Everywhere in the Furnas, you can see volcanic phenomena. From the famous baked “cozido” – made under the earth – to the boilers and water springs, volcanic activity reminds us that São Miguel is not an extinct island. On the contrary! This vibrant activity is responsible for the fertile soils, the unique beauty of the entire Furnas Valley and the unique ways of life that have adapted to the extreme conditions of the place.Poça da Dona Beija“.
What else does the Furnas volcanism offer us? Continue reading to discover the cuisine Mother Nature offered to São Miguell!
The Furnas Valley is not really a valley but a huge crater of a volcano! After several volcanic eruptions, this crater was slaughtering giving place to a also enormous boiler. The Furnas were surrounded by mountains. Consequence? Great paragliding spots and magnificent viewpoints. Around the Furnas, the viewpoints leave great memories to those who visit them.
Terra Nostra Park
By 1775, Thomas Hickling, a wealthy merchant from Boston, who was the Honorary Consul of the United States in São Miguel, had a wooden house, named Yankee Hall, built as well as a large water tank with a island in the middle and surrounded it with trees. It is still possible today to see an English oak planted by Hickling.
The Furnas reserve us a huge gastronomic surprise. In Furnas Lagoon, the volcanic soil of high temperatures is the perfect “stove” to cook the “Cozido das Furnas” (Furnas stew).
The Furnas offer visitors many trails with different difficulties. The rails are frequently maintained and properly certified. They are also adapted to the age and physical condition of each walker. Thus, it is possible to enjoy the mountains and the viewpoints, or simply make a fantastic (and flat) turn around the Furnas Lagoon. Click here to see the trails of the whole island.
Photos kindly provided by Paulino Pavão