The Azores archipelago is known not only for its natural beauty and landscapes, but also for the natural properties and health benefits its thermal waters provide. This list will provide you with the most updated and comprehensive information of Spas with thermal water pools and natural thermal baths located in the Islands of São Miguel and Graciosa.
São Miguel Island:
Spas with Thermal Baths
The 4 star boutique hotel is located in Furnas, site of the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe. The hotel features contemporary rooms and suites in a tranquil environment, tasty traditional Azorean meals at its restaurant “À Terra”, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a Spa and Wellness Center.
The hotel Spa Center has 10 treatment Rooms, floatbed, Shirodhara (massage with oils flow), Vichy Shower and Hydro Massage, Sauna, Hamam and a Fitness Center.
Photo: Furnas Boutique Hotel
Located in Ponta da Ferraria, Termas da Ferraria is a contemporary oceanfront retreat featuring multiple geothermal pools, spa services and a restaurant.
Photo: Termas da Ferraria Spa
The Resort Spa, “Pedras D’Alma” (Stones of the soul), features a beauty and well-being center, indoor pool with jacuzzi, sauna, turkish bath with chromotherapy and gym. Outside, you can enjoy the pool with sea view, play tennis and explore the Saint Peter walking trail and its natural pools.
Its restaurant, Meia Nau, serves food inspired in local gastronomy. Its bar, serves light meals and cocktails that can be enjoyed near the outdoor pool.
Photo: Pedras do Mar Resort and Spa
Located in the Furnas Valley, Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is surrounded by trees, calderas, mineral and thermal springs. Next to the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, it features indoor and outdoor thermal pools and is a short drive from volcanic beaches, forest areas, and two golf courses. The hotel’s restaurant serves local dishes, while the bar offers refreshing drinks.
Photo: Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
Ponta da Ferraria:
Natural thermal-water pools along the ocean, reachable via a climb over basalt rocks and a ladder where you can enjoy the mix of hot thermal water and cold ocean water.
Ferraria’s natural pools are warmed by two springs of thermal waters of volcanic origin. They are considered a unique case in the world, due to the existence of thermal salt water with a very high sulfur content. It is said that the water, cures problems of rheumatism and are also used to treat diseases of other geneses.
With a temperature between 35º-40º Celsius (95º-104º F) , the thermal spring that supplies the pool is charged with essential minerals. Surrounded by vegetation and large trees, it is one of the best ways to restore one’s energy and experience the mystical natural surroundings characteristic of Terra Nostra Park and the Valley of Furnas.
Photo: Gregor Samsa (Flickr)
Carapacho Thermal Spa:
The spa offers a breathtaking landscape, it has an indoor swimming pool with salt water at 37º Celsius (95º-104º F), and it is very affordable (about 1 euro per person).
Photo: Visit Azores
Termas do Carapacho
The Carapacho springs are located by the sea, in the southeast of the island of Graciosa, among black basalt rocks that contrast with the blue of the sea. Its thermal stations are equipped with 16 individual immersion cabins and a medical office. The thermal water comes from a water spring situated within the thermal stations’ building. It is said that this water has been used since 1750 in the treatment of rheumatism, colitis and skin diseases. Water temperature varies from 35º- 40º Celsius (98.6º F).