This visit to the Protected Landscape Area of Furnas wil take you to the Pico do Ferro overview, hiking on the lake area, visit the Volcano Center, the fumaroles, the Terra Nostra Park and around the village of Furnas. In the Terra Nostra Park you will be able to enjoy the thermal pool with hot water, so don’t forget your swinsuit and towel. A visit to the fisherman village of Ribeira Quente is also part of this tour.
On the eastern side of the island, Furnas Valley is actually inside the crater of the volcano of the same name, considered one of the most active on the island. It is this volcanic activity that heats part of the soil and waters of this piece of São Miguel, making it a must-see attraction for those who visit the largest of the Azorean islands.
- Center: Furnas – 207 m (679 ft)
- Highest Point: Pico do Salto do Cavalo – 723.7 m (2,374 ft)
- Area: 34.43 km2 (13 sq mi)
This viewpoint is at an altitude of 570 meters in the elevation of Pico do Ferro. It offers an immense view of the vast volcanic crater of the Furnas Valley, the Lagoa das Furnas stands out to the right of the belvedere and the valley open to the left.
It is still possible to observe the whole surrounding mountainous area. The passage through this belvedere is part of the list of pedestrian walks of the municipality of Povoação.
- Altitude – 780 m (2559 ft)
- It has a previleged view over the Furnas valley
This park contains one of the world’s largest collections of camellias, having over 600 different genres and also Europe’s largest collection of Cicas.
The foundation of this botanical garden retreats to 1780, when the then Consul of the United States on the island of St. Michael, Thomas Hickling, ordered to build in this space his summer residence, then known as Yankee Hall.
- Pool of volcanic and natural iron water of brown color and whose temperature is around 25 degrees
- This park that was considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the magazine Condé Nast Travel
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