Furnas Things to Do

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    Fumaroles, holes and mineral waters

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 13, 2015

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    A freguesia das Furnas é ornamentada por fumarolas.
    Os tradicionais pratos de cozido à portuguesa, cozido de bacalhau, feijoada, polvo e arroz doce são cozinhados nos buracos que se encontram junto à lagoa. Todos estes pratos encontram-se disponíveis aquando do festival local. Na maioria das vezes, apenas os pratos cozido à portuguesa e cozido de bacalhau encontram-se disponíveis nos restaurantes Vale das Furnas, Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Tony's and Miroma. É fundamental reservar com antecedência.
    Se desejar, pode preparar a sua comida em casa, mas precisa de deixar o seu tacho para cozinhar muito cedo, a fim de conseguir um buraco disponível.
    De entre as águas minerais, a Gloria Patri é a única sem gás.

    Furnas village is decorated by Fumaroles/hot springs.
    Holes near 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 cozido à portuguesa and cozido de bacalhau are available at the local restaurants Vale das Furnas, Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Tony's and Miroma. A booking in advance is required.
    If you wish, you can prepare at home your dish, but you have to leave your pot to cook early in the morning to get a free spot.
    Among the mineral waters, Gloria Patri is the only one without gas.

    Hotspring Cozido nas caldeiras Cooking spot Boiled codfish

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    Poça da Dona Beija

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 13, 2015

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    Alegando falta de segurança, as autoridades locais acabaram por destruir a quase totalidade desta pitoresca gruta que tinha 7 metros de comprimento por 3 metros de largura.
    Algumas piscinas alimentadas por esta água termal férrea, cuja temperatura ronda os 39º C, foram (re)construídas em frente da gruta. Atualmente, encontram-se disponíveis vestiários, quartos de banho e chuveiros.

    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...
    Some 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 available.

    Bilhete - Entrance Fee
    € 3.0

    Horário - Timetable
    07:00 - 23:00

    Phone: +.351.296584256

    Website: http://www.pocadadonabeija.com

    Grotto Dona Beija Swimming Pool Grotto Dona Beija (before)

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    Parque Terra Nostra

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 13, 2015

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    A origem deste parque remonta ao ano de 1780 quando Thomas Hichkling, então vice-cônsul dos EUA em São Miguel, construiu uma casa de passar o verão. Depois de meados do século XIX, o jardim sofreu notáveis desenvolvimentos estimulados pelos proprietários, os viscondes da Praia e, posteriormente, a família Bensaúde.
    A piscina, que foi mandada construir por Vasco Bensaúde, é alimentada por água termal férrea.

    The origin of this park comes back to 1780 when Thomas Hickling, then the US vice-consul in São Miguel, built a summer residence. After the middle of the 19th century, the garden saw remarkable development, spurred by owners, the Viscounts of Praia, and later the Bensaúde family.
    This swimming pool, whose contruction was ordered by Vasco Bensaúde, is served by hot iron water.

    Entrance Fee - Bilhete
    EUR 6.0 / 3.0 (adult/child)

    Timetable - Horário
    10:00 - 17:00 (Octobre - January)
    10:00 - 17:30 (February - March)
    10:00 - 19:00 (April - Octobre)

    O bilhete é válido para todo o dia. The ticket is valid for the whole day!

    Address: Parque Terra Nostra

    Website: http://www.parqueterranostra.com/en-us/home.aspx

    Swimming Pool

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    Lagoa das Furnas

    by Avieira67 Updated Mar 21, 2015

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    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 Person
    0.5 EUR
    Fee per Pot
    3.0 EUR
    You have to pay to park your car. First 15 minutes are for free.

    From the bus stop in front of the lake to the entrance of the village, Gas Station / Largo das Três Bicas, is exactly 2.0 km. From here, Terra Nostra Park is very close and the village centre, parish church, is less than 1 km away.

    Em redor desta lagoa há buracos onde se cozinham os deciosos pratos de cozido à portuguesa e cozido de bacalhau. Pode preparar esses em casa e então trazê-los para serem cozinhados durante 4 a 6 horas. A fim de obter um buraco de qualidade, deverá chegar muito cedo.

    Entrada por Pessoa
    0.5 EUR
    Preço por Tacho
    3.0 EUR
    O estacionamento da sua viatura é pago. Os primeiros 5 minutos são gratuitos.

    Da paragem do autocarro, que fica à entrada da lagoa, para a entrada da freguesia, estação de Serviço / Largo das Três Bicas, são exatamente 2.0 km. A partir daqui, o Parque Terra Nostra fica muito perto e o centro da freguesia fica a menos de 1 km.

    Address: Furnas Village

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    Cozido das Furnas - stew cooked underground!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 12, 2014

    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 in a local restaurant.

    We arrived on the banks of Furnas Lake just after midday. The pots of stew, which would have been cooking since 6:00am that morning, would be removed from their underground cooking pits at 12:30pm.

    As 12:30pm approached, we gathered around the cooking pits and watched as the large pots of stew were unearthed and loaded into waiting vehicles to be transported to the restaurants in the village.

    Then we were taken to one of the restaurants in the village, Restaurante Banhos Férreos, where the Cozido das Furnas would form the centrepiece of our lunch. The stew contained several different types of meat (beef, chicken, pork, black pudding, chouriço Portuguese sausage) and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage and yam). All of the meat was tasty and tender – the 6 hours of underground cooking had been effective!

    Directions: The Cozido das Furnas stew is cooked in underground cooking pits on the banks of Furnas Lake.

    Cozido das Furnas - stew cooked underground Underground cooking pits at Furnas Lake Underground cooking pits at Furnas Lake Underground cooking pit at Furnas Lake Cozido das Furnas - stew cooked underground

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    Drink from the natural mineral water springs

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 12, 2014

    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 us that the water from this spring wasn't so strong tasting; it had a slight fizziness to it, but not much. We then proceeded to drink from several other springs, with the water getting progressively fizzier.

    It was strange to drink carbonated water straight from a natural spring!

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    Caldeiras das Furnas

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 12, 2014

    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 guide, Bruno, walked us around the fumaroles and boiling pools, warning us not to get too close. We could feel the heat from the safety of the designated footpath. He told us that people have fallen into the hot pools and died from their injuries in the past.

    Around the caldeiras, we were taken to a series of natural mineral water springs, where we were invited to taste the water. The water tasted progressively "fizzier" as we moved from one spring to the next. It seemed strange to be drinking carbonated water straight from a natural spring.

    There are a number of small shops that sell foods that have been cooked in the thermal pools. We purchased a couple of cobs of corn (€0.80 each) and a bag of chestnuts (€0.90 for around 20) that had been boiled in the pools. The corn melted in the mouth and the chestnuts were soft and easy to peel.

    Caldeiras das Furnas Caldeiras das Furnas Caldeiras das Furnas Caldeiras das Furnas Chestnuts boiled in thermal pool at Furnas

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    Miradouro do Pico de Ferro

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 12, 2014

    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 viewpoint and there is a defined path, a perimeter wall and a few benches at the viewing area.

    We fell lucky with the weather; although it was overcast and breezy, there was no fog or mist and we therefore got a clear view of the lake and the village. (We weren't so lucky the following day when we visited a similar viewpoint overlooking Lake Fogo and saw nothing but thick fog!).

    Directions: Located high in the mountains to the north of Furnas Lake.

    Miradouro do Pico de Ferro Miradouro do Pico de Ferro Furnas Lake viewed from Miradouro do Pico de Ferro Furnas Lake viewed from Miradouro do Pico de Ferro Furnas viewed from Miradouro do Pico de Ferro

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    Festivals

    by JessieLang Written May 29, 2009

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    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 for several blocks was a cooperative project.

    Note: be careful where you park! Once the flowers go down, cars can't use the street.

    Address: Furnas

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    The Gardens

    by JessieLang Written May 29, 2009

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    The privately owned garden behind the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is open to the public for a fee. (Entrance to the gardens may be included if you eat there-I'm not sure.) The garden has been there since 1770. It originally covered 2 ½ acres, but the family later acquired another 10 adjoining acres. There are 2500 species of trees from around the world, 14 full-time gardeners, a pond with black swans, and a lake-size warm mineral pool. In one area, plants covering lots of animal-shaped mesh frames made a green zoo.

    Address: Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho, 5 | Furnas

    Furnas gardens The black swans The Green Zoo
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    Lago das Furnas

    by JessieLang Written May 29, 2009

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    Lagoa das Furnas is a lake in a volcanic crater, with some incredible scenery along the way from Ponta Delgada—a rocky coastline, checkerboard fields, and pineapple and banana crops surrounded by hedges to protect them from the wind. Just across the road from the lake, steam rises from the caldeiras.

    Restaurants and local individuals use the caldeiras to cook a mixed dish of meats and vegetables. The covered pot of food is lowered into one of the holes, and a mound of dirt goes over the top to keep the steam in. It takes about 6 hours to cook it. Restaurants have assigned holes; the public ones are first-come, and they get a stick with an identification number on it to put in the top.

    Directions: Just outside village of Furnas

    Lago das Furnas Cooking lunch in the caldeira Lunch at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel (from caldeira)
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    • Photography

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