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Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

Rua da Lagoa das Furnas 1489, Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675-090, Portugal
+351 296 584 436
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Interesting but small exhibition

Nice film about the nature conservation in this area, exhibition is small and less interesting... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2015
Utrecht, The Netherlands
via mobile
Interesting, but a bit tiresome

Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas is a place of interest. The visitor centre is... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2015
London, United Kingdom
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The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre (CMIF) was created with the purpose of disseminating the history and evolution of the Furnas Volcano and the intervention of the Landscape Laboratory in the protection and recovery of ecosystems in the protected landscape area. It won the "Premio Internazionale di Pietra Architetture 2011 - XII edizione" award and it was finalist of SECIL Prize in 2013. It was the cover of the Spanish publication "El Croquis" and prominent target in some architectural websites. In 2016, won the "Tour Operator of the Year for Sao Miguel" in the "Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards" category of the Luxury Guide Awards. CMIF functions as an observatory and integrated centre for knowledge dissemination, playing an important role in the translation of scientific information to a language able of captivating visitors for a better understanding of the particularities of local geodiversity, biodiversity, hydrology and culture.
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Rua da Lagoa das Furnas 1489, Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675-090, Portugal
+351 296 584 436
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Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

Nice film about the nature conservation in this area, exhibition is small and less interesting. Walk around the crater lake is easy going and nice.

Thank ghv7
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas is a place of interest. The visitor centre is very new and modern. They provide a lot of interesting information about the fauna in and around Furnas lake. The visit starts with an introduction to the centre's activity...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Whilst walking around Furnas lake we called in and were glad we did. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we learned so much about the lake and man's affect on the surrounding areas. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank bennybaggins
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Smoke comming out of the earth, boiling water... I must admit that it was a bit scary to be around this place. But a must seen if you are in the area.

1  Thank Lady0052
Reviewed 20 August 2015

It's very interesting the visit. If you walk a bit along the lake you will fing this place. There you will understand the changes the lake were suffering along the time and what is being done to make it better.

Thank Jose L
Reviewed 22 May 2015

The center shows you a movie about the revitalization of the Furnas Lake then a guide shows you what they've achieved thus far. I enjoyed it. It was a hike to get to off the main road, but a beautiful walk along gardens and the...More

1  Thank Constance B
Reviewed 30 April 2015

This place is a must when you visit Sao Miguel. Take your time to get an interesting information from the friendly staff. Finish the visit with a great cup of coffee.

1  Thank 417sweden
Reviewed 26 April 2015

On our walk around the lake we were surprised by the existence of very good modern architecture that appeared to be Centro de Monitorizacao. Even though we did not have too much time we decided to go in and we did not regret. The stuff...More

3  Thank Zuzana P
Reviewed 9 April 2015

A staff member gave us a guided overview of how Furnas lake has been impacted by farming practices within its watershed, and how the community is working to restore the lake. There are interesting displays at this research center, and a movie to watch on...More

2  Thank Joanna A
Reviewed 6 April 2015

The staff are friendly, informative and passionate about their work. They detailed the importance of Furnas Lake, along with the current risks that it faces, and their plans to restore and protect their environment. We had rented bikes from Furnas Village, so had great fun...More

2  Thank Ellechim2013
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