Poca Da Dona Beija – Sao Miguel

Poca Da Dona Beija is a natural hot spa in Furnas, Sao Miguel. The hot springs facility is both easy to access and relaxing. Additionally, at only six euros per person, it is inexpensive. There are, however, some things to consider before you journey out to Poca Da Dona Beija. Will look at everything you need to know in this article – parking, what to bring and the best time to come.

Hot spring pools with visitors and a river.
Poca Da Dona Beija, Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores

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How to get to Poca Da Dona Beija

This spa facility is located only a short walk from the calderas in Furnas. If you are taking public transportation to the calderas, you can walk here. Those who drove in also usually walk over. The walk is about 20 minutes. If however, you chose to drive, the parking can take longer.

A large home with laundry hanging in front.
A home close to Poca Da Dona Bieja.

Parking around Poca Da Dona Beija

The facility does have a small parking lot. However, it is almost always full. Your best bet is to park on the streets, but those spots can be hard to come by. I even saw a tow truck removing an illegally parked vehicle. If you do choose to park by the Poca, be sure to check all the signs. The last thing you want is to find your car gone after a relaxing day at the spa!

A quiet street with flowers and trees.
Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores

What to bring

A bathing suit is, of course, a must. However, the mineral-rich water at the pool will stain anything light colored, so bring a dark-colored bathing suit with you. Additionally, bring a dark colored (or a red) towel. If you do not have a towel you can rent one at the spa for just two euros.

The shop at Boca Da Dona Beija
You can rent a towel and buy necessities at the in-spa shop.

How hot is the water?

The natural hot springs in the spa are diluted with water flowing from the river. The temperature in four warm water pools is 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F). The water feels similar to hot tub water. However, instead of a chemical smell of chlorine, the water smells like deep earth minerals. In addition to the four hot pools, on premises, you’ll find the lukewarm river, where the deep earth water naturally mixes with surface water.

The pools and the river at Boca da Dona Beija
When it gets too hot many people stay outside the pools.

The environment at the spa

I visited the hot springs on Sunday afternoon. Although it was busy, the environment was relaxed and comfortable. Many of the visitors are locals, and the other attendees were considerate of personal space. While I am normally not a fan of crowds, I felt comfortable sharing the pools with the people there.

Boca da Dona Beija river and plants.
The colorful greenery and flowers help to create a relaxing atmosphere in Poca Da Dona Beija

Best time to visit the Poca Da Dona Beija

If you’d like to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit the pools is on a weekday in the morning. Another good time to come to Poca Da Dona Beija is when the weather is inclement. The hot water pools are particularly nice when its raining or cloudy. And finally, a visit to the pool is a great stop after a long day of hiking.

A pool in Poca Da Dona Beija

Attractions nearby

In addition to Calderas Vucanicas in Furnas, other popular nearby attractions include Lagoa Do Congro and Salto Do Prego. For even more activities to do in Sao Miguel Azores, check out the complete article.

A caledera in Furnas
The calderas at Furnas (you don’t want to go swimming in these pools) 🙂

An alternative to the pools

A good alternative to the pools is Ponta Da Ferraria. This combination volcanic hot springs and lookout point is free to access. Although they are located on a different part of the island, some people prefer Ponta Da Ferraria to Poca Da Dona Beija. However, I think each has a unique charm, and both are worth visiting.

A pool in Ponta Da Ferraria
The pools at Ponda Da Ferraria
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