Walking through the Capelinhos volcanic site on the island of Faial, part of the nine island archipelago, is a stark reminder of the power of nature over man. The volcano erupted in 1957, added 2kms of land to the island, lasted until the following year, and was captured by a Pathe news cameraman and pilot. You can see it on YouTube. It's awesome in the real sense of the word.
The Azores has a history of volcanic and tectonic activity, and is a stunning destination as a result. Some fabulous vistas,extraordinary wildlife, and walks on the islands, it feels like the tourist destination time forgot. Agriculture still plays a huge part in the economy, but tourism is on the march. Less accessible than the Canary Islands, and with less sure weather, I can only hope it doesn't fall prey to the temptation to over-commercialise, to sell itself out. Talking to the people, I sensed their pride in their Azores' identity, and their lack of hunger for money at all costs. These have bee poor islands for centuries. I wish them well and good luck in their future choices.
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