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Poça da Dona Beija

Poça da Dona Beija: Our most recommended tours and activities

Furnas: Night-Time Experience with Thermal baths and Dinner

1. Furnas: Night-Time Experience with Thermal baths and Dinner

Unwind at the hot thermal springs of an active volcano on an evening tour from Ponta Delgada. Head to the volcanic complex of Furnas in Povoação and bathe in the warm waters of Poça da Dona Beija.  Go for a guided nature walk to discover the beautiful surroundings and get plenty of opportunities to take souvenir photos of the dramatic landscapes. End the evening with a traditional stew from the region, cooked beneath the ground using the heat from the surrounding thermal springs.

São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

2. São Miguel: Full-Day 4WD Jeep Tour to Furnas with Lunch

You’ll travel along many secondary roads, as you explore São Miguel on the way to Furnas. Pass small villages on the southern coastal road before stopping at the Nossa Senhora da Paz chapel for the scenic views over Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s first capital. Be sure to bring a swimsuit on this full-day 4WD tour to enjoy the thermal waters at Poça da Dona Beija. Dona Beija is part of a series of iron-rich hot springs warmed by the volcanic activity that is part of the history of the Furnas Valley. The springs arise from underground thermal aquifers that are in permanent contact with rocks subjected to high temperatures. The average temperature of the water is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy cozido for lunch, a typical stew-like dish that is cooked for 6-8 hours in the hot springs. After visiting the many hot springs and fumeroles in the Furnas Valley you’ll stop at Pico do Ferro for an overview of the Furnas Crater. Returning along the northern shore, you’ll stop to unwind at a tea plantation. Take a short tour of the factory and sample some of the island’s tea.

Azores: Furnas & Nordeste Volcano Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. Azores: Furnas & Nordeste Volcano Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Discover the Furnas volcano and the Nordeste volcano on a full-day tour with lunch. Begin your adventure at 9:00 AM from your hotel or meeting point. Discover the former capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo in the marina area, where you can stroll or taste the famous and delicious "queijadas da vila" and have a view over the islet of Vila. Visit and explore the Furnas volcano where everything is done differently. Learn how the locals cook the famous "cozido", using only volcanic heat or, if you wish, enjoy a relaxing thermal bath (entrance not included). Admire the beauty of the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park and its water cascades. On the return, take a break for tea visiting the Gorreana tea plantation and then a visit to the Santa Iria viewpoint for a magnificent coastal landscape.

Furnas: Morning Experience with Thermal baths and Lunch

4. Furnas: Morning Experience with Thermal baths and Lunch

We start the day with an early pick-up (anytime around 8AM depending on your location), so you can beat the crowds at Furnas. Take a morning bath at the hot springs, and be the first of the day to enjoy the steaming waters of the volcano (1:30h duration for the bath). Enjoy the scenery beating the crowds that will arrive later. After enjoy exploring Furnas village and Furnas lake, and stop to see your lunch, the famous local dish - the "cozido", being pulled from the it´s cooking hole underground. Enjoy the "cozido" at your lunch spot and head back to your accommodation at around 13:30. The perfect morning in the island, even with bad weather. Also a perfect way to use your morning right after arriving on an early flight, while you beat the jet leg and make time before checking in at your accommodation.

Nordeste: Waterfall, Hot Spring and Viewpoints Full-Day Tour

5. Nordeste: Waterfall, Hot Spring and Viewpoints Full-Day Tour

Start the day by being picked up directly from your hotel, to start your journey. First, we head to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of Nordeste's biggest attractions. This natural park is full of endemic flora and serene spots, and even an iconic waterfall. If you are lucky, you might even be able to spot a Priolo, a bird species that is endemic to this area of the island. Next, we visit the Nordeste parish, that was once named the most flowery county in Europe. After that, we'll stop at three viewpoints that provide amazing views of the Northern Coast, each one different from the other. For lunch, we'll stop at Povoação, a delightful and quaint town, where you'll get to eat at a local restaurant that serves authentic traditional meals. After lunch, come take a stroll through this town and enjoy the relaxing setting. Next, we head to Caldeiras das Furnas, where we'll get to see where the traditional Cozido das Furnas is cooked and learn more about this process. To end the day, bathe in the soothing and therapeutic waters of the Poça da Dona Beija hot springs.

Full-Day Furnas Guided Tour with Optional Hot Springs

6. Full-Day Furnas Guided Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Uncover the south coast of Sao Miguel Island, introducing landscapes such as the Vila Franca isle, (know for Red Bull diving), taste the famous cakes Queijadas da Vila and pay a visit to the chapel of Nossa Sra da Paz. Getting Closer to the small village of Furnas, cherish the peaceful Lagoa da Furnas where you can see the widely recognized steams where locals put together a meal known as Cozido das Furnas which will be provided to customers. Take a healthy warm bath safely contained in the well known Hot Springs of Furnas, loosening up inside, surrounded by unique scenery of a restful and natural environment, which in turn, will fill your heart with memories of Azores.

Furnas Magic Evening (Dinner, Tea, Fumaroles, Included)

7. Furnas Magic Evening (Dinner, Tea, Fumaroles, Included)

We start the evening with your pick-up, then we had to Furnas with a chance for seeing "Gorreana" the tea plantation and "Pico do Ferro" viewpoint during our drive. Once in Furnas you get to watch your dinner being pulled out of the ground at the "caldeiras". While your dinner is being prepared relax and enjoy your time at the magical hot springs. After the bath enjoy and earthy dinner comprised of the most famous delicacy of the island - the "cozido", this way you have a smooth digestion and great night of sleep guaranteed, as often bathing on hot waters after dinner will not be comfortable for most people. Finish your evening enjoying the enchanting geysers and "fumeroles" under the night starry sky, before our drive back to your accommodation. This is a great evening/night spent even during Winter.

Furnas: Hot Springs Night Tour

8. Furnas: Hot Springs Night Tour

The tour always includes part of the north coast and the south coast of the island. There is always the possibility of stopping if the customer wants to take a photo. The «Poça da Dona Beja» is always a favorite place for an outdoor thermal bath. Romantic and paradisiacal. This is followed by a thermal cooked dinner made underground. There is always a fish or vegetarian option if the customer prefers. After dinner, return to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Poça da Dona Beija

Overall rating

4.8
(306 reviews)

Hugo was our amazing tour guide and we had the best time. He had a wealth of information and made you feel right at home. The Thermal baths were truly amazing and beautiful. Dinner was a traditional meal and filling. I very much enjoyed my time and would definitely do this tour again. Ask for Hugo he is truly awesome can’t emphasize that enough!!!

Paolo was fantastic and thus was our favorite excursion. Our trip was so enriched by the information Paolo had about the island, its history and its treasures. He was an absolute professional. The springs at night were spectacular. Definitely an evening outing. We went to bed with smiles after this unforgettable evening. Thank you Paolo.

Our guide Hervé has been great!! He explained to us many curiosities about the Azores and Sao Miguel, the delicious and fun dinner, the relaxing and pleasant hot springs, and we really liked the subsequent walk with an original and local final touch!! we recommend it.

Super fun evening trip where our guide Hervé was a real host; good explanation, an answer to all questions and as a highlight tea made from mineral water from the ground. The food is nothing special, but you must try it once when you are here. A very nice evening.

Pedro was great! The baths at night were a really nice experience, and the dinner after massive and tasty. Made for a great sleep after.