SÃO MIGUEL, POR­TU­GAL

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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - TRAVEL -

Por­tu­gal is hav­ing a real tourism ‘mo­ment’, and al­though the ter­ra­cotta rooftops of its buzzing cap­i­tal Lis­bon might be flood­ing your so­cial me­dia feeds right now, the bub­bling ther­mal springs of São Miguel are about to take over. Lo­cated off the west coast of Por­tu­gal, in the is­land chain of Azores, São Miguel and its net­work of nat­u­ral springs and iron-wa­ter pools are quickly be­com­ing Europe’s go-to desti­na­tion for those look­ing to rest and recharge. Al­though São Miguel has been a lo­cal hotspot for cen­turies, the long list of re­sorts now mak­ing use of the min­er­al­rich waters mean it’s never been eas­ier for vis­i­tors to soak their stresses away.

Boast­ing the largest con­cen­tra­tion of ther­mal pools in Europe, Fur­nas Bou­tique Ho­tel (fur­nas bou­tique­ho­tel.com) is the per­fect place to un­wind. Af­ter tak­ing a dip in one of the ther­mal swim­ming pools, treat your­self to some re­flex­ol­ogy or a mas­sage in one of the 10 treat­ment rooms.

Stay at the art déco Terra Nos­tra Gar­den Ho­tel (ter­ra­nos­tra­gar­den­ho­tel.com) and you’ll have the botan­i­cal won­ders of the Terra Nos­tra Gar­den right at your doorstep. Once you’ve ex­plored the grounds, take a long soak in the huge 18th-cen­tury ther­mal pool.

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