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ProductID: 1200

Type: Full Day Tour Private

Country: Portugal

Theme: Private Shore and Chauffeur Guided Excursions

Region: Azores Islands

Group Size: 1 - 6 People

Start City: Ponta Delgada

Duration: 1 Day (Duration: 08h00 approx.)


 
Introduction:
Furnas is alive with volcanic activity, particularly at the site of the many caldeiras, where visitors can see the steaming geysers and hot bubbling springs (fumaroles) that provide the therapeutic mud and mineral water used for the spas treatments. The largest and nosiest of the hot springs is called Pro Botelho, a 16th century name for the devil.

On the west side of Lake Furnas lies Parque Terra Nostra, an enchanting park laid out more than 200 years ago in the style of an English garden. The hot springs on the lakes northern shores are where the islanders have for generations come to cook cozido, a rich meat and vegetable stew boiled underground in a huge pot for between five and seven hours.



 


 
Day by Day Itinerary:
1 Day (Duration: 08h00 approx.)

DAY 1:
SO MIGUEL ISLAND
- Departure from the Hotel at 9:30 AM towards Pico da Barrosa following the southern route. Stops to enjoy magnificent views over the Island and Lagoa do Fogo, a lake located in the bottom of an extinct volcano with white sand beaches and very clear waters. This lake is part of a Nature Reserve.
- The tour continues down the mountain towards Ribeira Grande, the second city of S. Miguel located on the Northern coast of the Island where you will visit the main monuments such as the Nossa Senhora da Estrela church* (* Closed on week-ends.) and the Ethnographic Museum.
- The tour continues along the Northern coast of the Island with a stop to further enjoy magnificent views of the Island at the Santa Iria Miradouro.
- The next stop is to visit the Gorreana tea plantations and factory.
- Crossing the Achada das Furnas plateau we reach the Pico do Ferro where you will be able to enjoy views over the Furnas valley and lake at the bottom of a large volcanic crater.
- From there you will continue to the shores of the lake to watch the removal of the Cozido lunch which had been buried, and cooked, over a 6 hour period in the surrounding hot-springs area.
- Lunch at a local restaurant in the Furnas village.
- Following lunch, visit the Terra Nostra park where you will be able to see various botanical species and a natural thermal swimming pool.
- Continue to the local hot-springs area to further observe volcanic phenomena.
- The Furnas valley, with its twenty two thermal springs, is considered one the richest hydrological areas of Europe.
- Return to Ponta Delgada passing the Furnas Lake, the village of Vila Franca, and the Agua dAlto and Milicias beaches.
- Arrival at the Hotel around 5:30 PM.
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