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Pictures from Faial Island in the Azores: Ponta dos Capelinhos and Lighthouse.

Ponta do Capelinhos in Faial Island, Azores.
Ponta dos Capelinhos in Faial Island, Azores.

While the main and old Caldera (2000 m perimeter) is located in the center of Faial Island, the volcanic complex of Capelo consisting of over 20 escoria cones and lava fields is situated on the western coast of the island. It includes the Capelinhos volcano that erupted from September 1957 till October 1958. 300 houses were destroyed. Due to the close relations with Portugal, the USA took temporary measures (the Azorean Refugee Act of September 2, 1958) allowing 1500 refugees from the beleaguered parishes to immigrate to the United States. The eruption provided the island with more 2.4 km² of land, the escarpment at Ponta dos Capelinhos.

Although the Capelinhos volcano is dangerous, a trail network runs from the Visitors Center and lighthouse to the caldera summit.

Ponta dos capelinhos Lighthouse in Faial Island, Azores
Ponta dos Capelinhos Lighthouse in Faial Island, Azores.  

The Lighthouse of Ponta dos Capelinhos is a former lighthouse located along the coastal peninsula of Ponta dos Capelinhos and Costa Nau, in Faial Island (Azores). Constructed in the late 19th century, it is a symbol on the island, for the eruption of Capelinhos volcano in 1957-58.

The lighthouse is constructed in volcanic basalt. It became operational in 1903. Presently, the tower is home to the Interpretation Centre, featuring the most advanced multimedia and exhibition techniques. The visit ends with a climb to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy an unbeatable visual experience.

A second lighthouse in Faial Island inaugurated in 1919. It was severely damaged by the 1998 earthquake.



More pictures from the Azores
Find here many pieces of information and more pictures of Dirk Wuyts (ADC Scuba Diving Antwerp Club) about his trip to the Azores: Pico Island, Faial Island and several diving spots.

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Pictures from Faial Island: Ponta do Capelinhos and Lighthouse. Travel guide and directory to the Azores with many nice pictures.