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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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Excellent visit and fascinating learning experience

You start with a video explaining the damage that has been done to Furnas lake and what they are... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2014
Toronto, Canada
A really great cafe otherwise not much to do

We discovered this place by following a tour bus and the architecture of this construction was very... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2014
New York
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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 17 October 2014

You start with a video explaining the damage that has been done to Furnas lake and what they are doing to bring it back to life. This is followed by an interactive talk with pictures where you can ask the staff questions. There are also...More

2  Thank Glutton888
Reviewed 9 October 2014

We discovered this place by following a tour bus and the architecture of this construction was very interesting. The center is quite small, there is a room showing different demonstrations and graphs, and then another lecture room. We didn't get to spend more than 10...More

Thank Luxship
Reviewed 5 October 2014

The lake at Furnas and the surrounding area are absolutely beautiful and by visiting this centre, at a cost of just two Euros you learn so much about the work being done to restore the ecology of the lake. The staff are all friendly and...More

Thank Neil1608
Reviewed 28 September 2014

We loved the walking trails around Lake Furnas. The museum was very interesting, highlighting the ecological restoration work being done on the lake.

1  Thank awalkernh
Reviewed 19 September 2014

You park at the parking lot on the road, then walk in (about 10 minutes) to the Monitoring and Research Centre. The centre describes the work on restoration of the natural environment in the area. There also is a little coffee shop, gift shop (money...More

2  Thank RNHCville
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Very beautiful area where some of the history of the island is revealed throughout the ecologic program for the revitalization of this lake. The staff was very nice and the walk around the lake is beautiful despite its problem. The architecture of the center is...More

1  Thank Marijose A
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Very interesting stop on our day trip to Furnas and Terra Nostra. Excellent presentation from one of the ladies on the staff. The gardens/area behind the building are also lovely.

2  Thank Vivienne123
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We visited with our two children and found the presentation and brief talk from the guide very informative. It's great to pop in here first to find out a little bit more about the area and what they're doing to restore the water quality and...More

2  Thank Ian G
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Very interesting stop on our full day tour. Informative. Nice area around the center. An hour stop is enough if a tour starts right away.

1  Thank Gisela H
Reviewed 10 August 2014

The centre is a little off the beaten track and it was only by accident that we discovered that it was open to the public and had a small cafe and shop. It is not a large exhibition but is very informative and well worth...More

1  Thank johnbirder2014
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