Furnas (Azores): where nature breathes!

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Furnas offers the quintessence of São Miguel, Azores: thermal waters, crater lakes, volcanoes, hearty food... The small city, part of a dormant volcano massif, offers many exciting activities for a day excursion!

 

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Furnas with the typical hydrangea in foreground

Hiking in Furnas, Azores

Nothing better than to start your day in Furnas with an easy hike around the lake Lagoa das Furnas! The Neogothic chapel Ermida da Nossa Senhora das Vitorias, the fumaroles and hot mud pools in the northern part of the lake are attractive curiosities during the hike.

 

On weekends, you can see how the locals cook their stews inside the mud pools. A hearty Cozido das Furnas cooked in fumaroles can also be enjoyed in many restaurants in town and is the best meal to recover from the hike. Discover more delicious food from the Azores.

 

Read here 10 more reasons why to visit Azores. 

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The colour of the water is due to the presence of cyanobacterias which react with the free iron.

Take a Bath in Furnas Hot Springs

 

The thermal hot springs are the perfect afternoon plan in Furnas! There are 2 in town: Poça da Dona Beija (cute and tiny for 3.5€) and Terra Nostra Garden. The entrance fee of 6€ includes the visit of the Botanical Garden (according to a local "the most beautiful park in Europe"!) and the use of the thermal outdoor pool during the entire day! I choose the Terra Nostra Garden for my pampering day!

 

The views from the swimming pool on the green mountains with light fog on top, will leave you speechless. It could have been one of the best days in my life if a class of noisy children wouldn't have had the same plan as me!! 

 

But even noisy children couldn't prevent the tremendous relaxing effect of the hot water! The water with an average temprature of 39ºC has therapeutic effects and the muds are indicated for cutaneous invigoration. All in all after your visit you will feel all relaxed and totally in peace with the world.

 

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Yankee Hall in Terra Nostra Garden

Paulina's Favourite Thing To Do

Paulina's tip: Take a hitchhike to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint which offers you the best panorama view on Furnas, the crater lake and the volcano massif. 

 

Do you want to make your stay in Furnas, Azores memorable? Why not enjoy Furnas Hot Springs at Night with Dinner?

 

What else can you do on São Miguel, Azores? Here the 6 Must Dos!

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Nature is breathing in Furnas
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Caldeiras to cook the stew at the Lagoa das Furnas
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Hot springs in midst of the town
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Preparing the corncobs in volcanic heat
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Corncob cooked in a fumarole...Yummy!

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Excursions starting from Furnas

 

Sete Cidades

Vila Franca

Lagoa do Fogo

 

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For more information on tourism in São Miguel, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism in São Miguel, Azores

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For Activities on Sao Miguel, Azores, I recommend GetYourGuide.com

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