Furnas, Azores: Where Nature Breathes!
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 from Ponta Delgada!
If you are looking for a more relaxing holiday, maybe a wellness stay, you should definitely consider staying at one of the hotels in Furnas. They provide several treatments and you’ll be far away from the hustle of the capital.
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. The lagune near Furnas is definitely one of the top things to do when visiting Portugal.
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.
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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.
Visit Lagoa das Furnas
The Lagoas das Furnas is one of Sao Miguel’s most important crater lakes. It is located a short walk from the village of Furnas. I particularly enjoyed its tranquility. The setting is absolutely peaceful.
However the main attraction of Furnas Lake are the stews that are being cooked in the boiling water of the hot springs. This tradition has a long history and I was amazed to see how the local’s use nature’s energy to cook. You cannot eat them there but in any restaurant in Furnas.
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.
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For more information on tourism in São Miguel, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism in São Miguel, Azores
For Activities on Sao Miguel, Azores, I recommend GetYourGuide.com