Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, Ribeira Grande

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and other Ribeira Grande attractions using our handy Ribeira Grande vacation generator.
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  • Nice fauna and flora. Liked to take a bath under the waterfall and the pool. You can also take little kids with you.  more »
  • The entrance costs only 2 euros! Unfortunately the waterfall pool was a bit cold due to the rain of the previous day, but the other one was very hot. It would have been better if it was less crowded b...  more »
  • Basicly it has become far too touristic. You need to either make a booking so that you can get access to the hot springs or you have to break in in the middle of the night to be able to get access to ...  more »

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