With its startling blue-green waters fringed by forested-hillsides and dotted with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots, the crater lake of Furnas Lake (Lagoa das Furnas) is one of Azores’ most enchanting natural wonders. Located in one of Furnas’ two ancient calderas, the lake offers the opportunity to explore a volcanic landscape up close. Hiking and canoeing tours are popular ways to get around.
As well as soaking up the other-worldly scenery, a tour to Furnas Lake is best combined with a visit to the nearby Terra Nostra thermal springs, famous for their mineral-rich waters, and a stop at Furnas village, where you can taste local specialty, cozido, a meal cooked up on sizzling-hot volcanic soil.
Furnas Lake is located around 5km southwest of Furnas village on Sao Miguel island.