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Gruta do Carvao

Rua do Paim, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-230, Portugal
+351 296 284 155
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Interesting visit

We recommend this visit to those who want to learn more about the volcan activity and its results... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Orsolya N
Barcelona, Spain
Unable to visit

We had a rainy day and thought this would be a great activity for a rainy day. We were not alone... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Poor5%
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“lava tube” (12 reviews)
“worth a visit” (11 reviews)
Rua do Paim, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-230, Portugal
+351 296 284 155

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recommend this visit to those who want to learn more about the volcan activity and its results. Vera is a very professional guide, speak excellent English, and know everything about the cave. Thank you Vera.

Thank Orsolya N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a rainy day and thought this would be a great activity for a rainy day. We were not alone. We arrived just prior to 11 am and the next available tour was at 4:30. Their website only notes needing a reservation for the...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Something to do on a rainy day. Lasts an hour. You don't go far underground, so it isn't colder in the cave/tube. There is a film before hand- about volcanoes and the Azores then a tour with more information about volcanoes, lave tubes, types of...More

Thank NMMc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super interesting place where you can explore lava tubes! We took the short trip and it was very reasonable priced (2,5€ for students! ) yet very interesting and the lava formations were beautiful. Also our guide was extremely nice and enthusiastic!

Thank Origamiboi
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

The cave is a very good example of the formation of a lava tube. However a lot of sections are crushed and the one you can actually visit is very small. The guide was very nice and explained us everything about lava formations. She also...More

Thank mohiki79
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

What a stunning sight to see the lava cave on the long tour. Amazing and hugo was such an enthusiastic guide and so informative i can't imagine a better way to have spent my morning. The long tour is 20€ and requires a reservation but...More

Thank AGB277
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Take a walk in to an underground lava cave! so neat! very close to the airport, there are set times for tours so call ahead or check before you go. number of guests per visit is limited so also book ahead to reserve a spot...More

Thank wanderlustger
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Started with a dated video and then into the cave. Lovely guide, funny and informative who showed and explained the different formations and features of the cave. It's not a long tour as the cave, sorry, lava tunnel, isn't accessible throughout but it was still...More

Thank libbylou2017
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We visited these caves as part of a one day Eco Tour that can be booked in advance. Our guide, Nina, drove us to a range of locations and explained the geological and volcanic history of a number of features in the central area of...More

Thank U7481KRjanes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

If you want to see a lava tube, very well preserved, with good lighting effects and geologic details you must visit this place. Very safe and well organized . Don't forget your camera...

Thank Pacmelo
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What sort of footwear do you recommend ? Hiking boots or reasonable trainers? Is it dry under foot or wet / damp ? Thanks
1 June 2017|
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Response from U7481KRjanes | Reviewed this property |
It is damp in the caves and the ground surface is very uneven in places as the lava has left rugged and quite spikey areas. As long as your footwear is strong enough to protect your feet and the soles are non slip and thick... More
Amanda M
Does anyone know the cost for the more in depth tour?
13 April 2016|
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Response from AndrejaKo | Reviewed this property |
speleological tour varies on the number of people, 4 people max. on the expedition. it is best to contact the grota directly for more information
Does anyone know how to get to Gruta do Carvao? I rented a car. I tried to find it on Google map but it doesn't look like it's the correct place.
25 February 2015|
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Response from saphira1969 | Reviewed this property |
ahahaha same for us we used Waze instead the road is tiny and the entrance seems like a box... it is really by the motorway look at the amigosdosacores dot pt (slash) grutadocarvao(slash) ?page_id=129 Actually I cannot... More