Vila Franca do Campo, south coast Sao Miguel

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photograph of Vila Franca do Campo, south coast Sao MiguelVila Franca do Campo, south coast Sao Miguel, Azores.

Vila Franca do Campo has the main south coastal road running straight through the middle of it, passing the town square, where every time we passed there seemed to be a plethora of men drinking beer in the many cervezerias, or sitting in doorways to smoke.

The town has a nice little water park with slides and water chutes, right next to a large hotel and pretty sandy beach. It's a lovely spot.

From the marina, you can go whale and dolphin watching (though you should book 2 or 3 days in advance) or catch the little fishing boat to the island of Ilheu Vila Franca do Campo (just turn up for this). This ten minute boat trip cost us 3 euros return (summer 2008) and was well worth it. It sails out to the little island, which used to be a volcano, on a perpetual round trip in summer. On the island, you can swim in the huge, sea-filled volcanic crater, which now acts as a giant swimming pool: a fantastic experience to tell the folks back home! I went on a whale watching trip too. It cost 50euros (summer 2008) and we were out for nearly 3 hours. Sadly we didn't see any whales, but we saw plenty of dolphins (Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and Common Dolphin), which was a treat. And actually, racing along in a boat, on a fairly choppy sea was pretty exciting too!

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Map of Azores showing the location of Vila Franca do Campo, south coast Sao Miguel at Latitude 37.71614 / Longitude -25.43228.
We have visited Azores on a number of occasions to produce this tour, this page was created on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:53:24 +0100.

 

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