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“Bring an old swimsuit!”

Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha
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$65.75*
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São Miguel West Tour
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Caldeira Velha is a protected area classified as a Natural Monument of Sao Miguel Natural Park and a geosite of Azores UNESCO Global Geopark. This natural area is a place of secondary volcanism of the Fogo Volcano. It is possible to observe a fumarola and a hot spring that through a stream feeds two natural pools: one with a waterfall, whose water is about 26ºC and the small pool with water at 38ºC. As a protected area and a geosite, exists an Environmental Interpretation Centre with information about the volcanic origin of the islands, the geodiversity and biodiversity of the Azores, with emphasis on Caldeira Velha, and geothermal powerplant. You may ask for your tour at the Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural pools.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Almancil, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
246 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Bring an old swimsuit!”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This park used to be free to enter, but now you are required to pay an entrance fee per person. With that being said, hopefully the funds will allow the groundskeepers to spruce the place up a bit. Not a very relaxing location as it's so overcrowded! No charm, just another tourist stop.

Visited September 2013
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Funchal
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“pleasant place”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

you pay 2€32 to enter in this park. you can find natural landscapes and.ttwo natural pools. the upper one is bigger but colder (around 27º) and you can enjoy the waterfall. the other one is smaller but warmer because its near the hot rocks. (temperature around 37º). the surroundings area are 100% green, so very relaxing!!

Visited September 2013
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Boston
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“Wonderous natural phenomenon”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We didn't actually swim there, but this is worth a short stop (<1 hour) on the way up to Lagoa do Fogo.

Visited August 2013
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Newbury, England
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“Swimming under a warm waterfall --bliss!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We visited at the beginning of August 2013 and there were 3 new changing rooms by the falls. Even with 2 coaches visiting, the queue to change was not long. Further down by the boiling pool they are building something bigger.

The pool at the foot of the falls in not large, but sufficient. I was very happy to swim across and try to stand under the falls itself (yes, it’s quite hard on the head!). Eventually, the rest of the family decided to join their crazy mother. The Pet Teenager did his usual trick of trying to sit on the bottom for as long as possible. Can I apologise now to anyone who swam into him??
Whatever’s in the water helped our youngest sons mozzie bites to heal up, so that was an added feature.

You just have to go and stand under the falls –trust me. Best shower I’ve ever had.

Visited August 2013
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Chawton
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“Average”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

A waterfall & geothermal spring where one may bathe. @400 metre walk from entrance where judging from the construction activity on my visit a kiosk is being built to enable an entrance fee to be charged.

Visited August 2013
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