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Furna do Enxofre Visitors Centre

 

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.

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Services

Guided tour; Self-Guided brochure; Permanent exhibition; Information kiosk; Children play area; Ticket office; Souvenir shop; Vending service; Accessible toilet; ATM payment; Parking lot.

 

Opening time

01 October to 31 May

Tuesday to Friday > 10h00 - 17h00

Saturdays > 14h00 - 17h30

Closed > Sundays | Mondays | Holidays* | Mardi Gras | 24 and 31 December

Guided visits**:

Tuesday to Friday > 10h30 | 14h30 | 15h30

Saturdays > 14h30 | 15h30

 

01 June to 30 September

Every day > 10h00 - 18h00

Guided visits**: 11h30 | 15h00 | 16h30

 

Visit duration: 40 to 60 minutes

*Opens on the holidays of Good Friday, 25 April and 1 May> 14h00 - 17h30, except if these days are Sundays or Mondays.

**Are held according to the safety criterias.

 

The management company reserves the right to close the establishment, according to the weather conditions.

 

Prices

Full ticket: 3,50€

Family ticket (2 adults with children up to 17 years old): 6€

  

Discounts

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€

 

Contacts

Adress: Caldeira da Graciosa, São Mateus, 9880 Santa Cruz da Graciosa

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Phone: (+351) 295 714 009

 

Getting there

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.

 

GPS Coordinates

39o01'29,95'' N | 27º58'16,30'' W