Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre

Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
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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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  • santpedor
    Barcelona, Spain505 contributions
    Paradise on earth
    As OAPs we paid an admission fee of 1 euro and we all agreed that it was the best value for money ever. This is paradise on earth. Absolutely magnificent. I could have stayed there all day but unfortunately we had to move on . We spent a week on the island and consider this place THE highlight among many other beautiful places.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 27, 2023
  • P S
    Oxford, United Kingdom38 contributions
    Beautiful but crowded
    Beautiful place but very crowded. Our tour guides didn't know that access to the thermal pools must be pre booked and spaces fill up soon. We enjoyed the place but would be nice to have less people in the pool in one go and better facilities to change clothes, etc.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Nikki W
    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom104 contributions
    Not sure what you’re paying for
    We arrived to swim but we’re told you had to book days in advance so decided to go in just to the gardens. We have done a lot of hiking while we’re here so perhaps we’ve been spoilt but I’m not sure what the fee was for. It was busy with all the people swimming but there really isn’t much of a reason to go in if you aren’t swimming. There yes a small exhibit on geology but compared to the centre at fumas it was minimal and I wouldn’t bother if you aren’t swimming
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • tripdebbiet
    Menlo Park, California86 contributions
    High 3-star review only because I love thermal baths in general.
    We were initially bummed that we would only have 1 hour out of a 1.5 hour time slot due to the shuttle fiasco to Lagoa do Fogo. However, one hour is plenty of time to visit all 3 pools. Note - the waterfall (small) pool is not thermal. The middle pool is the warmest of the three. All pools are on the small side which is probably why 100 people are admitted at a time and on a timed schedule (colored wrist bands). It was still a bit crowded at 15:30. The surroundings are beautiful. A small kiosk is outside the park for snacks and beverages.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Nikola Minaříková
    Czech Republic117 contributions
    Wonderful place for relaxation
    Caldeira velha is a beautiful place with two thermal pools surrounded by forests. There is also a top pool where is a cold water waterfall. However, they are not that big so they can be crowded. Due to high attendance, we bought tickets online a few days in advance. Don't forget to bring a towel and slippers. There is free parking.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
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GlobalTravelerBoston
Boston, MA203 contributions
Oct 2022
This place is extremely crowded and do not have enough changing rooms and bathrooms to accommodate all the people they let in. The lockers are a joke and will barely hold one backpack and not worth renting for 2 euros. You are only allowed 1.5 hrs and the pools are just warm. The top pool where the small waterfall is cold. If you must come here bring water shoes, towel, and wear your swimsuit. You are better off going to Terra Nostra in Furnas for a truly unique experience.
Written October 10, 2022
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tripdebbiet
Menlo Park, CA86 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We were initially bummed that we would only have 1 hour out of a 1.5 hour time slot due to the shuttle fiasco to Lagoa do Fogo. However, one hour is plenty of time to visit all 3 pools. Note - the waterfall (small) pool is not thermal. The middle pool is the warmest of the three. All pools are on the small side which is probably why 100 people are admitted at a time and on a timed schedule (colored wrist bands). It was still a bit crowded at 15:30. The surroundings are beautiful. A small kiosk is outside the park for snacks and beverages.
Written September 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

santpedor
Barcelona, Spain505 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
As OAPs we paid an admission fee of 1 euro and we all agreed that it was the best value for money ever. This is paradise on earth. Absolutely magnificent. I could have stayed there all day but unfortunately we had to move on . We spent a week on the island and consider this place THE highlight among many other beautiful places.
Written March 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nikki W
Beaconsfield, UK104 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We arrived to swim but we’re told you had to book days in advance so decided to go in just to the gardens. We have done a lot of hiking while we’re here so perhaps we’ve been spoilt but I’m not sure what the fee was for. It was busy with all the people swimming but there really isn’t much of a reason to go in if you aren’t swimming.

There yes a small exhibit on geology but compared to the centre at fumas it was minimal and I wouldn’t bother if you aren’t swimming
Written August 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Krystina
Tenafly, NJ29 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
An undoubtedly beautiful place with lush grounds. A very Jurassic feel. However, a lot of people are let in during each time slot so if you are claustrophobic like me it might make you uncomfortable. There are 2 thermal pools and a 3rd with a waterfall that is less warm. I was surprised that the waterfall pool was less crowded but when I felt the water I understood why. That being said, my husband and I really enjoyed the waterfall pool as there was space to move around without touching other people’s bodies (it’s also a very cool experience.) The grounds are kept very tidy and very well maintained. No garbage to be seen and changing rooms/showers/toilets were clean. I would recommend the experience to new travelers who have never been. Purchase tickets in advance.
Written September 13, 2022
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P S
Oxford, UK38 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place but very crowded. Our tour guides didn't know that access to the thermal pools must be pre booked and spaces fill up soon. We enjoyed the place but would be nice to have less people in the pool in one go and better facilities to change clothes, etc.
Written April 28, 2023
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Nikola Minaříková
Czech Republic117 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Caldeira velha is a beautiful place with two thermal pools surrounded by forests. There is also a top pool where is a cold water waterfall.
However, they are not that big so they can be crowded. Due to high attendance, we bought tickets online a few days in advance.
Don't forget to bring a towel and slippers.
There is free parking.
Written February 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tim Johnson
Minneapolis, MN11 contributions
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 February 11, 2020
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Pedro vasconcelos
43 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Caldeira velha is an amazing place with thermal warm waters perfect to relax and enjoy the nature for 1h30m. A pitty the staying time is so short but it’s enough to enjoy the nature and the pools. If it was more time of staying would have given the maximum score
Written February 20, 2023
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Matthew A
Hartford, NY373 contributions
Jul 2022
The top pool is cold, the bottom two are much better. We did a bunch of thermal pools. We did this one last. I wish we did it first. The pools in Furnas are much, much better. Great views nearby.
Written July 5, 2022
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