Coming to the Azores is all about connecting with nature. And enjoying some of the unique experiences that these islands have to offer. One of the most unique and exciting things to enjoy is the Cozido das Furnas – a meal cooked in a volcano.
This experience starts in the morning by preparing your pot of food and then taking your pot (by now full of local, wholesome ingredients) to the cooking site. Be warned, the smell of sulphur as you drive in is a little overwhelming! At the site you put your pot into the ground and leave it there, for at least 6 hours. Thanks to the volcanic heat, the pot is kept naturally at a temperature of 80 to 90 degrees Celsius.
Tiago, an Azorian local, will talk you through the history of this dish, one that has been cooked here for hundreds of years. You will hear about how locals used to stuff a chicken with chorizo and blood sausages, before wrapping it up in a sack. “Problem was, although this method was cheap, it left you with a seriously dry bird, as the juices escaped during cooking. “Now, we put the dish inside a pot.”
You can then return to Solar Branco or stay in the area for hike or sightseeing. Around 18:00 you’ll be taken back to pick up the pot and return to Solar Branco to enjoy this unique food with some local wines, carefully selected by Ali. Guests usually enjoy this food on the veranda as you watch the sun go down over the ocean.
Please request to book this experience here.
(This is a traditional dish of cooked meats and vegetables. If you would like to adapt the ingredients to suit your dietary requirements, please discuss with us at least 48 hours in advance.)