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Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

Rua da Lagoa das Furnas 1489, Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675-090, Portugal
+351 296 584 436
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Neat museum and informative

This place is small but informative! They have a small exhibit and will show you a video that... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Small and informative

A small and informative exhibition about the volcanic activities in the surrounding of Furnas... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
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The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre (CMIF) was created with the purpose of disseminating the history and evolution of the Furnas Volcano and the intervention of the Landscape Laboratory in the protection and recovery of ecosystems in the protected landscape area. It won the "Premio Internazionale di Pietra Architetture 2011 - XII edizione" award and it was finalist of SECIL Prize in 2013. It was the cover of the Spanish publication "El Croquis" and prominent target in some architectural websites. In 2016, won the "Tour Operator of the Year for Sao Miguel" in the "Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards" category of the Luxury Guide Awards. CMIF functions as an observatory and integrated centre for knowledge dissemination, playing an important role in the translation of scientific information to a language able of captivating visitors for a better understanding of the particularities of local geodiversity, biodiversity, hydrology and culture.
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Rua da Lagoa das Furnas 1489, Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675-090, Portugal
+351 296 584 436
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is small but informative! They have a small exhibit and will show you a video that explains the water diversity in the area and the reality of living with volcanic activity. Very interesting, I definitely left with a better understanding of the Azores....More

Thank AutumnPerry
Reviewed 30 July 2017

A small and informative exhibition about the volcanic activities in the surrounding of Furnas. Friendly coffeeshop :-)

Thank Saeumer
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Tiago was an excellent guide. The biology of this area is fascinating. Try the tea made directly from the hot spring. Excellent experience!

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 21 May 2017

You need to park across the highway, it was .50 euros when we went. You can access the old church, the Gardens and the Research Center. The center itself is really nice, it has a coffee shop, bathrooms and it's 3 Euros per person to...More

Thank superdeluxe23
Reviewed 27 April 2017

There is a large parking lot across the highway, that was free during our visit, from there you have to walk for about 5 -10 minutes to reach the center. Along the way you will pass the Gothic church and the garden Jose do Canto...More

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We went there after a long walk around the lake. The centre is super interesting and the coffee is hot an delicious. We even had a little snack a bolo with cheese sandwich. :) And the staff is so nice like everyone on the island.

Thank Kim d
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

If human influence and farming impact is tangible, then this is the place to make it visible in a nice and humble way, for each of us. Gives the hope of the power of humanity not only to destroy but to regrow and fix past...More

Thank aho3
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We walked around the lake and didn't even know this existed! We went for a latte and stayed for the museum - movie and artifacts. Lots of history about the island.

Thank lncclc
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The Centro is about 10 minutes from the nearest parking lot, a pleasant walk along the shore of the Furnas lake. It offers a 15-minute presentation (in Portuguese or English) on its mission and current projects and also presents an interesting video. There also is...More

1  Thank 19Daniel47
Reviewed 22 October 2016

After walking down couple kms from the road side parking lot, found this spot. It has some maps on the wall and a souvenir type shop, but the BEST part was the Coffee & pastries that they offered. Fresh made coffee for like a Euro...More

Thank madstal
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