Nestled in the mid-Atlantic, is located an ideal holiday destination known as the Azores archipelago. It’s a collection of nine islands, the biggest of which is the São Miguel Island. Nicknamed as ‘The Green Island’, this island offers a number of activities and sightseeing opportunities, thus making it an excellent holiday destination with a difference. During your trip to São Miguel, you will discover its unique history, lovely climate, and geography for yourself. There are magnificent volcanic-crater lakes that are located in the west of the island at Sete Cidades, with vivid waters and wavered walking trails.
The main highlights of this island are its lakes and hot springs such as Caldeira Velha, located in the island’s center. It offers the most exclusive bathing opportunity to its visitors.
Located a quick 25-minute drive outside of Ponta Delgada, Caldeira Velha is not a site to miss. Costing €8 for entry into the park and admittance into the hot springs, it feels as if you’ve been whisked away to another place and time.
The springs offer three main bathing pools — a larger upper terrace pool that is fed by iron-rich warm water, and the second and third lower terrace pool that is significantly warmer. A spring feeds water from the upper to lower terrace while passing over a pool of superheated thermal vents.
These vents are accessible, but be warned: you should not enter them unless you want to know what it feels like to literally be a lobster.
Getting to Caldeira Velha
You can reach Caldeira Velha easily by driving down the road from the Fire Lake at Ribeira Grande. There you will have to walk for some time along with a wooden walkway. Between the Quaternary aspect and thick vegetation, you will find a medium-sized pool in which falls the cold water cascade.