Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Ribeira Grande

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An important geosite of the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, 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 Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre on your holiday in Ribeira Grande, and find out what else Ribeira Grande has to offer, use our Ribeira Grande.
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  • A great place to enjoy the 39° warm thermal water in open pools in the middle of the dense forest. It is located on the north side of the Fogo volcano, on the Azores island of São Miguel. I made a... 
    A great place to enjoy the 39° warm thermal water in open pools in the middle of the dense forest. It is located on the north side of the Fogo volcano, on the Azores island of São Miguel. I made a...  more »
  • The whole area is very beautiful well maintained. The path leading to the thermal pool is really nice. Pure nature! The fee is minimal which is valid for a few hours, which is actually enough. The... 
    The whole area is very beautiful well maintained. The path leading to the thermal pool is really nice. Pure nature! The fee is minimal which is valid for a few hours, which is actually enough. The...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. Clean, well maintained and I love that for residents there is no charge. You may need to wait for a turn to go in but it's worth it to have a regulated amount of people in there at a time. The flora and fauna are stunning, the tree frogs are magical and anyone complaining about how "cold" the waterfall is should simmer down, it's not even close to a proper cold plunge and then into a mineral bath. After you are done DO drive up to see the lake, AMAZING.
  • You can cook eggs in the water. People are like eggs so you can cook yourself too! You can boil your eggs in the water for 1 30h! Fun! There was a lot of eggs in the hottest pool. Very much eggs. But in the waterfall pool there was only a few eggs. The mid warmest pool is the best for your eggs! Would recommend. Only minuses Too much eggs and a bit smelly from so many eggs.

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