Furnas Travel Guide

  • Fumaroles at Furnas, Sao Miguel island, Azores
    Fumaroles at Furnas, Sao Miguel island,...
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  • "Cozido das Furnas" - stew cooked...
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  • Overlooking Lagoa das Furnas
    Overlooking Lagoa das Furnas
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Furnas Things to Do

  • Lagoa das Furnas

    Around this lake there are spots where the delicious dishes [cozido à portuguesa] or [cozido de bacalhau] are made. You can prepare at home these dishes and bring them here to cook for about 4-6 hours. Remember, you must arrive very early in the morning to get a good and free spot!Entrance Fee per Person0.5 EURFee per Pot3.0 EURYou have to pay to...

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  • Cozido das Furnas - stew cooked...

    During our visit to Sao Miguel island in September 2014 we undertook a day trip with "UTC Azores" to the volcanic Furnas region.One of the main activities of this trip was to witness the cooking of Cozido das Furnas (a meat and vegetable stew that is cooked underground in water that is boiled by the natural heat of the earth) and then to taste it...

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  • Drink from the natural mineral water...

    During our visit to Furnas in September 2014, we sampled the water from several of the natural mineral water springs around the volcanic Caldeiras das Furnas area.There are apparently 22 such springs; we tasted the water from 5 of them. We were on a tour organised by "UTC Azores" and our guide, Bruno, took us first to his preferred spring. He told...

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  • Caldeiras das Furnas

    We visited Caldeiras das Furnas as part of a guided tour carried out by "UTC Azores" during our visit to Sao Miguel island in September 2014.This area of volcanic landscape is rather exciting – think pools of boiling, bubbling water and mud, plumes of hot steam rising into the air from cracks in the earth and that unmistakable stench of sulphur.Our...

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  • Miradouro do Pico de Ferro

    Miradouro do Pico de Ferro is a lookout point that offers spectacular panoramic views over Furnas Lake and the village of Furnas.It is located high in the mountains to the north of the lake.We visited Miradouro do Pico de Ferro as part of a guided tour that we undertook with "UTC Azores" in September 2014.Vehicles can park up in a car park at the...

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  • Poça da Dona Beija

    This was a charming small grotto with 7 meters long and 3 meters width, but now it is almost completely destroyed by local authorities. They say this grotto had no security... Thermal swimming pools with temperatures around 39ºC, with ferruginous mud’s, were (re)built in front of this grotto. Changing rooms, bathrooms and showers are now...

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  • Parque Terra Nostra

    The origin of this park comes back to 1780 when Thomas Hichkling, then the US vice-consul in São Miguel, built a summer residence. After the middle of the 19th century, the garden saw remarkable develompment, spurred by owners, the Visconts of Praia, and later the Bensaúde family. This swimming pool, whose contrucion was orderd by Vasco Bensaúde,...

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  • Geisers, spots and mineral waters

    Caldeiras/fumarolas [small geisers and spots] decore Furnas village.Spots around the lake are used to make traditional dishes: cozido à portuguesa "cooked meats", cozido de bacalhau "codfish", feijoada "beans", polvo "octopus" and arroz doce "rice pudding".All these dishes are available when the local festival takes place. Most of the time only...

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  • Festivals

    Sometimes there are religious festivals on Sundays. Furnas was having a big religious procession later that afternoon when we were there. The streets were covered with flowers for blocks and blocks, and we watched people who were still working on them. Each family does the area in front of their house, and the designs vary. One design that went on...

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Furnas Hotels

Furnas Restaurants

  • Cozido das Furnas...and a thermal pool!

    We ate at Restaurante Banhos Férreos one lunchtime during our visit to Furnas in September 2014.This lunch stop (and the cost of the meal) was included in a day tour that we undertook with UTC Azores. We had just visited the underground cooking pits on the banks of Furnas Lake and seen where the local stew, "Cozido das Furnas", is cooked...

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  • Cozido das Furnas

    This restaurant is located in the camping park, a quite place. All the scenery around it is very green.It is my favourite place to eat our traditional Cozido das Furnas. If you are not familiarized with this dish, it consists of three kind of meat (beef, pork and chicken), blood and meat pork sausages, yam, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. These...

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  • Spicy food

    It's a recomended restaurant by the tourism association. But it's not so good as Tony's. Food is quite spicy for me. And, Portuguese food is not spicy!But you may try here the "Cozido das Furnas".I paid 12,15€ for 2 people.

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Furnas Local Customs

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    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 21, 2014

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    The village of Furnas on Sao Miguel island contains numerous thermal springs, geysers, fumaroles, pools of boiling water and plumes of steam.

    The heat from the earth is an ideal (and unique) way to cook various foods underground.

    The shops in the centre of the town sell corn on the cob (€0.80 per cob) and chestnuts (we paid €0.90 for a portion of around 25) that have been boiled in pots under the ground. I also purchased bags of boiled sweets and caramels that had been cooked in the same way.

    At lunchtime, we visited the banks of Lake Furnas where a traditional stew, "Cozido das Furnas", is cooked underground for several hours. We were then taken to a nearby restaurant, Restaurante Banhos Ferreos, where we were able to sample the stew which contained chicken, beef, pork, sausage, black pudding, cabbage, potatoes, yams and other vegetables.

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Furnas Off The Beaten Path

  • Parque Florestal

    Este parque tem uma área de aproximadamente 3 hectares e situa-se a uma altitude próxima dos 22 m. Além de possuir zonas de lazer, tem também um centro de divulgação e um posto de aquicultura. Este destina-se à criação de trutas que serão posteriormente lançadas nas lagoas e ribeiras para a prática da pesca desportiva. Nos últimos anos, entre 15 a...

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  • Trilho Grená

    This trail starts at Furnas Lake, near the picnic park, and ends at the viewpoint Pico do Ferro. When going up to this viewpoint, you pass the ruins of Grená Manour House. You should not take more than one hour for this walk. From Pico do Ferro you have a great view over the lake and the village. From this point, you can go down using the same way...

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  • Trilho Pico do Ferro

    If you decide to make this trail, I advise you to walk the way down the hill only. The way up to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint is not worth the effort as the main point of intereset is the viewpoint from where you have a great view over the lake and the village. For the way up, I strongly advise you the Grená Trail.

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