Vila Franca do Campo in Sao Miguel Azores

Vila Franca do Campo is on the south coast of Sao Miguel between the cities of Ponta Delgada and Povoacao. This was the first capital of the island but that changed after an earthquake destroyed the city in 1522.

The city boasts much to see and do. There are plenty of historic buildings to admire, including a number of churches with great views. One of which is the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace). Nossa Senhora da Paz is located high above the city. Even if you drive to it there is a set of ten flights of stairs to climb to reach the chapel.

Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Paz in Vila Franca do Campo
Photo by Pat Belchior

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Next is the view from the Chapel. The islet: Ilheu de Vila Franca do Campo is visible just off the coast. It's a great place to visit on a hot summer day

Vila Franca view
Photo by Pat Belchior

Down by the Water

There is much to see and do at the area along the coast of Vila Franca. There is a nice beach, a waterpark, and the marina all along the coast.

Vila Franca rainbow
Photo by Pat Belchior

Vila Franca do Campo city and marina
Photo by Pat Belchior

Vila Franca do Campo bird
Photo by Pat Belchior

This is what the streets of Vila Franca are like

A street in Vila Franca do Campo
Photo by Pat Belchior

Here's my dad, under the rainbow, taking in the marina at Vila Franca

Dad in Vila Franca under the rainbow
Photo by Pat Belchior

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