Swimming in a geothermal pool
Hot springs are a major attraction in the Azores, which are of volcanic origin. On São Miguel, the biggest of the islands, you can find three main active volcanic complexes: Furnas, Fogo and Sete Cidades. Thermal springs supply these pools with water of very pleasant temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. Thanks to essential minerals found in these geothermal pools, you’ll have no problems relaxing and unwinding after a day filled with activities.
The lush vegetation of the islands adds to the mystical vibe you get when immersing yourself in one of these pools. You can visit Caldeira Velha at the north slope of the volcano Fogo, the majestic pool in the verdant Terra Nostra Park, the hidden pool at Poca da Beija or the hot water beach at Ponta da Ferraria for some Atlantic Thalassotherapy, just to name a few.
Please note: Jewellery made of silver and some gold will tarnish in the mineral water, and lighter swimwear can get stained due to the high iron content in the water. Just to be safe, wear some dark, older pieces and take off your jewellery before sinking into bliss.