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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 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank revett2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Koen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a trip to Capelinhos and were amazed to see the amount of volcanic ash and an incredible landscape that left us feeling that we were walking on the moon. There are vast deposits of ash and lava that create an almost surreal feeling....More

Thank JBPortlandOR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to access area, about 30 mins from Horta. We did not go in, but there is supposedly a very interesting museum, lighthouse , and gift shop. Very cool to see this landscape that was formed from volcanic activities in the 50s. Next to Capelinhos...More

Thank Max G
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

I've never seen a place like this. The visit is mandatory if you're in the island. You can see a lot of birds, and how the plants try to grow despite the coinditions.... Beautiful nature

1  Thank anapl76
Reviewed 4 August 2018

This is an incredible landscape - not that many opportunities to see the landscape and safely walk on volcanic rock around a 60 year old volcano! Pay the 1 euro to climb the lighthouse to the top you'll get a good bird view of the...More

1  Thank YN2005
Reviewed 19 July 2018

A trip to see Capelinhos Volcano outside of Horta, is a very worthwhile experience. This area is a result of numerous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in 1957/58. We rented a scooter, and enjoyed the quiet roads. We checked out the futuristic visitor centre, before heading...More

1  Thank Morag V
Reviewed 17 July 2018

This recent eruption (50 years) has left its mark this end of the island. There is no grass or any other growth. Just a lot of dark sand and rock. It almost looks like a desert. It is beautiful sight to see.

Thank Peggy S
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Capelinhos is stunning! A series of volcanic eruptions in 1957-58 changed the landscape from small villages and pretty landscape to one of desolation. A lighthouse, where scientists had set up their observation station during the initial eruptions, was nearly covered in black ash and still...More

Thank Jane R
Reviewed 11 July 2018

This is fantastic piece of rock, especially nice to visit in sunset (this IS the westernmost part of island, and btw the westernmost piece of land on European Plate). In the day, there are usually several other tourists, but the sunset is a great spot...More

Thank The_Protagonist
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