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One of the most unique things I’ve done on any of my trips was visit Terra Nostra in the Azores. The natural hot sulfur spring is a huge pool in the center of Terra Nostra Park. And as you can tell by the photos, it’s naturally yellow. How cool is that?! When I first heard about Terra Nostra and the fact that it’s sulfur, of course my first concern was the smell. I don’t want to be near that stinky, rotten sulfur smell, much less swim in it. But to my surprise, there was literally no scent at all.
There are two things you should know though. One, the yellow stains. Don’t wear a white swimsuit or any light color. Meghann and I both wore black and had no problems at all. They do provide towels for an additional fee (you have to pay to get into the park), and just to be safe, I didn’t put my cute clothes on after the springs. Another thing to note is that if you have dyed hair, don’t put it in the water. It will completely discolor the dye, so be careful!
Not only is this natural sulfur spring warm and relaxing, but there are also several benefits to soaking in sulfur springs. In fact, it is often referred to as “nature’s beauty mineral.” Yes, please! It’s great for your skin if you have dryness or rashes, but also just in general, as it helps with collagen production, which keeps your skin fresh and youthful. It’s also great for your joints, muscles, and the digestive system.
They also have other hot springs that are not yellow at Terra Nostra. I feel like they were warmer, but I’m not totally certain on that. They’re a lot smaller and basically is just like going in a big hot tub. But a lot more instaworthy, ya feel me? Anyway, if you’re going to São Miguel, you have to stop by Terra Nostra and check out the sulfur hot springs. It was a very cool experience!