Furnas, São Miguel, Portugal

The basics

The area is characterized by white-washed houses and cobbled streets that are punctuated by steaming hot springs. Highlights include Parque Terra Nostra—an 18th-century botanical garden with thermal paths—and Caldeiras das Furnas, a collection of hot springs with particularly high geothermal activity. 

Furnas is a staple of tours that explore the eastern side of São Miguel. Most excursions depart from the island capital of Ponta Delgada and include round-trip transport, relieving the hassle of car hire and navigation. Itineraries usually include Furnas’ crater lake, free time at the hot springs, and a cozido-style lunch. To up the energy level, opt for a tour that includes kayaking or biking around Furnas; if you want to ensure a romantic experience, book an evening tour to soak in the springs beneath the stars.  

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Things to know before you go

  • Admission fees vary for each hot spring complex. If you’re on a budget, Poca da Dona Beija is the best choice. 
  • There are several guesthouses, hotels, and restaurants in Furnas. Due to the town’s small size, advance booking during peak season is essential. 
  • The cobblestone streets and uneven terrain in Furnas may make certain sites difficult to access on your own with a wheelchair or stroller; however, some guided tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible. 
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How to get there

Furnas is 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Ponta Delgada—about an hour in the car via EN1-1A—in the Azores archipelago. The town is accessible by public transport but involves multiple changes. For convenience, opt for a tour that includes a round-trip transfer. 

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When to get there

For better chances of catching blue skies and pleasant conditions for hiking, visit the Azores between May and October. Due to the European school holidays, the island is busiest during July and August. 

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Exploring Vila Franca do Campo 

Situated on the Azores’ southern coast on the way from Ponta Delgada to Furnas, you’ll find Vila Franca do Campo, home to the elaborately decorated Shrine of Senhora da Paz. The shrine is perched on a hill and offers panoramic views of the town and the islet of Vila Franca do Campo—an accessible, tiny paradise popular for swimming and cliff diving. 

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