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Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha

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Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal
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Caldeira Velha is a protected area classified as a Natural Monument of Sao Miguel Natural Park and a geosite of Azores UNESCO Global Geopark. This natural area is a place of secondary volcanism of the Fogo Volcano. It is possible to observe a fumarola and a hot spring that through a stream feeds two natural pools: one with a waterfall, whose water is about 26ºC and the small pool with water at 38ºC. As a protected area and a geosite, exists an Environmental Interpretation Centre with information about the volcanic origin of the islands, the geodiversity and biodiversity of the Azores, with emphasis on Caldeira Velha, and geothermal powerplant. You may ask for your tour at the Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural pools.
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Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal
+351 296 470 779

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited while touring the Island. Simply peaceful, gorgeous! Changing rooms on site as well as bathrooms. So serene! 2 Euro entrance fee! If your doing a guided tour of the Island and this is a spot you plan on visiting, set aside 30 minutes so...More

Thank Barills
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one place you must see! The garden itself is beautiful and the pools are very pleasant although a bit crowded when we went there. Nevertheless it was magical. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquility.

Thank bernas68
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

A lot of flowers there and a large pool with term waret. Nice place you have to see. Tickets cost 8 euro per person(2017).

Thank Максим Б
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This place is just beautiful. There are really no words to describe this place. So relaxing, so unbelievably pure. The nature is second to none. You have to go.

Thank CatarinaCip
Reviewed 13 July 2017

When on the Azores, visit the calderas and the hot springs. 2 hot springs are available, one near the waterfall (temp of water +/- 26 degrees Celsius) luckily the waterfall is warm... the second is hotter, some 35 degrees Celsius. The changing cabins (only 4)...More

Thank sb01362
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a natural little river leading steep downwards through a valley overgrown with ferns and fern trees. The water in the pool at the waterfall provided a nice refreshing after a tiring hike down (and up) to Lagoa do Fogo. The waterfall there is...More

Thank Dudo2
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

A very nice place, though not very big. I have been told, that this quite peculiar location is one of São Miguel's most visited natural attractions. It is a nature reserve and an important fumarole field with degassing zones, and a thermal spring water with...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We visited caldeira velha after visiting Furnas. Caldeira Velha is beautiful, but we found it to be very crowded. There's a bigger pool that isn't so hot that children can enjoy swimming in and then a smaller pool with higher temperature that seemed to be...More

Thank Tracy Elissa N
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Nice fauna and flora. Liked to take a bath under the waterfall and the pool. You can also take little kids with you.

Thank Tobias B
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

The entrance costs only 2 euros! Unfortunately the waterfall pool was a bit cold due to the rain of the previous day, but the other one was very hot. It would have been better if it was less crowded but it was still worth it....More

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Melissa L
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Response from monochromexpeditions | Reviewed this property |
Sulphur and iron is heavy, will certainly stain a light colour so unless you want the 'ferrobranco' look go dark colours and nothing too absorbent🙂