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Furnas: Night-Time Experience with Thermal baths and Dinner

1. Furnas: Night-Time Experience with Thermal baths and Dinner

Unwind at the hot thermal springs of an active volcano on an evening tour from Ponta Delgada. Head to the volcanic complex of Furnas in Povoação and bathe in the warm waters of Poça da Dona Beija.  Go for a guided nature walk to discover the beautiful surroundings and get plenty of opportunities to take souvenir photos of the dramatic landscapes. End the evening with a traditional stew from the region, cooked beneath the ground using the heat from the surrounding thermal springs.

São Miguel: Furnas Hot Springs at Night with Dinner

2. São Miguel: Furnas Hot Springs at Night with Dinner

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation or other location tailored to your needs, and then make your way to the Furnas region of São Miguel Island. Take a thermal bath in the hot springs of the Azores, and enjoy a traditional dinner at a unique location. After pickup from Ponta Delgada, marvel at gorgeous landscapes as you drive into Furnas via its valley. Then, tuck into a delicious dinner at a restaurant. Try the region's most traditional dish: a stew made using the boiling hot steam created by the volcano, which takes several hours to prepare. Next, drive to the hot springs of Poça da Dona Beija and relax in the healing waters, surrounded by a landscape of sub-tropical palm trees and conifers that boost well-being. Experience the thermal waters in the calm of the evening, when the air temperature is mild, and there is magic in the air. Finally, get dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the night for your comfort and convenience.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

3. São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

You’ll travel along many secondary roads, as you explore São Miguel on the way to Furnas. Pass small villages on the southern coastal road before stopping at the Nossa Senhora da Paz chapel for the scenic views over Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s first capital. Be sure to bring a swimsuit on this full-day 4WD tour to enjoy the thermal waters at Poça da Dona Beija. Dona Beija is part of a series of iron-rich hot springs warmed by the volcanic activity that is part of the history of the Furnas Valley. The springs arise from underground thermal aquifers that are in permanent contact with rocks subjected to high temperatures. The average temperature of the water is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy cozido for lunch, a typical stew-like dish that is cooked for 6-8 hours in the hot springs. After visiting the many hot springs and fumeroles in the Furnas Valley you’ll stop at Pico do Ferro for an overview of the Furnas Crater. Returning along the northern shore, you’ll stop to unwind at a tea plantation. Take a short tour of the factory and sample some of the island’s tea.

Furnas: Private Van Tour

4. Furnas: Private Van Tour

This tour covers some of the best scenic areas of São Miguel island and the Furnas volcanic area. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs and a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (entrance fee not included in the tour). • Pisão Viewpoint and Caloura • Vila Franca do Campo and its pastry factory • Senhora da Paz Viewpoint • Furnas Lake and Hot Springs • Furnas Village • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (optional) • Hot Springs & mineral waters • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint • Gorreana Tea Plantation and Factory • Santa Iria Viewpoint

São Miguel: Full Day Tour to Furnas

5. São Miguel: Full Day Tour to Furnas

Depart from Ponta Delgada for a full-day adventure on São Miguel Island. A dip in the Furnas thermal baths is sure to make you forget all your worries. Get a taste of local flavor with a traditional lunch. Take in some great island views and cap off the experience with a visit to Gorreana tea plantations. Following hotel pickup, head to Vila Franca do Campo, the once capital of the island and home to the Azores' best-known sweets and quintessentially magnificent landscapes. The tour then continues to Furnas Valley, with the option of a thermal bath in the morning. Visit the terra nostra botanical garden and soak in the pool and jacuzzis. Check out the boilers in the center of the parish. Lunch, served in a local restaurant, will be the famous Cozido das Caldeiras (Furnas stew). Continue on to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint, overlooking the largest and oldest volcanic crater on the island. Descend to the north side of the island, stopping to visit the Gorreana tea plantations with the chance to taste and purchase tea. Stop at the Santa Iria belvedere for more classically Portuguese views of the countryside and the Atlantic before returning to Ponta Delgada.

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4.8 / 5

based on 306 reviews

This was an absolutely awesome tour! You start by hearing lots of facts as you travel to Furnas, then there’s a beautiful view point, a big dinner with stew and wine, then a trip to the springs (which were great) and a magical walk around Furnas in the dark, seeing the steam come out from the ground. Eduardo was a really knowledgeable and friendly guide - thank you!

We had Marcio as our tour guide and he was wonderful. He’s a local and able to share a lot of history and fun facts with us. The sites were fun and the meal was the best part. We ended up being the only pair on the tour, but appreciate that the tour wasn’t cancelled. We’d recommend this tour with this company.

We had such a great time last night on the tour. Hugo was a wonderful host, full of local knowledge and stories. We can't even tell you which of the activities were the best because each one was a wonderful experience. Certainly well worth the money! Thank you for putting together such a rich experience.

Our tour guide, Marcio was an incredible tour guide. He was always making sure we were taken care of. We highly recommend him. Everything about our trip was outstanding. From the scenic view points to the tea plantation, every stop was an intriguing experience.

Great experience, good food, relaxing baths. Eduardo was an excellent guide.