SÃO MIGUEL, PORTUGAL
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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.