Nature & Geology
Being remote from the cities, Povoação is a tranquil place to enjoy quality time in nature. There are many beaches made of stones or sand inside the county. For the most popular option, the beach of Ribeira Quente is fairly packed in the summertime, and for a more hidden one: Praia do Morro is what you should be looking for.
Povoação is actually part of the big Caldeira da Povoação, a huge volcanic depression of about 6.5km in diameter. It is said that the caldera is about 800,000 years old. With time, rivers created beautiful green valleys and interflows called Lombas.
It is in Povoação that the geological treasure of the island – Furnas – is located. From there, you can enjoy natural hot springs, some of the most beautiful trails of the Azores, and encounter waterfalls as well as a mysterious lake.