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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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank springbank
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 28 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

1  Thank Besiana Y
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Basicly it has become far too touristic. You need to either make a booking so that you can get access to the hot springs or you have to break in in the middle of the night to be able to get access to the tiny...More

Thank Jose Q
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We like the place, is a lovely walk in middle of nature, well crafter paths shows you the way to the waterfall...

1  Thank aho3
Reviewed 16 January 2017

If you want peace and quite go in the morning. Even in January can be crowded. We arrived about 10am, it was perfect. After 11 many people came. The older and nicer pool wasn't warm enough for us (27degrees), but the other one was perfect...More

3  Thank AlinaMassier
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Beautiful location and surroundings. If you want to have a dip in the natural pools go super early, it opens at 9 am. I had gone to the Caldeira the previous day but it was so crowded my husband and I didn't feel comfortable going...More

1  Thank Ka W
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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🙂