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Natural Swiming Pools

July 17, 2010
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Activity: Natural Swimming Pools

Open: Technically year round, but unless it is the summer time, you will not find any lifegaurds on duty

Locations: Various around the island, see photos below

With an abundance of oceanfront, but a lack of natural beaches, the locals have learned to make the most of what they have available.  As a result, there are many natural swimming pools, complete with concrete beaches to sun yourself on.  At various locations throughout the island you will find ladders and steps into the ocean, sliding boards and diving boards, floating rafts, and even lifeguards, at these swimming holes.  Almost all coastal villages will have at least one of these.  Be careful as these are on the rocks, and can be slippery. 

NOTE: With the rains and flooding over the winter of 2009-2010, the swimming pool in Quatro Ribeiras was sadly destroyed.  At this time, it appears work has begun to rebuild this area.

Selected Pictures:

This is the swimming pool by the blue hotel in Angra.  There is easy access into the water, and you will find a sliding board and diving board here.

This is the main swimming pool in Porto Martins.  It is located directly in front of Buzio’s Restaurant.  Depending on the tide and time of year, there is a small sand beach.  This pool is well protected from rough water out in the ocean.  There is plenty of room to lay out and get a sun tan.

This is the Porto Martins pool at night.

This is a very nice pool area located between Cinco Ribeiras and Sao Mateus.  This is a nice area, and worth the drive from the base if looking to have a nice day swimming in the ocean.  It is in an alcove, but is still a nice, wide open space.  Has a floating raft out in the ocean.

The last pictures are from the most well known of all the pools.  These are the natural swimming holes in Biscoitos, along the northern coast.  These pools are built into the lava rocks and consist of many pools spread out over the area.  This place is very well maintained, complete with a cafe and at times a market of produce in the parking lot.  In the winter months, this is a great place to come watch how rough the ocean can get, but during the summer months, this is a hot spot for relaxation.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob Hemberger permalink
    February 23, 2011 6:05 pm

    I plan on visiting Azores during spring break with teenage sons. Is there any hot springs on Tereciera we can swim in? Is the Ocean to cold to swim in in late March?

    Thank you,

    • February 23, 2011 6:46 pm

      There are no hot springs that I know of. Depending on the person it may or may not be warm enough to swim at that time. I am usually cold, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out in the water at that time. It will be chilly, but the outside temp should be around upper 60’s at that time. Enjoy your trip and stay on the island.

      • Rob Hemberger permalink
        February 24, 2011 2:26 pm

        Thank you for quick reply! If we are planning 6 days in Azores would you recommend a hop flight to San Miguel Island for a couple of days? Also when staying on Tereciera would you recommend the Lajes base guest lodging or a hotel?

        Thank you,

      • February 26, 2011 6:03 am

        I think that Sao Miquel for a few days is not a bad idea, especially if you are looking for a bigger city and more nature to see. There is a lot of see on Terceria, but once you have seen the major areas there is nothing else “major” to do. The slow lifestyle makes for a relaxing time and enjoying nice meals and time at cafes. There is plenty to do on the island, but if you do not plan to come back again any time soon, I think seeing more of the Azores is worth it. The flight to Sao Miguel is about 40 minutes.

        For hotels, it depends on what you are looking for and if you have a rental car. I have had family stay at Praia Marina in Praia right along the beach and it worked out perfectly. Another option is looking on and seeing if there are any rental units open at that time. Base lodging is fine if you have a car so that you can easily get off base, especially if only for a few days. Another thing to consider would be if you want to stay in Praia or Angra. There are a few hotels in Angra, but it is about a 20-30 minute drive from the base.

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