Terra Nostra botanical gardens 

Furnas, Sao Miguel Island, Azores

These stunning botanical gardens and large geothermal pools with brownish iron-rich water at a temperature of around 40°C. was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. We highly recommend that our guests visit Parque Terra Nostra which is open to day visitors (10h30 – 16h30) or to guests of the Hotel Terra Nostra 24hrs a day. More information about the parque can be found here: Terra Nostra Garden | Thermal Water Pool (parqueterranostra.com)

If you are visiting Furnas village, we recommend a lunch time meal (13h00-14h30) at Hotel Terra Nostra where you can try the local “Cozido” meat stew cooked underground at nearby Lagoa das Furnas (there are other meat/fish/veg options). This is a superb, high quality restaurant and it is essential to book in advance. You will get free access to the spectacular Terra Nostra gardens if you spend more than 30 euros pp in the restaurant until 16h30 after which time it is open to hotel residents only (entrance is usually approx. 15 euros pp).   Call the hotel to make a lunchtime meal reservation: 00 351 296 549 090