São Miguel Island: Caldeiras das Furnas
Hello my dear friends, we are in a beautiful town of Furnas in the Azores. Today we had a chance to go for a very good walk to visit Caldeiras, natural volcanic hot springs where local restaurants and families cook their meals.
This is the road that took us there, 3-4 km one way, it took us 50 minutes to get there.
Caldeira do vulcao das Furnas, boiling pools and steaming vents offer a portal to Middle Earth. For decades, if not centuries, families have come here to cook the famous cozido nas caldeiras in huge pots buried in the volcanic sand; prized cooking spots are passed down from generation to generation. Holes about a metre deep are dug into the hot earth into which a container is lowered. Filled with different meats and vegetables, the pot is left to cook gently for seven hours. (Travel Guide, Azores, author: David Sayers)
They are located on the other side of the Lagoa das Furnas:
Here are the hot springs:
The most interesting sight in this area are these small mounds with names of different restaurants.
This is where local restaurants cook their food. They put two huge pots with meat and vegetables under the ground at 5am and then, around 11:30 and 12:30 they come to dig out the pots and take them to serve as the Cozido a Portuguesa to their clients.
This is their best known local dish: