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During the week I spent on the island of São Miguel in Azores, I made a point of visiting two of these places. I had always heard of them, and, after all, who doesn’t like to bathe in hot water?…


The first stop was at the Caldeira Velha. Located on the slopes of the Água de Pau Sierra, as we passed the entrance gates to this park we began to tread a path that leads through dense lush vegetation, following a course of water flowing through the rocks that dot the landscape.

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The path passes through a geyser, with water bubbling due to high temperatures, and a small puddle serves as an introduction to the baths. But the highlight of this place is a waterfall under which you don’t resist to put yourself, despite the strength of the hot water falling.

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In the Caldeira Velha you can also visit an Endemic Garden, with some regional plants. To enter the Caldeira you’ll have to pay 2€, a symbolic price if you consider the natural wealth of the place and the moment of pure relaxation that it offers.


In Poça da Dona Beija, in the Furnas parish, the entrance price rises a bit more: 4€. But here too the natural beauty of the place and the various pools or puddles, make you forget immediately the amount charged.

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At the edge of the Lameiros water stream, we enter an organized spa area with several springs and three main pools at different temperatures, in a range between hot and very hot.

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But note that you are bathing in water rich in iron, so it’s not advisable to stay long periods in water. In fact, I overdone it when I was there and at night I was with a little headache and no appetite.

Another tip to keep in mind is that the iron water is no friend of the materials that bathing suits are made of, so try to take those older parts that you will not miss if they get damaged.

A visit to Caldeira Velha and Poça da Dona Beija should be part of any visit to São Miguel. It’s the perfect way to further feel the beauty and inner strength of this island of the Azores.

Thermal Pools

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Marlene Marques

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.




  • Bella WW

    Wow, this place is terrific! So much vegetation plus hot natural water, all in the same place! I would love to take a bath in those pools. Seems like a lot of fun 🙂

  • Nisha Jha

    Ha , a whole region of thermal springs. One could stay for a long time there. Nice Clicks 🙂

  • Loredana

    These places look simply amazing. It is like you said – you feel like you are going into a paradise. The road to Caldeira Velha si superb! I’d love to visit these part of the world one day!

    • Marlene Marques

      Hi Loredana! You just have to visit it one day. It’s an amazing place.

  • Wandering Carol

    I visited one hot springs in the Azores. It was in Furnas but I’m not sure it was the same place. What I remember was that the water was yellow! I’m such a hot springs fanatic so I’d love to go back and visit both of the springs that you recommend.

    • Marlene Marques

      Hi Carol! You probably visited the Terra Nostra Park. Soon, I’ll be posting an article about that place. Stay tuned! 😉

  • Christopher

    Wow this place looks so wild and exotic like its deep in rain forrest. Is the Azores in Portugal or Spain? I love it!

    • Marlene Marques

      Hi Christopher! Azores is a group of Portuguese islands. This thermal spots are in the São Miguel island 😉

  • Evan Kristine

    This is absolutely interesting! I love hot springs, it is relaxing to swim in them 🙂

    • Marlene Marques

      It was my first experience, Evan. But a truly good one, so I want to try it again. 🙂

  • Joe Ankenbauer

    Awesome Post! I love thermal pools and hot springs! And you’re definitely right, be careful to not over do it!

    • Marlene Marques

      It’s so nice, Joe! I’ve never done it before, but I sure want to do it again. 😉

  • Tammyonthemove

    Wow, what a stunning place and so easy to get to from Europe. I can’t believe I have never been. Definitely need to go there.

    • Marlene Marques

      You just have to go to São Miguel! You have wonderful places to see! And you now have low cost airlines flying to there. 😉

  • Mags

    This place looks amazing! Like a natural water park!

  • Vicky and Buddy

    I love your photos! It looks so green and beautiful. I hadn’t even heard of these baths. I’ve been to baths in Germany, but they were very different. I’d love to try these!

    • Marlene Marques

      Thank you so much for the comment. With this kind of places is simple to take nice photos. 😉

  • Natalie

    Incredible blog! I aspire to live the life you do. I will be traveling solo to Sao Miguel in mid September. I was wondering if you could provide me with the addresses to such location. Is there public parking? Thanks for all the knowledge!

    • Marlene Marques

      Hi, Natalie. Thank you so much for your kind words. São Miguel is a beautiful place to travel solo. You’ll find the people very friendly, and I didn’t feel unsafe anytime. Please follow the links I’ve inserted in the middle of the post for the addresses of these beautiful places as well as more information about entrance ticket, for example. Both sites have public parking. If you have any question, please let me know. I’ll be glad to help. 🙂

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