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Address: Capelinhos, Faial Island, Portugal
Phone Number: 292202000
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The site of the volcanic eruption of 1957-58 on Faial, an island which is...

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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Full Day East Madeira - Camacha, Pico do Ariero, Ribeiro Frio, Portela, Santana

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This visit stood above all the other interesting experiences we'd had on the islands. First saw Capelinhos whilst walking down from Cabeço de Canto. the ash covered ground in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This visit stood above all the other interesting experiences we'd had on the islands. First saw Capelinhos whilst walking down from Cabeço de Canto. the ash covered ground in sharp contrast to the green fields above.The headland has only existed since 1957/8 when an undersea volcano erupted and created a new piece of land. There’s a lighthouse here which had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone should try to go up the spiral staircase and walk around the top of the lighthouse. It's an amazing 360• view. Go slow & let people pass you, if you think you can't do it, you can! There is plenty of room and it is very sturdy.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a lovely day at Capelinhos visiting the centre and lighthouse first with an afternoon swim and sun bath at the near by cove. Centre was very informative and held our kids attention (14 & 10), stopped for a quick lunch good range of sandwiches all reasonably priced and freshly made. Views from the lighthouse were stunning, if you... More 

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Thank clower2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Spent a really interesting few hours at the centre and surrounding area. The old black and white photos of the volcano as it happened in the fifties were really fascinating to see. The surrounding area has a haunting quality and the view from the top of the old lighthouse that survived the eruption (partly buried) is stunning. Very clever how... More 

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Thank Annette T
Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Beautiful view of dark sand and ocean. Anyone should see it. It was windy when we were there - we feeled like in a desert sandstorm. Bring something to protect your eyes :)

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

What an amazing place. Great rock formations, great views, great cliff and the story behind is fantastic.

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Darlington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

This desert like landscape makes such a contrast to the rest of this greenest of islands. There is no charge for entering the area (although there is if you go to the visitors' centre). There is limited free parking (some parking needed on the road during busier times). There is a small bathing area (with steps into the sea but... More 

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

The volcano exhibition is really good not to be missed if you visit the island of Faial in the Azores. It is built completely underground and the 3D film shown is Excellent and really well produced and 3D is very realistic, I really loved the music background to the film, also on show in the complex is original film footage... More 

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Thank Vernon S
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This place is just incredible. One can really feel like just landing on Mars. Its life Earth at its best, the light house, the colours, dark brown, black, contrasting with the blue ocean. Amazing

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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Driving down the smooth modern road, you suddenly enter a strange landscape and then the road ends at the awesome view. The "new" volcanic land is huge! Hard to believe that it all just appeared out of the sea in only a year. This is a must to visit.

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