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Stage 3 : Faial Island

Technical informations

42 km

2100 m 2100 m

1019 m 10 m

The Volcanoes Trail starts in the youngest piece of land of Portugal, the Capelinhos volcano, where you have the sensation that you are on another planet. Here it´s possible to walk on a terrain formed by ashes, tuff and volcanic bombs with 58 years old. The start line is at the sea level in the “Comprido´s” port, the most important and biggest whaling station of the Azores between 1940 and 1957, the year when the volcano started its eruption.

The trail rises up through the peninsula of Capelo and crosses 10 sleeping volcanoes entering in the “Levada”, considered the biggest work of hydraulic engineering of the 60´s in the Azores. After 9 Km passing through bridges and tunnels of this artificial and spectacular water channel, there´s the arrival at the Caldeira of Faial, one of the most spectacular volcanic caldera´s on the planet. After making its perimeter, it starts the descent through old roads to the town of Horta placed in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.