Parque Terra Nostra
Parque Terra Nostra
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
This historic and beautifully manicured botanical garden is tucked in the countryside of the remote São Miguel Island off the Portuguese coast. Parque Terra Nostra features species from around the world and boasts miles of alleys where you can stroll at your own pace, amid grottos, ponds, and lots of topiary. Don’t miss the chance to dip in the park's hot springs, which are naturally at a steady 95 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, for an utterly relaxing experience. Wear a dark-colored swimsuit as the sulfur-rich waters of the pool may leave stains. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,389 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Map a necessity but beware some paths are closed due to construction
    We visited this park with our tour group near the opening time of 10:30 AM. We only had 1 hour and 30 minutes in the park, but we could have spent much more time here. My wife and I first swam in the large thermal swimming pool. We hd been advised to wear a dark swimsuit as a lighter colored suit might become stained in the orangish-brown water. There were two sets of steps to enter the pool, and we discovered that the pool was warmer near the two jets of water pumping into the pool. During our visit in July, the smaller pools were not available (construction), and we were told that new dressing / showering / changing facilities are being built. These new facilities are greatly needed especially for the women as the line to shower and to change became quite long as the morning progressed. There were only 3 showers and 4 changing stalls. Our tour guide picked up garden maps at the entrance, and we were glad that we had them. The Camellias were not blooming so we skipped that garden. We thought we were correctly managing our time, but the path we had planned to take to get back to the swimming pool and then exit the park was closed due to the construction. We then had to back track to get to a path that allowed us to exit. We were pleased to discover that many of the garden paths could be walked in shade.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • traveler5458
    Vancouver, Canada64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great gardens and hoy pools
    We arrived at 10:30 when the park opened and got in no problem. We bought tickets at the gate. Parking is on the nearby streets. There were very short waits to use the bathrooms and change rooms. The pool is very relaxing but 5 feet deep so short people will have to swim. The gardens are very lovely
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Obligatory stop
    This is a must see in Furnas. I went on a Saturday morning right at 10 and there was a line, although it moved fast. 10€ to enter. It’s definitely unique. The brown color took me a minute, but it’s very warm and peaceful. As a short person, you do have to swim to the different points/the little middle island. Don’t wear jewelry or a favorite light colored bathing suit. I’d be happy to go back for another dip.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Camper20951339774
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a magically beautiful experience for 10 euros without a time slot!YOU must go and find out by yourself
    The park is beautiful and also a bit magical, despite the fact that people complain about renovation work and that they have to make it cheaper for that now, you should not let that influence you!! It is absolutely worth it! The changing rooms and showers and toilets are well maintained, take care only for an old bikini because the water can discolour your swimwear and also some colors of hair. I could have spent days here and will book the hotel next time. Read the history before you go, it is very interesting, the park is a must see and the entrance is a joke at 10 euros without a time slot! Parking is always possible in the surrounding streets. For me 10 out of 10.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • lexmiller
    Burlington, Massachusetts1,119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    Beautiful! Though we did not ourselves swim in the hot springs on our visit, they look beautiful and so intriguing with the iron color. The gardens are beautiful - enjoy a leisurely stroll admiring all that is there. The bath houses are a bit sad and dated, but new ones are being built which promise to be large and modern.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Dom
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it.
    I can't quite believe that people think this place either isn't worth it or is too expensive. Really? It's a lovely botanical garden coupled with a lovely warm brown pool. All for 10 euros. What are you on holiday in the Azores for if you don't think this is good?
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Lanalelie
    Zurich, Switzerland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a beautiful park
    A beautiful park that is worth a visit. It feels like you are in a tropical garden with lush greenery and palm trees, various ponds, a grotto, a stream with bubbling yellow thermal water, over which steam rises. Finally, you can relax in the thermal pool with yellow water. The water is quite hot, especially in the waterfall areas for massage. There are shower and changing areas, though spartan in their organisation, but quite adequate for their function. A shower is desirable, as the skin is also yellow after bathing :). I do not recommend a white bathing costume. :)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Tgkav
    Washago, Canada154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mineral pool and Botanical Gardens
    We took a soak in the pool and the mineral waters were warm but not as hot as a hot tub. We worked our way across the pool to the spouts where the hottest water flowed into the pool. The hot after helped to soothe my wife’s back. Bring a dark coloured swim suit as the waters appear dirty but they are not. Once the suits are rinsed out they are clean. Bring a towel and there are no lockers to store your clothes while you are n the pool. We walked through the Botanical Gardens which were nice but not very many flowers at this time of the year, the spring would be a better time to visit the gardens.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
  • FredDeMan
    Volgograd, Russia46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting experience
    The main attraction of this park is the large hot pool it contains. It isn't very hot but, because of its size, it doesn't feel crowded. Furnas is a navigation nightmare and finding parking is not trivial. Also the park closes early (1630 at this time of year). The changing rooms are being rebuilt, and the temporary changing rooms and toilets are completely inadequate. Probably unworkable at the busier times of year.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 March 2024
  • rdubbs08
    Edmond, Oklahoma7,576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GORGEOUS Park!
    Parque Terra Nostra may be one of the most beautiful parks / botanical gardens I have been to worldwide - and the floral was not even in full bloom! I cannot imagine how gorgeous it gets when the flowers pop! There is/was some work being done around the park, but with minimal disruption and did not impact our visit. The two geothermal jacuzzies were closed, but the main pool was open. We were staying at the Terra Nostra hotel - as guests we had complimentary access to the park 24/7. While it was neat to see the main geothermal pool during the day, it was busy. We went out as a family after dark around 8 pm and we were the ONLY 4 in the water - it was truly magical! Honestly, I see this as a MUST do while on the island. I think if you do not visit, you have missed out and done yourself wrong!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2024
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Riddlerindc
Washington DC82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
I needed other reviews here and did not plan to visit the baths. Instead we visited Poca da Don Beija, which I highly recommend. But we enjoyed the park immensely. The admission fee is not cheap, so I recommend planning on a visit around a meal time, where you can do a little exploring, grab a meal or snack at the restaurant or one of the snack carts, and then do a little more exploring. Great place for kids to run around. See the frogs on the many lillipads, climb up the spiral stairs in the flower garden for a great picture, and enjoy long walks in the shade under the trees. If I were to come back, I would bring a blanket and a book.
Written 12 July 2024
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Matthew
St. Helena, CA529 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
The way Parque Terra Nostra does business is completely unacceptable. Just the process of getting the overpriced €16 tickets took 20 minutes, then another 10 minutes to walk to changing rooms (where there is no way to know if stalls are being used, and no door handles for the doors??), then trying to use the lockers was a nightmare. It required you to have a phone with internet connection, scan a QR code, then go through a whole online payment process... meanwhile, other people are waiting to try to scan the code and get into or out of their lockers...

But the kicker is... it didn't even work! So, it took me nearly 40 minutes to get into the pools (out of a 70 minute amount of time our tour had allowed), and I ended up having to take my belongings around to the pools anyway... and I had to keep an eye on them the whole time, which ruined any level of relaxation.

On top of it all... I now have a €25 charge pending on my credit card, because the app broke right AFTER charging my card (but before issuing me a locker number or code) this is what the lockers charge you -- charging €25 per day for lockers AFTER you already paid €16 entrance fee should be illegal.

So in a 70 minute ordeal, it cost me €32 for my wife and I to actually only get 30 minutes of time there, plus another €25 charge for a locker app that charged my card and then DIDN'T EVEN WORK, so now I have to spend even MORE time disputing the charge with my card.
Written 7 July 2024
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GRZ
Chicago, IL11,359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I was originally excited for the pool but decided to pass on that ultimately and enjoy a nice walk around the gardens as we just had lunch.

You can spend here 30/45minutes... but you can spend here 3-4hours :) it's really up to you as there are many pathways to explore but also you will be stopping in many areas to enjoy the different little cozy benches, platforms etc. My favorite was of course stop #17 the Collection of Zoomorphic Sculptures - they could have been more overgrown for a better effect but even in late April they looked already very nice

If you are in the area and you appreciate nice greenery this is a must - we visited in late April and there were barely any flowers and the place was still super pleasant to enjoy on foot.

TIP: it's hard to find parking in this busy little town so I recommend having a meal at the hotel so they "allow" you to use their parking literally across the street from the hotel/gardens
Written 22 June 2024
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appellate
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We did this on our own and it worked out great. We got there when it opened - there were 30-40 people already waiting. The lined moved quickly and we went right to the hot springs. The changing rooms / bathrooms are bare bones, but a nice design and they do the job. (If you are looking for fancy or to be catered to, this won't be fun for you.) The jacuzzi pools were likewise great. We changed and walked around the gardens. There is a reason they are so famous - they really are beautiful.
Written 22 June 2024
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Seaside367556
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed swimming in the large thermal pool with few people in it (arrived at opening time). Good facilities and beautiful gardens but the fact that they have doubled the price in a few years from €8 to €16 is shocking. Recent reviews from 2023 saying the entry fee is €10 are out of date - it is now €16. That's a staggering increase in one year.
Written 20 June 2024
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shelley0z
Hamilton, Canada57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited in early May and spend the best part of the day here. New change rooms were modern beautiful and clean. Yes there were only a few stalls to change in private but have never been to a community pool anywhere with abundance of change stalls either. Pool so huge not crowded. Didn't experience any staining of clothing or skin from the iron in the water. Grounds were worth spending most of day. We went at a time between flowering season and still saw beautiful flowers. Didn't experience any construction. Just when you thought you had seen everything another path led you to new gardens. Ate lunch in the bar/garden cafe and very good. Sandwich big enough to share.
Written 19 June 2024
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Luckyduck2012
Winnipeg506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
This was a must do experience. The grounds are stunning and the mineral pool and hot baths are enjoyable. At first, it's a little unsettling swimming in orange water but you do come out feeling quite rejuvenated. Same with the hot baths but those are not orange. Make sure to wear a dark coloured swimsuit and bring a dark coloured towel. If you have light hair, the water will turn it orange.

The change rooms are a bit of a nightmare - too many people who are changing in the toilets instead of the change area which makes for dreadful lineups if you need to go to the toilet. There is no free shampoo but they do have hair driers.

Go early to get tickets at the gate and also to find parking around the town. You can have in/out privileges with your ticket as well.
Written 19 June 2024
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Travel Loving Canuck
Ontario, Canada174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
We visited the park twice on our recent trip to Sao Miguel, and loved every minute of the park and bath. The temperature of the bath is warm, but even hotter closer to where the water comes out. You can't stay in too long because it's so warm. Plan to stay at least a couple of hours. The price was 16 euros for an unlimited amount of time. Bath wasn't too crowded even though it's tourist season. One of our favorite experiences. Also, if you keep your ticket you have in-out privileges, so you can leave and go to town, eat lunch, and come back. Park opens at 10:30 and closes at 4:30.
Written 18 June 2024
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LouP
Orford, Canada219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
The line up was super long, it is very touristic. It is beautiful, but if you only want to experience a quick swim in thermal waters, you better go to the Poça da Dona Beija nearby. Cheaper and less crowded.
Written 15 June 2024
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roxygirl100
Toronto, Canada528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Beatiful place. very peaceful and serene

had a wonderful lunch at Terra Nostra hotel which gave us free admission to the grounds and thermal pool. made it v worthwhile

salad, the cozido soup were v delish. cozido dish very good. v v fillling. desserts divine

bitannical gardens are v lush, peacedul and beautiful

there is one very large pool that i found v warm and hot fountains streaming in more hot water. large. not overcrowded. a pleasant dip and lie around

other reviews are puzzling. there are v goos change rooms. lockers. showers. though water pressure not the greatest. it served the purpose

there is also a smaller hot tub near the change area

a most pleasant relaxing afternoon

parking was up the street. lots of spaces. was in a lot. free if charge
Written 14 June 2024
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