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Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

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The Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIACV) is a structure dedicated to the promotion of the natural heritage of the Caldeira Velha´s area, which is classified as a Natural Monument. The building has, among other aspects, the main...more
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Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal
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All reviews changing rooms hot springs hot pools warm water jurassic park small waterfall waterfall pool information centre entrance fee short walk lush vegetation volcanic activity euros per person arrive early warmer pool bit crowded beautiful park
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely try to get to the farthest pool with the waterfall. It may be the coldest (26 degrees) but well worth it...and it was in winter. The park is great and the staff very helpful

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Daren-Tracey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend recommended me this place so I went with my dad a couple of weeks ago. It was so beautiful and relaxing, we also saw frongs by the pool. There are 5 hot spring pools and a waterfall and it's in the middle of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ncabellovidal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are jungle, thermal spa, waterfall, etc. It's better to arrive by driving and spend much time rather than the part of the tour.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 590jhl
Reviewed 28 January 2019

Gorgeous setting. Even if you don't want to go into one of the four pools, go for the short walk in a beautiful setting. 3 € entry (only 1 € if you are over 65) and 5 € for bathing (3 € for seniors). Three...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PlanetMoores
Reviewed 17 January 2019

We came on a rainy day with no interest in the pools and enjoyed an hour or so of taking in the natural, unspoiled beauty of the area. We came as part of a photography tour, and were glad we did.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelmakesUrich
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

This place is interesting for some parts. It allows for true feeling of being in the jungle and what the natural trees are. The downside is that it is a hot spring and that is the primary focus. There are multiple pools to sit and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mattrK3373WT
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Wonderful to relax in the hot springs...and wonder at quite how hot they are (about 40 degrees centigrade). Like being in the rain forest but in a warm bath. Great info on geothermal emery too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lhosa D
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Located on the way to see Lagoa do Fogo. This hot spring is a beautiful place to stop off and relax for an hour. Parking is tricky and most people just park on the narrow road. There are actual parking spots if you’re lucky enough...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CrazyUncleLew
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

We visited this place in November, during the off-season, but there were still a lot of people there. The hot water pools were even a bit crowded, so we skipped those. The trail to the top of the waterfall was closed too, because the slopes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Helschip
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

In the Caldeira Velha you can find the information center about the vulcanic history of the Azores islands and the area in particular. Don’t expect high-tech multi media presentations, it’s just a couple of information signs in a building. However, it’s quite informative to read.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Melissa L
11 March 2017|
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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🙂