Located in the Natural Monument of Caldeira da Graciosa, the Furnas do Enxofre Visitors Centre (CVFE) is the core of the Biosphere Reserve and Graciosa Natural Park, while also acting as an entrance to the Furna do Enxofre.
For a better understanding of the volcanic processes that gave rise to the island and, in particular, the Furna do Enxofre and the Caldeira, in the Center there are several information panels and monitors that demonstrate the detected gas values within the Furna, and also images and documentaries illustrating the natural and cultural values of Graciosa.
With two floors, it is a building that safeguard the environmental quality in full respect for the values of geodiversity and biodiversity and the landscape and aesthetic balance.
On the ground floor you will find an exhibition area and on the upper floor, the reception area, the area reserved for the disclosure, awareness and observation of the landscape and the entrance to the Furna. Down the staircase with 183 steps and 37m high, can enjoy an imposing cave 194m long and 50m high at its center, which reveals a stunning ceiling in perfect dome, the largest volcanic dome in Europe, covered by small stalactites and having in its deepest zone, a pond with about 11m deep. This cave has a fumarólico field consists of a fumarole with muddy water and dry fumes in the cave floor.
Guided tour; Self-Guided brochure; Permanent exhibition; Information kiosk; Children play area; Ticket office; Souvenir shop; Vending service; Accessible toilet; Parking lot.
16 September to 30 April
Tue to Sat: 14h00 - 17h30
Closed: Sun | Mon | Holidays1 | Mardi Gras | Easter Sunday | 24 and 31 December
Guided Tours2: 14h30 | 15h30
01 May to 14 June
Tue to Fri: 09h30 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 17h30
Sat: 14h00 - 17h30
Closed: Sun | Mon | Holidays1
Guided tours2: 11h303 | 15h00 | 16h30
15 June to 15 September
Every day: 10h00 - 18h00
Guided Tours2: 11h30 | 15h00 | 16h30
1Opens on the holidays of Good Friday; 25 April; 1 May; 10 June; from 14h00 - 17h30, except if these days are Sundays or Mondays.
2Are held according to the safety criterias.
3Doesn't take place on Saturdays.
The management company reserves the right to close the establishment, according to the weather conditions.
Full ticket: 3,50€
Family ticket (2 adults with children up to 17 years old): 6€
Children (up to 12 years old): free
Junior (13 to 17 years old): 1,75€
Senior (> 65 years old): 1,75€
Youth, Interjovem and Student cardholders: 2,80€
Adress: Caldeira da Graciosa, São Mateus, 9880 Santa Cruz da Graciosa
Phone: (+351) 295 714 009
Leaving from Melo de Fontes Pereira Square in Santa Cruz village, head towards the center of Guadalupe parish within 3km. In Padre Borges Simões square, turn left toward the Pedras Brancas coursing 3,8km, then follow the direction of the Caldeira by the Canada Longa.
39o01'29,95'' N | 27º58'16,30'' W