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Vulcão dos Capelinhos, Faial Island

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The Capelinhos is a monogenetic volcano located on the western coast of the island of Faial in the Azores. It is part of the larger Volcanic Complex of Capelo, that includes 20 scoria cones and lava fields that are aligned west-northwest to east-southeast from the Cabeço Gordo caldera. Although the name "Capelinhos" is associated with the volcano, it technically refers to the western cape of the parish of Capelo. It can be considered the westernmost point of Europe, if the Monchique Islet, near Flores Island, also in the Azores, is considered part of insular North America, for it seats on the North American Plate.A volcanic eruption lasted for 13 months, from September 27, 1957 until October 24, 1958, which may have been two overlapping volcanic eruptions. While enlarging the land by 2.4 km², it spawned 300 seismic events, hurled ash 1 km, destroyed 300 houses in the parishes of Capelo and Praia do Norte and caused the evacuation of 2,000 people . On October 25, the volcano entered a period of dormancy. It is a part of an active fissural volcanic complex which creates multiple seismic and volcanic events.
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  • Extraordinary scenario (single), to visit with family, friends. You can visit the interpretation centre. Can simply go hiking and climbing a mound created by the eruption of the volcano. You can also take a dip in the small port located about 400 metres from the Centre of interpretation.
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  • Being there feels like visiting another planet. A huge black piece of desert created on a place that used to be the ocean just 60 years ago. When I saw Capelinhos on a photo before coming to Faial I t...  more »
  • Without doubt a unique landscape unparalleled in Portugal. Being a volcanic archipelago, what better place to learn the story of the formation of the archipelago of the Azores.
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  • What an amazing place !!! The landscape is incredible, really worth to walk all the way to the sea
  • worth climbing up, there's a fumarole
  • It impresses the place, the magnificent interpretation centre.
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  • Very pretty!!!
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  • Excellent! Deserves to visit who like these natural phenomena.
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