São Miguel Island / Furnas: Parque Terra Nostra
Parque Terra Nostra is a botanical garden located in Furnas, on the eastern side of São Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal. It covers an area of 12.5 hectares and was created in the 18th century. The park has an extensive collection of flora from around the world, including endemic and exotic species. The main highlight of the park is the large hot springs pool, which is filled with iron-rich water and surrounded by a lush garden of ferns, trees, and flowers. Visitors can swim in the pool and relax in the warm waters, which are said to have therapeutic properties. The park also features walking trails through different gardens, a lake with a small island, and a variety of cultural and historical buildings. It is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike who come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and natural beauty of the park.