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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  • This place is highly overrated! I don’t want anyone to go here assuming that it’s a tropical paradise, because it sadly no longer is. There are only two thermal pools in operation and they were... 
    This place is highly overrated! I don’t want anyone to go here assuming that it’s a tropical paradise, because it sadly no longer is. There are only two thermal pools in operation and they were...  more »
  • This place is extremely crowded and do not have enough changing rooms and bathrooms to accommodate all the people they let in. The lockers are a joke and will barely hold one backpack and not worth... 
    This place is extremely crowded and do not have enough changing rooms and bathrooms to accommodate all the people they let in. The lockers are a joke and will barely hold one backpack and not worth...  more »
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  • Beautiful experience of bathing in thermal hot water (34-36°C) or under a waterfall (24°C) surrounded luxurious vegetation. The place is small, 3 small pools with hot water. Is it worth? In my opinion, yes. I recommend to book your entrance online, and you have to do it at least the day before. They allow 100 people max per turn; turns of 1.5h, starting at 9am (first come, first served). We have been at the one at 4pm and it was not crowded. There is a big parking area and a small food truck for a snack in front of the entrance. Inside, there are two areas with changing cabins, one before and one after the thermal bath. The second one is at the waterfall. Bring with you only the necessary, and if you can change at the parking, better ;)
  • Nice location. They have 3 pools. I would recommend water shoes for walking around. The facilities could be better. You have to make a reservation. It did close early in the evening. Would nice if the did stay did stay open till late and have some nice lichts at the pools

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