Camelia 1 - São Miguel Island Miradouro do Pico do Ferro - Lagoa das Furnas - Ilha de São Miguel Caldeiras 1 - Furnas - Ilha de São Miguel Caldeiras 2 - Furnas - Ilha de São Miguel Cozido das Furnas - Ilha de São Miguel Lagoa das Furnas 3 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra 1 - São Miguel Island Camelia 2 - São Miguel Island Camelia 3 - São Miguel Island Camelia 4 - São Miguel Island Camelia 5 - São Miguel Island Camelia 6 - São Miguel Island Bambu - Ilha de São Miguel Cogumelos 1 - Ilha de São Miguel Cogumelos 2 - Ilha de São Miguel Camelia 7 - Ilha de São Miguel Terra Nostra Inverno 30 - Ilha de São Miguel Terra Nostra Inverno 19 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Inverno 13 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Inverno 26 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Inverno 27 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Outono 2 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Outono 13 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Primavera 6 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Primavera 18 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Primavera 17 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Primavera 9 - Ilha de São Miguel Parque Terra Nostra Primavera 10 - Ilha de São Miguel

Camellias Collection - OPEI

Departures from November 27 2022 to March 26 2023

Furnas Valley became popular towards the end of the 18th century, due to the growing interest in the use of mineral water to treat health problems, such as rheumatism and obesity. Furnas has hundreds of small springs and streams, and the Terra Nostra Garden is born in the midst of this magnificent water system. Today at Terra Nostra, you can find flora typical of the Azores and impressive centennial trees, some of which were shipped from as far as North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa. Over the past two decades, the Terra Nostra continued to enrich its botanical value through the acquisition of new plant species. This constant concern to diversify and enrich the existing flora ensures that the garden now possesses large collections with plants of major historical and cultural value. These collections include the Camellia Collection, the Fern Collection, the Cycadales Collection, and more recently the Bromeliad Collection. All the existing flora, in a garden area of 12.5 ha, contribute with their colors, forms and growth to making the garden a fine destination, and wonderful to visit any time of the year.
Blooming season for the Camellia Sasanqua: October until January
High season blooming period for most of the Camellias: February until March

XVII CAMELLIAS EXHIBITION
Organized by the City Council of the Povoação and supported by the parish of Furnas, the exhibition takes place at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, this show of Camellias has over 200 varieties. Possible dates of the XIV: 23 & 24 February (yet to confirm by the organization).

Days
1
  • Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel
  • Meet and greet at the airport of São Miguel. Assistance for car rental formalities at the airport and information kit delivery.
2
  • Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel
  • Half day tour to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. You will be accompanied by the resident agronomist Carina Costa and the head Gardner, who will guide the visit throughout the extensive collection of camellia shrubs, including both ancient and other more recent cultivars. The more than 600 different species and cultivars of camellias found in the garden enrich the natural landscape and create an environment of unique beauty, from autumn (with the flowering of the Sasanqua camellia) until spring, with the flowering of the other species. Many of the camellias in the Terra Nostra Garden have been identified and labeled and have been divided into distinct areas, set out according to the surrounding landscape and devised in such a way as to facilitate exhibition of the entire collection. As such, visitors can find a camellia garden divided into five distinct areas, filled with cultivars of Camellia japonica, Camellia reticulata and its hybrids, Camellia sasanqua and its hybrids, hybrids and other botanical species. However older trees of Camellia japonica can also be seen along the lake´s banks as well as along the garden’s paths.
3
  • Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel
  • Free Day. Suggestion: visit to the Furnas Monitoring & Research Center, located on the southern shore of Furnas Lake. The mission and objectives of this project in Furnas are the protection of the ecosystem of the valley of Furnas and improvement of the lake water. In this center the visitor is led to the discovery of the pond ecosystem through the characterization of its geology and volcanism, limnology and lake ecosystems, hydrological, native flora and fauna. After the visit to the center another visit is scheduled to the Mata do Jardim José do Canto. This forest is located in Southern Furnas Lake shore, surrounding the shrine of Our Lady of Victories and the two buildings situated on the banks of the lake: a Flemish Anglo cottage, and a French-Swiss chalet, residence of the owners today.
    In the current property, the layout of the garden area of about 10ha, there remains conserved as the French project. On the west end is the well-known "Valley of the Ferns" rebuilt in the mid-twentieth century by the parents of the current owner. The streets of Forest Garden are flanked by beautiful groves of camellias, many of them centuries old, which bloom in the period from January to May and are a good collection of ancient camellias.
    Driving along the south coast you will pass by the municipalities of Vila Franca do Campo (the town was the island’s first capital) and Lagoa are mountainous, agricultural and farming areas with black cliffs disappearing into the ocean. Drive up the mountain until you find the dramatic Fire Lake “Lagoa do Fogo” and delightful beaches nestling under high cliffs.
4
  • Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel
  • Free day. Suggestion: drive around the island and discover the north coast of the Island, visit one of the tea plantations (the only place in Europe where it is grown) and taste a nice hot tea. Driving along the north cost you will find the agricultural town of Ribeira Grande, surrounded by fertile lands. Stop for a short visit to the town and try the famous passion fruit liqueur at the factory. Next stop can be at Ponta Delgada, seat of the regional government, the main town and port has preserved its historical beauty. It is a delight to explore the narrow-cobbled streets bordered by very well-preserved period houses. Within this municipality are the Sete Cidades, an extinct volcano crater of 40 sq. km, within two magnificent lakes, considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, the green and blue lakes, which according to a legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love.
5
  • Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Ilha de São Miguel
  • Car rental delivery at the airport 1h30 before the flight departure.
Included / Not Included

Included:
- 4 Nights Hotel Terra Nostra accommodation BB
    Room type for min. 1 or 2 pax: Single or Double Cosy Art Deco
    Room type for min. 3 pax: Double Superior Garden View
- Meet & greet at the airport of Ponta Delgada and assistance with car rental
- Car Group B as per program description:
    Unlimited Kms
    Insurance CDW
    Insurance TP
    Additional driver
    VAT & road service charge
    Airport delivery & collection fees
- Half Day Tour to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden with english speaking guide
- Entrance fees to:
    The Monitoring & Research Centre of Furnas
    The garden Mata Jardim José do Canto at Furnas
- Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1€

Not Included:
- Meals other than those mentioned on the program
- Upgrades to superior rooms
- Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
- The half board price is not valid for dinners on special dates or Gala dinners and may have restrictive conditions. Please consult us.
- Car rental extras not mentioned (see extras in the Car Rental Details section)