Capelinhos
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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.
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  • Mike D
    Littleton, New Hampshire116 contributions
    Just amazing
    This volcanic eruption has been a very different kind. The fact that it erupted in 1958 and gradually escalated to a full blown natural disaster is amazing. We were lucky to be guided by Azores Experience they were just equipped to tell the whole story of the eruption and its impact on the people of the island what a story.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2020
  • ricTorino
    Turin, Italy1,395 contributions
    il punto di vista migliore per apprezzare questa meraviglia
    La quasi totalità dei visitatori parcheggia vicino al vecchio faro e si dirige a piedi verso la punta. Solo i più arditi affrontano la dura salita verso la cresta interna del cratere da cui la vista è più gratificante. E' molto meno faticoso parcheggiare l'auto in un piccolo slargo sterrato circa 1500 metri prima del parcheggio e su un sentiero ben tracciato attraversare il dolce avvallamento che è la zona limite dell'eruzione e raggiungere la cresta che è circa alla stessa quota e percorrerla tutta con viste mozzafiato. Opportune (ma non indispensabili) scarpe da montagna. Allegata la mappa con la posizione del parcheggio.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2016
  • Ruben S
    16 contributions
    Witness the earth formation in first hand
    When in first arrive to Capelinhos site, you are overwhelmed by the abrupt landscape change, coming from Horta and the luscious green fields you are presented by the road passing to a desert like view. At first sight you can see the remaining part of the volcanic cone and a lighthouse, but is underground where you can enhance your experience by visiting the Interpretation Center. There you are able to see a 3D movie about the earth formation, several rooms dedicated to the Azores formation, others about volcanism in general. The Interpretation Center it's a must see by it self. The architecture it's extremely unusual. The best: the profound knowledge of Azores formation and volcanism. Bring windbreaker, it's very windy, especially at the top of the lighthouse you are able to visit at the end of the tour. From Horta to Capelhinhos and back three hours should be enough to slowly appreciate this attraction. If you want you can walk through the moon like landscape and explore the freshly created land, add two more hours to the trip then.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2011
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,420 contributions
Oct 2022
I've seen a lot of volcanic islands but this area was spectacular. It's not like anything I've seen before. So worth the visit.
Written November 4, 2022
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Mariana S
9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The sights are insane! Do not miss it.
If you have the chance, visit the museum. It was a very pleasant surprise
Written August 18, 2021
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Mike D
Littleton, NH116 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This volcanic eruption has been a very different kind. The fact that it erupted in 1958 and gradually escalated to a full blown natural disaster is amazing. We were lucky to be guided by Azores Experience they were just equipped to tell the whole story of the eruption and its impact on the people of the island what a story.
Written March 5, 2020
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Antonio M
Lisbon, Portugal37 contributions
Sep 2019
Climb to the top of Capelinhos’ centenary lighthouse, look westwards and you will see a desolate scenario: the dark blue ocean raging furiously against the barren volcanic hill that emerged from the Earth’s depths barely half a century ago in an event so violent that it bent layers of rock like a child bends play-doh.
Now circle the lighthouse’s balcony and look East towards Faial: small white cottages, green hills, blue and pink hydrangeas. Life.
Somewhere in the middle stands the sharp boundary where these two contrasting worlds fight each other, and you know that, slowly but surely, the second will prevail.

Definitely worth a visit!

There is also a visitors’ centre (it is under the lighthouse) where you can learn more about the surrounding area and the volcanic eruption that created it.
Written September 25, 2019
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ron d
Caloundra, Australia626 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
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 is a museum and information centre. We paid €5 (as seniors) for a rather poor video and were feeling a bit cheated until we found that the price included a guided tour with stacks of information about volcanoes in general, volcanic activity in the Azores, and the 1957 eruption. Highly recommended
Written July 16, 2019
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travelbbjj
Toronto, Canada29 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
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.
Written July 12, 2019
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pedlerpegg
Fleet, UK166 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
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 only the 1957/8 volcanic eruption but also volcanoes in The Azores and worldwide. You can also climb to the top of the lighthouse to get a 360degree view of the near-Martian landscape. Truly fascinating!
Written July 7, 2019
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Ceiniog
Pembrokeshire, UK2,001 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
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 posted, except to commend the fact that the Visitor Centre has been constructed partly underground in order to minimize the environmental impact. Congratulations to the designers and architects!
Written June 17, 2019
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lastword2016
Edinburgh, UK558 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
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 the background you’ll need to appreciate what happened. Fascinating.
Written April 20, 2019
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77brad
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
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 are quite dramatic against the grey blue ocean.
Written December 18, 2018
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