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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

With hundreds of different species and cultivars of varieties of plants, the 200-year old Terra Nostra Botanical Garden is an ecological wonderland. We had heard about the very popular thermal pools at Terra Nostra and hence had planned a visit to the gardens. While the thermal pools were relaxing and wonderful, we were bowled over by the gardens. The gardens which are spread over 31 acres features a serpentine canal, a number of grottoes, walkways lined with beautiful trees and numerous parterres of ornamental flowers.

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores



Developing and maintaining the gardens is an ongoing task with new gardens being added frequently. Some of the popular areas in the garden are:

  • Cycad Collection - which includes over 85 specimens of different species of Cycads from various parts of the world. It is said to be one of the largest European collection of Cycads.
  • Camellia Collection - which contains more than 800 specimens of different species and cultivars of Camellias.
  • Vireya Collection - which is originally from Malaysia and offers blooms in a range of lovely colours.
  • Fern Collection - with more than 200 specimens.
  • Endemic Flora Garden - which includes 73 different species of plants endemic to the Azorean archipelago.
Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores


Other areas of interest in the gardens include the Gingko Avenue, the Vasco Bensaude statue, the Gazebo lookout, a collection of zoomorphic sculptures, a number of interesting grottoes, Thomas Hickling statue, a memorial to the Viscounts of Praia, jacuzzis of thermal water and the main thermal pool.

The large circular thermal pool located in front of the Park House is the ultimate attraction. With its orange-brown coloured mineral-rich water and the stunning surroundings, the thermal pool looked very inviting after our walk around the gardens. After a quick change into our swimming costumes, we went into the pool. While there were a number of changing rooms near the main pool; surprisingly there were no lockers and we had to leave all our stuff under a tree!

The thermal spring that supplies the water to the pool has a temperature ranging between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. Perfect to ease sore limbs! The water which contains Iron dissolved in it provides a wonderful sensation of rest and relaxation and also a unique way to experience and enjoy the magical natural surroundings of Terra Nostra Park.

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores

Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and Thermal Pools in the Azores


Overall, it is one of those places that is not to be missed while visiting  São Miguel. The gardens are well-crafted & lovely and the thermal pool fabulous. The 8€ entry fee is totally worth it and you can spend the entire day (10am-6pm) at Terra Nostra without getting bored.

Terra Nostra Gardens | Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho, 9675-061, Furnas
Telephone | +351 296 549 090



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  1. While many travelers have been to Portugal, only a much smaller percentage have made it out to the Azores. So far out in the Atlantic Ocean! I did not know about this botanical park and its thermal pool. I would find the variety of ferns quite interesting as ferns are one of the oldest type of plants that ever existed on our planet. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Deborah. The gardens are beautiful. Terra Nostra has an impressive collection of Ferns - nearly 300 different species, varieties and cultivars, some of which are endemic.

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  2. Too bad we didn't know about the gardens when we visited Portugal a few years ago. Well, one more reason to go to Portugal again

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    1. Sao Miguel is around 2.5 hours from Lisbon by flight and it is like being transported into a different world.

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  3. Wow this looks like a very serene place to relax and take the waters! It;s lucky that not so many tourists make it out there! Happy 2018! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!
    (www.caliglobetrotter.com)

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    1. Thanks, Lori. It is a beautiful place - the gardens are lovely and the pool is very popular with visitors.

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  4. Oh, wow! This place is incredible. I love to visit gardens during my travel and this one is so unique. I am sure it is worth a visit. Looking forward to visit the Azores one day. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. The Azores is beautiful. I hope you get the chance to visit the Azores soon.

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  5. I just love your photos in this post. The botanical gardens look lovely, I will definitely have to add it to my itinerary when I visit the Azores. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  6. Oooo! This looks incredible - nice setting and the warm water is a bonus. I would love to take a dip in that pool.

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  7. Gosh what an amazing place would LOVE to visit and see for myself one-day

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    1. The Azores is full of wonderful surprises, Margaret. I am sure you will love the island.

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  8. Wow looks so beautiful. Lots of lovely photos

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  9. that looks like my kind of holiday. My husband would disagree though

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  10. This sounds absolutely lovely, just what I'm looking for actually!

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  11. This looks amazing! My kind of place to visit. Thank you :)

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  12. Wow, this looks absolutely stunning. Would love the chance to see.

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  13. Stunning photos of a beautiful area. I'd love to visit somewhere as atmospheric as this

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