Parque Terra Nostra

Parque Terra Nostra, Furnas: Hours, Address, Parque Terra Nostra Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Terra Nostra
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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A must see in the heart of São Miguel Island, inside of Furnas Valley, Terra Nostra Garden dates back to 1775, when American merchant Thomas Hickling fell in love with Furnas and decided to create the perfect relaxation haven which still seduces every visitor today. Aside from its large Camellia Collection (over 600 species, some of which unique in the World) and other rare species, the park surrounding Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is known worldwide for its Thermal Pool, filled with volcanic water from the hot springs at a steady 40°C (104°F), rich in iron and other minerals highly beneficial for the skin and creating complete and unparalleled relaxation.
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany390 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited the park in the morning just after reserving a table for lunch at the Restaurante Terra Nostra.

The park is so big and amazing! Get lost int it and be amazed! There is a lot to see so make sure you have a lot of time to explore it. There are lots of beautiful flowers, big trees and interesting plants. The landscaping is also really nice. You can also discover some ponds, lakes and streams.

After exploring the garden, we had lunch at the restaurant and head back to take a dip at the brownish water of the big thermal pool. It is at the middle of the garden and the highlight of the place.

The water is really relaxing and warm. Perfect for the weather as it was fresh with a bit of rain. Make sure you got old swimwear though as the water will stain your clothes.

Aside from the big thermal pool, there are also small thermal pools hidden behind some plants and bushes opposite the changing rooms and restrooms.

It is a relaxing place! We spent the whole day there.
Written June 30, 2020
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Terhikki Makela
United Kingdom13 contributions
Jul 2021
Terra Nostra Park is a paradise! We’we been there now twise due the park is so huge and full if amazing walking paths to explore, that even now we feel, we didn’t see it all. The vegetation is wild, colourful and well cared. The ”official” walking trail (about 3km) is easy way to see the big picture, but we recommend to step out of it and explore the small paths, see the surprising spots… watersprings, ponds, flowers, trees…much more than we ever expected.

The thermal pool is a must. The water is warm and rich of good minerals…just for relaxing and refreshing your body as well as your mind.

In the restaurant close by we enjoyed wonderful meal and nice drinks with very pleasant service. Pricing is in balance with quality of menu; don’t really break the budget. After two full days at Terra Nostra Park we are thinking that we might still go back there; we have a few days still left in this amazing island.
Written July 17, 2021
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Carli M
Canada199 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I very much enjoyed this place and I only had time to explore the baths, so try to give yourself the time to do the garden as well. I'd suggest at least a full hour for the baths including changing, drying off etc. Unless you don't like hot water. The orange colour is very disconcerting but it does come out of clothes and skin (hair takes a bit longer if you have lighter hair, so I'd tie it up). It did not, at the time, smell of anything unpleasant like sulphur or similar. All I could smell mostly was the growing greenery all around. Entry cost was 10 euros and well worth it.
Written May 19, 2022
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Tea Vukicevic
12 contributions
Jun 2021
Park is beautiful, no doubt in that. However, my grade for it would be Medium since I believe that price of 8 euros is too high.

If you visit the park and don't want to take a bath in a thermal pool, you will pay the full price anyway. We walked throughout the park and saw everything in 1 h. The island of Sao Miguel offers so much vegetation and landscapes to see for free, that 8 euros for 1 h walk in a park is too much.

You get a 20% discount in the restaurant but the restaurant is so expensive that it doesn't really pay off.
I paid 4.50 euros for a lemonade..
Written June 16, 2021
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CSNunes
Porto, Portugal136 contributions
Aug 2020
We visit in August 2020, it had just open its hot water pool and jacuzzies. It a Wednesday afternoon, it had few people, there was a limit imposed but it was far way from the limit. The hot water pool had no more than 20 people, it was very good and relaxing, it is really hot!! It really ruins your bathing suit. Please be aware that due to the restrictions you cannot change at the park, only the WC is open and you cannot change you clothes there. The thermal hot water jacuzzies are also open, but with restrictions, only one family at a time for 10 minutes. So the queue can get very big…. We were lucky since it was mid week and just in the first days. Hopefully thins will get better …. On the other hand, to have the jacuzzi all for yourself is great, one in a time experience!!!! The park is amazing, the gardening architecture, the rare plants, the small caves, the nenuphars, …..
Written September 18, 2020
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perakash
New Jersey415 contributions
Oct 2021
This place is on the grounds of a hotel but for 8 euros you can walk around the.gardens and use the mineral pool. There are extensive trails you can walk through the beautiful gardens .Well worth it. Unfortunately I fell earlier and my legs were covered in bandages so didn't use mineral pool
Written November 19, 2021
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pammyp181
Vilamoura, Portugal19 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited here on a day when the weather was very mixed. Even though we had quite a bit of rain it didn’t spoil our day. The gardens are amazing, different every time you turn a corner. The streams with the Koi carp amused us, the fish follow you, hoping for food.
The highlight of the visit was the warm water pool. Ok, it doesn’t look great, but don’t be put off. It’s a really nice sensation just floating about in that hot water. Make sure you take a swimsuit, but not a new one, as the colour is difficult to get out. This park was one of the highlights to our Azores trip
Written October 13, 2020
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Victoria Gry
Le Chesnay, France4 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Refined park with incredible variety of plants, don’t miss a stroll along the walking trails. Hot springs are just divine!
Due to Covid-19 showers and dressing rooms are not available. Water may color your bathing suit as well as towels and clothes (since showers are closed), I would recommend to avoid white and light colors.
Written October 23, 2020
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Iguana Hunter
Andalucia, Spain488 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent about an hour and a half strolling the grounds. With your admission fee, €8.00 per adult, you can use the thermal pool. They have a good map and guide to get you around they extensive grounds. We were here in early March, and the flowers showings were wonderful. We saw very few people, and thoroughly enjoyed our tie there.
Written March 5, 2020
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Sean M
Alfred, ME423 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful gardens and Hot baths, the main pool is very orange; but the smaller tubs are clearer and have fountains that pour water on your head and body. Very nice experience, wear a dark colored suit or old one as it may dis color.
Pro tip, have lunch at the restaurant and get a admission ticket for the park, saved $8 each to get in.
Written February 23, 2020
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