is a spot to experience: take your time and take it in. Perhaps it’s a good thing that Lagoa do Fogo is only accessible via somewhat more demanding trails – it forces you to slow down and get to know it a little better.
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