The town of Furnas is located on the island of Sao Miguel
in the Portuguese Azores. Located in the Atlantic Ocean west of Lisbon
, vacation rentals here give you an island holiday well removed from the crowds of other destinations
. Here you can find a variety of vacation rental accommodations from apartment rentals and condo rentals to private villas. There are regular flights from Lisbon to Sao Miguel’s João Paulo II Airport. You can rent a car there and make the 45-minute drive along the southern coast road to your villa rental in Furnas.
Condo rentals and villa rentals in Furnas are located in the crater of an active volcano
, though the last eruption was almost 400 years ago. The intense thermal activity of the island makes a trip to the thermal pool in Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
a must for visitors with lodging in Furnas. Your apartment rental or condo rental is only minutes from this highlight of the island. The muddy brown of the water is from the high iron content. Make sure to bring an old swimsuit for your thermal bath. The iron tends to colour everything that it touches, including your skin. It will come off easily in the showers provided at the park, or wait until you return to your accommodation.
The Caldeiras of Furnas are another fascinating geological site
near your vacation rental. Geysers of boiling hot water burst from many openings in the earth. These hot springs serve as a natural kitchen where pots of food are cooked in the traditional manner by burying them in the earth where the food is cooked by geothermal heat
. If you don’t feel like cooking at your apartment rental, try the results of this unusual cooking method at one of the wonderful restaurants in Furnas. Condo rental and villa rental visitors should try the traditional Cozido, a rich meat and vegetable stew, or the Caldeiradas de Peixe, a fish bouillabaisse.
From villa rentals in Furnas you can make trips to a number of wonderful places on Sao Miguel. Fifteen minutes north is Cha Gorreana, Europe’s only tea plantation
. Premium tea has been grown at this family owned and operated plantation since 1883. Make the trip from your accommodation and learn how the tea has been produced in the same way since the plantation was established. You can try their different varieties and bring your favourites back to your condo rentals.
Furnas vacation rentals are in the pefect location to explore Sao Miguel. To the south you can find some lovely sandy beaches that are excellent for swimming and surfing
. To the west is Lagoa do Fogo, a beautiful crater lake in a nature preserve that provides spectacular views and excellent hiking
. Travelling around the coast east from your accommodations brings you to Nordeste
where you can visit Pico da Vara. Golfers with Furnas apartment rentals can choose between two golf courses
. The breathtaking landscape surrounding the courses adds a special touch to your day on the greens.