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Capelinhos

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Capelinhos

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Capelinhos, Faial Island Portugal
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Walk - Return to Caldeira do Faial
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Walk - Return to Caldeira do Faial

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Caldeira is a crater of a 410,000-year-old sleeping volcano that lies in the central part of Faial Island, has a diameter of 2000 meters and a depth of 400 meters.<br><br>Get ready to see the fantastic landscapes of the crater's interior, as well as all the parishes around the island along this trail at over 1000 meters.
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Mike D wrote a review Mar 2020
Littleton, New Hampshire116 contributions42 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Antonio M wrote a review Sep 2019
Stockholm, Sweden38 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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ron d wrote a review Jul 2019
Caloundra, Australia555 contributions210 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: June 2019
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travelbbjj wrote a review Jul 2019
Toronto, Canada29 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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pedlerpegg wrote a review Jul 2019
Fleet, United Kingdom140 contributions43 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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