The island of Sao Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is located around 850 miles off of the coast of mainland Portugal and smack-dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a natural paradise that is an outdoor lover’s dream.
One of the most unique experiences that visitors to Sao Miguel can have while visiting this stunningly beautiful island is a trip to Ponta da Ferraria, a spot located on the rugged west coast of the island.
The reason why this location is so unique is that it contains pools made from volcanic rock that contain thermally-heated water, which you can access freely and without paying a dime. These pools, located right next to the wild Atlantic Ocean, are set in a stunning location and provide one of the most strangely relaxing experiences you’ll ever have.
The water, which is ocean water that is heated by thermal action underneath the surface, has been used as a medicinal spot since the 15th century due to the water’s sulfuric nature and its supposed healing qualities.
The water in these hot springs isn’t quite as hot as what you might be used to due to the cold water of the Atlantic, but you’ll never forget just how cool it was to bathe in a basalt pool.
Check it out if you find yourself in Sao Miguel!