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Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha

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Address: Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal
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+351 914 748 604
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09:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Caldeira Velha is a protected area classified as a Natural Monument of Sao...

Caldeira Velha is a protected area classified as a Natural Monument of Sao Miguel Natural Park and a Geosite of Azores Geopark.

This space includes the presence of two natural swimming pools: one with a waterfall and the water is around 26°C and another one around 38°C.

As a protected area of ​​the Sao Miguel Natural Park you will find a Environmental Interpretation Centre, with information about the natural history of the Azores: volcanic origin of the islands, geodiversity, biodiversity and geothermal power plants, and thermalism. You can ask your tour at the Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural pools.

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Visit in the morning

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 (38degrees). Unfortunately the shower was cold.

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Dubai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 in the pools. There are two pools about 20 metres in diameter. We loved the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such an interesting place to visit and very popular. They have changing rooms for those who wish to take a dip in the warm water. I didn't because of the cold day, but others did. The boiling water and places on the ground around the pool were fascinating .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Expect to pay 2 euros to enter. It's worth a visit but not a must see. Good luck with the restrooms.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Fantasic, this place is like a scene from a Hollywood movie. It has changing facilites and showers. There are 2 pools which yoy can bath in. The main attraction one is breath takin but in the 20 degrees or so. The smaller one is much warmer and smells of sulpher. This is a great place and it only cost 2... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place is beyond description. It is like a scene out of a movie. Surrounded by sounds of nature including birds. (Assuming other guests are being quiet). The water is heated naturally by coming from the volcanic underground. They have modernized it now with change rooms and an Volcano info center.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Very relaxing place to walk and have a thermal bath. You can watch the real endemics from the Azores.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This review is just for the Interpretation Centre, not the park as a whole. The staff at the centre were very knowledgeable and friendly, helping us to understand the makeup and future plans for the area and providing information on local plants and birds. Interesting exhibits. Picked up some very informative literature at a reasonable price. There are so many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Small but idyllic. Perfect for pictures. The waterfall was lovely but that pool was a bit cold. But once you get in it's great. Then we walked over to the hot pool which has a scent of sulfur, but it's incredibly warm and cozy. There's also a small centre with information about the area and the flora and fauna. And... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

very warm, is popular with tourists. Go later at night or early mornings to appreciate. Food stall is reasonably priced too

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