Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

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Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
4.5
from £26.47
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 purpose of promoting the particular environmental values, allowing the visitor to discover in loco the particularities of this point of interest and acting as a complementary space of informal education. At the same time offers a wide network of resources and promotes a touristic component. It is also possible to enjoy three thermal pools and a walking trail at the Natural Monument. Concentrated in a space surrounded by natural landscape, the building is noteworthy for being an “object stamped on the landscape”, which adapts to the existing vegetation and rocks, granting it an organic image, consistent with the space.
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany390 contributions
Relaxing thermal pools in the middle of nature
Jul 2019
The whole area is very beautiful well maintained. The path leading to the thermal pool is really nice. Pure nature! The fee is minimal which is valid for a few hours, which is actually enough. The are is not really big. There are changing rooms, restrooms and lockers too. There are several thermal pools where you can enjoy the warm waters. They are not so big though so it can get crowded. Still nice and relaxing though. The pool with the waterfalls is not so warm but very pretty. We visited one cloudy afternoon and it was a bit crowded. Perhaps early morning is better?
Written 30 June 2020
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Paulo Carvalho
Coimbra, Portugal19 contributions
My favorite hotsprings in São Miguel Island
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is my favorite nature hotspring on the entire island. There’s a lot to explore inside the park, a couple of hours should be enough to explore the waterfall and enjoy the hotspring.
Written 9 March 2020
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Sean M
Alfred, ME421 contributions
Amazing thermal pools and water falls
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful path ways and pools and water falls, there are changing areas and bath rooms near the pools. It was a small fee of $3 to enter and $8 to swim. The water here was bubbling and had a sign warning of Temps.
Written 24 February 2020
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Tim Johnson
Minneapolis, MN8 contributions
Variety of thermal pools!
Jun 2019 • Friends
Another gem of the Azores. We visited these pools on the last day of our trip, which was a nice way to unwind. It was a colder day however it was still a busy place. Everyone was super friendly and we ended up talking to quite a few folks while enjoying the pools. This is easily accessible as you can drive to the entrance. The only downside is that it was busy and a little crowded.
Written 11 February 2020
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venisonking
Ontario, Canada189 contributions
nice
Jan 2020
It was a rainy, foggy day when we went here so the thermal spa was closed. The interpretation centre was informative, but not sure its worth the 3 euro each since the visit was very short.
Written 5 February 2020
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Matteo R
Syracuse, Italy271 contributions
Just breathtaking
Jan 2020
We came here on a cold January morning, but we didn't want to miss out on this experience. Since a couple of years, this little park asks for an entrance fee (both for visiting and bathing) and there is a ample car park nearby. There are changing booths, WC, showers and a small information center. Recommend to first take a bath in the 24°C pool and waterfall before you head to the 38°C hot springs. It was early morning but already very crowded. Nevertheless an unforgettable experience not to be missed!
Written 11 January 2020
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Thomas M
Littleton, NH5,094 contributions
Think ahead - bring a bathing suit
Nov 2019 • Couples
There are numerous volcanic calderas on the island. This one is particularly beautiful. Because of the volcanic hot springs there are three pools that people love to soak in. If you are only interested in taking an easy hike through the park and taking pictures, the entrance fee is less. Since my wife and I are both seniors & we were not going to bathe in the pools It was only €1.5 each. It is a beautiful park with rich rain forrest vegetation. The pools are beautiful and several were taking advantage of it. The whole area is an educational center and there are displays and info at several spots in the park.
Written 24 November 2019
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ckbucks
Guilford, CT176 contributions
Breath taking botanical retreat.
Nov 2019
The natural hot springs were amazing to look at. At one spring the water was actually bubbling . We were on a tour so it was disappointing that we did not have time to actually go into the pool. I would strongly recommend renting a car to fully enjoy enough time to enjoy this spectacular spot.
Written 10 November 2019
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Dalle1985
Esbjerg, Denmark181 contributions
Remember to bring your swimsuit!
Aug 2019
This is a very interesting place with hot springs arranged in natural pools dotted down the trail inside something which resembles an old rain forrest. Make sure to time your visit to avoid the crowds. During peak hours, there are limits to how many people are allowed into the hotsprings. You can still enter the park, but you will not be allowed in the hot springs.
Written 1 November 2019
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ToughMudderHero
Holbaek, Denmark82 contributions
Lovely hot baths in a spectacular setting
Oct 2019
Not cheap to visit (€8 for an adult, €3 if you don't swim) but worth it. There are changing cubicles and lockers (€5 deposit per locker) for your clothes, as well as a small but good information centre that tells you the geological history of the island. There are 4 pools, 3 of which are fed directly from the very hot spring, and a 4th at the top which is fed by a warm waterfall. They're all shallow and somewhere to relax and enjoy the surroundings. At peak times it is very busy though, and if it has rained lots they will close the pools (as we found out the first time we visited), so choose your time to go! If you're pushed for time and then I would say the thermal pools at Furnas are better, albeit more developed. You feel much closer to nature at these pools, and as some of the other reviews have stated, it is quite Jurassic Park-esque! There's a new car park that isn't on google steetview, with plenty of parking.
Written 31 October 2019
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