A waterfall of warm, iron water where you can take a dip, it is located on the north slope of the Fogo Volcano.
The Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIACV) is a structure dedicated to the promotion of the natural heritage of the Caldeira Velha´s area, which is classified as a Natural Monument.
The building has, among other aspects, the main purpose of promoting the particular environmental values, allowing the visitor to discover in loco the particularities of this point of interest and acting as a complementary space of informal education. At the same time offers a wide network of resources and promotes a touristic component.
It is also possible to enjoy three thermal pools at the Natural Monument.
Concentrated in a space surrounded by natural landscape, the building is noteworthy for being an “object stamped on the landscape”, which adapts to the existing vegetation and rocks, granting it an organic image, consistent with the space.
The interpretative exhibithion leads the visitor into a voyage through the volcanic origin of the islands, highlighting the Fogo Volcano formation. It also provides general information about the Natural Park, the geosites (emphatysing the ones located at Ribeira Grande) and specially the Caldeira Velha’s Natural Monument, regarding its biodiversity, geodiversity, geothermal and thermal resources.
A 300-metre deep crater with a diameter of 2.3 km. Some say that, inside, you can see the outline of the nine islands of the Azores.
This algar, also known as Algar dos Diabretes, located in Serra Branca, is easily accessible, and it is possible to get around its entire crater. However, among all the caves on the island of Graciosa, it is currently the only one that needs climbing equipment and qualified personnel to be able to access its interior. "Os Montanheiros" descended and explored this algar for the first time in 1964.
The Canário Lake occupies the area that coincides with the caldera of the crater lake of the same name.
The Morro Grande de Velas [Great Hill of Velas] and the Morro de Lemos [Hill of Lemos] are both Surtseyan-type tuff cones originated by submarine basaltic eruptions, but with different ages and stages of evolution. As the older one, Morro de Lemos is very eroded by coastal erosion and only a small part of the initial volcanic building remains. On the other hand, Morro Grande de Velas shows a clear circular shape of the associated cone and crater, in which a small strombolian cone is nestled, which depicts a later subarea eruptive stage. In the Baía de Entre-Morros [Entre-Morros Bay] and in the high and steep cliffs of these cones, it is possible to observe its internal structure, including a clear stratification and several load figures. The village of Velas is located in a lava fajã with a rocky and rugged front, formed by the basaltic lava flows issued from the Pico dos Loiros’ slag cone. These lavas are covered by the more recent pyro clasts of Morro de Velas. This is a prime geosite of the Azores Geopark, with national relevance and scientific, educational and geo-touristic interest. This location is also one of the best-known geographical landscapes of São Jorge.
The Cancela do Cinzeiro Recreational Forest Reserve, formerly known as Pedreira Forest Park, is located in an area to the west of the Tronqueira Mountain Range.
The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre (CIVC) has an informative, educational and scientific mission, having for that purpose, a set of exhibitions with special emphasis on Capelinhos Volcano eruption and the formation of the archipelago, but also the various kinds of volcanic activity in the world and the history of Azorean lighthouses.
It was appointed by the European Museum Forum, for best European museum in 2012.
This building was constructed underground, so it wouldn’t interfere with the pre-existing landscape, allowing you to fully enjoy this recent volcanic landscape originated by the eruption of 1957/58. Besides the exhibitions, the Centre has an auditorium and a temporary exhibition of rock and mineral samples.
At the end of the visit, go up the Lighthouse where you can appreciate this unique landscape.