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The site of the volcanic eruption of 1957-58 on Faial, an island which is dominated by the volcanic cone of Caldeira.
Capelinhos, Faial Island, Portugal
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

This is the site of a volcanic eruption that lasted about a year in 1957-58. You can walk around, admire and take photos of the moonscape or walk the steep trail to the top. The ash partially buried a lighthouse and in the underground section...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

More impressive than I expected. Worth the hike up and then walk down to the natural pool. We couldn't swim because of Portuguese man o war everywhere unfortunately but it's a beautiful area! Pictures don't do it justice and fail to capture size and scale.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

We visited the Interpretation Centre as part of an island tour with Azores Experiences (excellent; see review). It is something else! Beneath the partially buried lighthouse is a fascinating building (worth seeing irrespective of the content) and various displays both static and film/holographic explaining not...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

It is awe-inspiring to see the results of a fairly recent (1957) volcanic eruption. It is also interesting to see that after sixty years, recolonization by vegetation is still in its early stages. I don't really have much to add to the excellent reviews already...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 20, 2019

There’s not much point in going to Faial Island, Azores, and not going to see the site of the 1957 Capelinhos eruption! It’s a fascinating landscape, and you’ll take some great photos of the area. A visit to the interpretation centre will give you all...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

Beautiful, eerie and a wonder to see! The day we visited was quite windy and the volcanic sand got into our eyes,ears, clothes and hair but it was okay as it added to the senses. The lighthouse there is magnificent and so lonely. The colors...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

This is not only a museum but a great outdoor learning area. After touring the museum we were asked if we wanted to climb up in the lighthouse. It is a self guided climb of about 140 steps to the top. Fortunately the weather cooperated...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

The image of the lighthouse, stark against the grey ash and blue sea was worth seeing but that really was all there is to it. Other Volcanic areas, say in the Canary Islands are more interesting but on an island with limited things to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Great geological spot that was created only 60 years ago! Amazing volcanic activity has left new land on Faial that you can explore, climb and hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank revett2016
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Knowing that this place of Faial is created only 60 years ago makes it an interesting place. The lookout point is great and gives you a good view of the whole place. Do combine visiting it with a walk around the nearby located pico's.

Date of experience: September 2018
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