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Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre

 

The Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre (CVGT) is an example of sustained use of a natural resource for entertainment purposes as well as environmental awareness. The Gruta das Torres is the largest lava tube in Portugal, with a length of 5150 m, as part of the formation of Lajidos - Gruta das Torres, inserted in the Volcanic Complex of the Mountain. It is estimated that it was formed about 1500 years ago during an eruption originated in Cabeço Bravo.
In 2006, it was a finalist of the Portuguese selection commission of the V Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. It was nominated in 2007 for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2009, it won the 1st place in Tektónica National Award of the Architects Order.

The visit is absolutely an innovation in Portugal, following a cavity that allows the good conservation of the cave, over a length of 450m and the approximate duration of 1h. During this tour, visitors experience a unique visit in expedition form, where they are provided the necessary equipment to meet the cave in its natural state and where they can observe various types of lavas and several geological formations, of which we can highlight different types of stalactites and stalagmites lava, side benches, lava balls, ridged walls and ropy lavas.

 

Services

Guided tour; Auditorium; Film/documentary projection; Ticket office; Souvenir shop; ATM payment; Accessible toilet; Parking lot.

 

Opening Times

01 NOVEMBER - 31 MARCH

Tuesday to Friday > 10h00 - 17h00

Saturdays | Holidays > 14h00 - 17h30

Closed > Sundays | Mondays | 1 January | Mardi Gras | Easter Sunday | 25 December

 

01 APRIL - 31 OCTOBER

Every day > 10h00 - 18h00

Closed > Easter Sunday

 

Guided tours

01 NOVEMBER - 31 MARCH

Tuesday to Friday > 10h30 | 12h00 | 14h00 | 15h30

Saturdays | Holidays > 14h30 | 16h00

 

01 APRIL - 31 MAY | 01 - 31 OCTOBER

Every day > 10h30 | 12h00 | 13h30 | 15h00 | 16h30

 

01 JUNE - 30 SEPTEMBER

Every day > 10h30 | 11h00 | 12h00 | 13h30 | 15h00 | 16h30

 

Tour duration: 60 to 90 minutes

Number of people per tour: 4 - 15

Held according to safety criteria.

All visits are guided. Previous reservation is recommended with at least 48 hours in advance.

The limits imposed aim to safeguard the natural heritage.

 

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

 

Prices

Child (0 - 6 years old): Free

Junior (7 - 14 years old): 4,00 €

Adult (15 - 64 years old):  8,00 €

Senior (+ 65 years old): 4,00 €

Family (2 adults and children up to 14 years of age): 16,00 €

Resident of the Azores*: Free

 

*Upon presentation of the Citizen Card.

The ticket includes Insurance, Individual Safety Equipment: helmet (with hygienic cap), Individual Illumination Equipment: hand flashlight.

Children up to 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Contacts

Address: Caminho da Gruta das Torres, Criação Velha, 9950 Madalena

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Phone: (+ 351) 924 403 921

 

Getting there

The Gruta das Torres is located in the Criação Velha village, Madalena county, 8km from this village, about 10 minutes by car. Head towards the Criação Velha village and you will find the respective signs.

 

GPS Coordinates

38º29'39,51'' N | 28º30'08,63'' W