Sunday, September 07, 2014

Poca Da Dona Beija: Perfect way to relax at the end of the day

 Poca Da Dona Beija, Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores

I found the fountain of youth - so to speak!

The Poça da Dona Beija, also known as "Poça da Juventude" ("Youth Pools") is located in the valley of Furnas, in an area known as "Zona das Águas Quentes".

Poça da Dona Beija is part of a set of iron rich hot springs connected to the volcanic phenomena in the valley of Furnas.  Its formation comes from the  existing underground thermal aquifers and average temperatures can reach 39º C (102º F).

On site there is a natural hot spring within a cave, which supplies the water for the two pools,  part of the stream, which holds a removable floodgate, allows a mixture of hot and cold water.

It's perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.  We enjoyed an hour of relaxation after a full day of touring around.  The iron rich water, according to popular belief, is good for treating skin problems. I felt wonderful afterwards, I believe there is some sort of health benefit to the pools. 

The facilities there are amazing - but a warning - take an old bathing suit! The iron rich water turns your bathing suit orange and it will not wash out. 


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