In the town of Furnas the “Caldeiras”, are even more spectacular. Many openings in the earth sprout geysers of boiling hot water. The medicinal mud and the faucets of Caldeira, Furnas mineral waters of various tastes and temperatures are all conditions which make “Furnas” one of the richest hydrologic regions in Europe.
The Thermal Baths make good use of these waters and muds by using immersion baths, showers and mud applications to treat various disorders, or just for your relaxation. A doctor, specialized in thermal treatments is available.
The “Terra Nostra” Park, behind the hotel of the same name, is one of the most beautiful parks in São Miguel. This 18th century park consists of small trails circling artistically groomed lakes, and streams, bushes of colourful and exotic flowers and century old trees of great botanical value. A lake-pool of thermal iron water, dominated by the “Casa do Park” (Park House), the former summer home of its’ founder, Thomas Hickling, complements the intoxicating mood instilled by this incredible park.
The Poça da Dona Beija is a newly renovated location consisting of a natural hot water spring with two thermal swimming pools and a river with a removable flood-gate, changing rooms, showers and bathrooms. Warm waters make relaxation baths possible throughout the year.
“Ribeira Quente” (hot stream), a small fishing village approximately 6 km from Furnas, offers an excellent beach. “Praia do Fogo” or Fire Beach, received its name as water in some areas is warmer due to the underwater volcanic activity.