Lagoa das Furnas
Lagoa das Furnas
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  • Mike
    United States75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Truly unique and interesting sight!
    The bubbling furnas are sure to excite and intrigue! It was fascinating to learn about the history of this ancient volcano, and the geothermal attributes to this day. The lake and surrounding forest is stunning. It was also very neat to see the staff from the restaurants collect the pots of Cozido from the ground! Sadly, none was available for us to try from the cafe on site. This is a sight not to be missed during your visit to the Azores!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,275 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can see food cooked in the natural heat of the earth
    This geothermal park is fairly interesting. There are a number of steaming vents and several pools of bubbling water. What we found most interesting were the restaurants and individuals that use the natural heat of the earth to cook their food. If you are there between 12:15 and 12:45pm, you can witness several people removing pots of cooked food (cozido) from underground cooking ovens. It was interesting watching them uncover the buried food and remove the covered pots. We went a bit later to visit one of the nearby restaurants to try the food that had been cooked in the ground which was very good.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting to see!
    It costs 3 Euros to enter, but it is well worth it to see the fumaroles from the volcano. The locals use the volcano to cook their food. They place meat and vegetables in a pot and lower the pot into a hole in the ground. Geothermal heat cooks the dish. I saw them place food in the ground to cook and also saw others remove food that had already been cooked. (I had the cozida for lunch and it was delicious!) The calm lake makes a nice contrast with the erupting fumaroles.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 18, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It costs 3 Euros to enter, but it is well worth it to see the fumaroles from the volcano. The locals use the volcano to cook their food. They place meat and vegetables in a pot and lower the pot into a hole in the ground. Geothermal heat cooks the dish. I saw them place food in the ground to cook and also saw others remove food that had already been cooked. (I had the cozida for lunch and it was delicious!) The calm lake makes a nice contrast with the erupting fumaroles.
Written September 18, 2023
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Mike
United States75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The bubbling furnas are sure to excite and intrigue! It was fascinating to learn about the history of this ancient volcano, and the geothermal attributes to this day. The lake and surrounding forest is stunning. It was also very neat to see the staff from the restaurants collect the pots of Cozido from the ground! Sadly, none was available for us to try from the cafe on site. This is a sight not to be missed during your visit to the Azores!
Written July 9, 2023
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a-travelin-foodie
United States1,059 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautiful drive or walk around the lake. But especially enjoyed the spot where locals and restaurants bury their pots of stew in the ground to allow the volcanic heat to slow cook the food. Beautiful views from here. We came with a tour so cost was included, but understand it's 3E each to visit - I consider that worth it. If you time it right before lunch, you can watch all the folks come remove the pots from the ground.
Written May 2, 2023
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MªTeresa | uaineturas
Lisbon, Portugal326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Lagoa das Furnas so much to see! You can go to the Lagoon itself and do a walk around, visit the park with information, see the locations on they made the famous cozido, or do a little paddle boat in the lagoon! To visit it's about 2euros so really cheap and for the rest you pay extra. You have a cafe, parking spot and a souvenir shop at the entrance. For this view you have to go to the Miradouro Pico do Ferro (only a few minutes by car)
Written January 16, 2021
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This geothermal park is fairly interesting. There are a number of steaming vents and several pools of bubbling water. What we found most interesting were the restaurants and individuals that use the natural heat of the earth to cook their food. If you are there between 12:15 and 12:45pm, you can witness several people removing pots of cooked food (cozido) from underground cooking ovens. It was interesting watching them uncover the buried food and remove the covered pots. We went a bit later to visit one of the nearby restaurants to try the food that had been cooked in the ground which was very good.
Written July 29, 2023
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Peter
Birmingham, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Grena was amazing. Ignore the ratings that are reduced due to complaints of entrance fees. The first trail, waterfall trail and the casa da Grena talks are a beautifully curated forest walks including bridge crossings.
Written September 28, 2022
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The best views are facing the west side when coming from the parking lot across the street on the south side. From here you get some beautiful pictures of the Chapel and surroundings. On a calm day the Chapel reflects in the green of the water. It's a beautiful sight. Across the lake you see the smoke of the fumarolas where you can picnic and where the prepare meat (cozier) for the restaurants. The sulfur smell is very strong here. There's hot springs and geysers, but you'd have to pay for parking.
Written October 20, 2018
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TRyana
New Haven, CT167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
When you are in Furnas, it is a must to walk around the lake and end up by the hot springs. It is a very pleasant walk with beautiful views and many “Kodak moments”. There were a lot of flowers and interesting trees on the way. Great walk!
Written June 6, 2019
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TravelerJLB
Mansfield, MA137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The park offers no maps and very, very few signs! So download or bring one. There are two paths that can be taken, a higher one that provides allegedly great views and higher effort, or a nearly flat one that circumnavigates the lake. We took the lower one because we didn't know where the other one was! Nevertheless, it was a delightful stroll that takes about three hours.

The park entry is 2 Euro per person for those entering on the caldera end of the trail. We saw no payment station as we exited on the side closest to the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias. Plus, the signage at this entrance is much, much better than at the caldera entrance. If you go with this option, you will see the calderas at the end of the trek instead of the beginning.
Written May 20, 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Lake Furnas is one of three main crater lakes on Sao Miguel island. It is in an active volcano. The lake is in caldera. It is surrounded by a nice green area of park and several fumaroles and mud pools . It is a fascinating complex. You can take a gorgeous hike around the lake. For access to caldeiras and the in-ground restaurant cooking area there is a nominal fee. You can rest and enjoy the view. There is large parking, bathrooms, benches, snack stands.
Written September 7, 2018
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