Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, Ribeira Grande

An important geosite of the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, features a thermal spring that feeds two natural pools with temperatures of 27 C (80 F) and 38 C (100 F). Before donning your bathing suite and bathing the warm waters, stop into the interpretation center to learn about the geological origins, geodiversity, and biodiversity of the Azores and to peruse the samples of endemic plant life and rocks. The onsite 320 m (960 ft) Water Spring Walking Trail provides a fine warmup for your soak in the geothermal pools surrounded by dense and diverse vegetation. To protect the ecologically fragile area from mass tourism, the center keeps guided under the auspices of one its own technicians. To visit Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha on your holiday in Ponta Delgada, and find out what else Ponta Delgada has to offer, use our Ponta Delgada attractions site .
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  • Of the places I've had the privilege to know, and I know a few, this is the most beautiful. Lush landscape, waterfalls, railway and water hot tree ferns (descendants of the saurian???) transport us to a reality imagined only in dreams.
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  • Wow! Fabulous place, surrounded by nature, you have many different tanks with warm temperatures. Just choose the right temperature with whom you wish to be cooked!! Advice to do so from the afternoon because it lacks energy. Beautiful this temperature jump. Advise you not to use the most beautiful costumes and expensive when sulfur stain (and makes the skin extremely soft!) Very organized, at the entrance there is a shop selling various souvenirs and there are also toilets and changing rooms super clean and flavorful!
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  • The place will be nice, but the two pools are too small for the crowd of people ... all loses, at least in high season, his poetry ...
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As the island of Sao Miguel's primary tourist hotspot and center of activity, Ponta Delgada boasts perhaps the widest array of the lodging options in the Azores. Check into one of the luxury hotels in the core, closer to the ocean, to treat yourself to swimming pools, spa facilities, and a host of other amenities. Alternatively, try a smaller guesthouse or private villa slighty farther from the sea to save a bit on costs while still keeping yourself within reach of the area's churches, museums, and coastal fortress. The city itself is relatively compact, so most of the hotels in and around the city center provide easy access to its historical sites and tourist attractions by foot.
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