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Sao Miguel, Portugal
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Ranked #4 of 35 attractions in Sao Miguel
Type: Bodies of Water
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We did this on a rainy day, when the kids were beginning to question why we brought them to The Azores! The bubbling Caldeiras are smelly (sulphur!) but very interesting...the little science centre is particularly good, with highly knowledgeable assistants on hand to explain the microbiological research that is taking place... But for my sons it was a little too... More

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Barry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

See the boiling hot water coming out of the ground. Also to the part where they cook food in the ground. Make sure you try the mineral water from the drinking fountains in Furness,

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I think of Furnas everytime a foggy day comes along. We stayed in Ponta Delgada and rented a car, and even though this was a 45minute drive, we made it three times. We loved that you could stop off anywhere on the road and look at the beautiful sights, usually covered in fog. Furnas in April was very quiet, many... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The town of Furnas has a lot to offer tourists: * Fumaroles * Hot springs / geothermic pools to bathe in * Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens * A few kilometers outside town, the beautiful Furnas Lake, which you can walk around * By the lake, geothermic slow cooking pits, wherein stews are cooked by the local restaurants (and the local... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Absolutely love this place for its peacefulness and the steamy caldeiras. Admittedly the sulphur smell is a bit sickening and the smoked meal delicacy isn't my cuppa tea... But the thermal spa with different temperature pools, terra nostra garden with its birds and plants are extremely entertaining for us nature-minded. Recommended for everyone of all ages. Especially for those looking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The food in the area was so good, cooked by the steam. Don't try the water though, the natural springs are supposed to be good for you and heal any problem, taste foul. The area is nice and warm and there was a rainbow from the moisture every time I visited. Could get lost in the royal gardens in the... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Maybe Anthony Bourdain's show has colored my impressions of Furnas. Maybe I've been to Yellowstone too often. For a place like this, best to go with a tour guide who can work you up into a lather about the splendor of this smelly natural phenomenon.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

If you are visiting S. Miguel Island, in the Azores, it is a "must" to go to the so called Furnas, where you can see some vulcano atmosphere: waters boiling, a "violent" smell of vulcano activity...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Absolutely fascinating, a village wreathed in sulphurous smelling steam, coming through fissures in the ground and water bubbling in the streams and small ponds. Food is cooked by the lake just outside the village in buckets left in the ground - and ours, eaten later at a Furnas restaurant, was excellent (pork, chicken, beef, spicy sausage, beautiful black pudding, yams,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

you have to check out "As Furnas" when you go visit s. Miguel. It's crazy. They have whole area dedicated to hot water streams, and boiling water spots. They even slowcook food in the ground for you. There is also a spot where you can taste natural streaming mineral water that has different tastes, natural fizz, straight out of a... More

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