Top 10 Things to do in Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal

December 31, 2017 Karren Gelb

Vila Franca do Campo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ ˈfɾɐ̃kɐ ðu ˈkɐ̃pu]) is a town and municipality in the southern part of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores. The population of the municipality was 11,229 in 2011, in an area of 77.97 km². The town proper, which incorporates the urbanized parishes São Miguel and São Pedro, has 4100 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Vila Franca do Campo

1. Azores Fishing

Marina de Vila Franca do Campo | Deck C, Boat, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9500-909, Portugal
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5 based on 92 reviews

Azores Fishing

In Azores Fishing we make your dreams come true! Be prepared to have lots of fun with us! Sea Trips, Big Game Fishing, Coast Fishing, Jigging, Bass Fishing, Bird Watching.

Reviewed By Wendy N

We had an incredible time with Diogo on our fishing trip. We felt safe and at ease out in the ocean on their boat. It was exciting to catch fish after fish. We also saw dolphins which was an added treat. Diogo and Eduardo are...MoreHello Wendy, glad you enjoy our services ??? thanks a lot for your review and all the best. I already laugh Reading your review ??

2. Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL

Marina de Vila Franca do Campo, Loja 4 | Island of São Miguel, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-909, Portugal
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4.5 based on 427 reviews

Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL

Whale Watching and Swimming with Dolphins tours in Azores Islands - near Ponta Delgada, in São Miguel! The best Whales, 2 - 5 hours away from EU, CAN, and the US! 4 resident species, 24 sighted yearlong with 98% success rate and average 3 species per Tour in the top green adventure holidays destination!

Reviewed By Selcuk Soner U - Istanbul, Turkey

Poertkiz'e gitmişken sakın Balinaları seyretme fırsatını kaçırmayın / While you are in Portugal don't miss the chance to watch the whales.Dear Selcuk, Thank you for your review and for your kind words. Hope to have you back for another tour! :)

3. Salto do Cabrito

Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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4.5 based on 301 reviews

Salto do Cabrito

Reviewed By lindawojcik - North Stonington, Connecticut

I read so many reviews that made us think twice before about driving the car down to the waterfall. Don't listen to them. The road is tight; however, it is very safe to drive right down to the waterfall and back up. Make sure you bring a bathing suit no matter what the weather. Water shoes are helpful as the rocks to the waterfall can be a bit tricky. We did it anyway and what a joy to swim in this crystal clean water. Its not hot; yet its not cold either. Jump in and get used to it. Then take the walk up the hillside behind the waterfall on metal walkways that will take you over the top of the waterfall. If you have a fear of heights, you may want to skip it. Its quite intense. I wouldn't miss it. Its quite amazing and takes you to places you would not see otherwise. If you do it, you'll be able to say "I did it." Or you will think.. "I wish I had.."

4. Poca Da Dona Beija

Lomba das Barracas, Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675-044, Portugal +351 296 584 256
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Poca Da Dona Beija

Poça da Dona Beija's ferruginous muds are indicated for cutaneous invigoration, and it's hot waters are therapeutic. All the pools have running water which ensures it's constant renewal. We receive tourists from all over the world looking for some time of relaxation and well-being. You can visit us anytime of the year. Our hot waters are revitalizing both in the Summer and Winter!

Reviewed By Ana C - Radovljica, Slovenia

For only 4 eur, you can enjoy the hot Springs for a loooooong time. Clean, well-maintained, nice, romantic, with toilets, showers, lockers, and a shop where you can buy souvenirs, drinks and even swimsuit.

5. Lagoa do Congro

Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Lagoa do Congro

Reviewed By carse66 - London, United Kingdom

We walked down to the lake as the only way you can see it ! Took about 20 min to get there ! Steep but wide walk way be aware at points you will be climbing over tree roots , walking in mud, on loose shingle and pretty steep coming back up one or two big steps between very large stones but if fit and in trainers or hiking boots it's easy !
So serene and tranquil down there fish flipping out of water, great scenery a kind of Jurassic lake ! Def worth the walk !

6. Pico do Ferro Viewpoint

Furnas, Povoacao, Sao Miguel 9675, Portugal
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Pico do Ferro Viewpoint

Reviewed By carse66 - London, United Kingdom

it was an amazing view of the whole lake - you could do a hike down but it was a bit damp that day and pretty steep so decided to be lazy and be driven down to the lake !

7. Nossa Senhora da Paz

Sao Miguel - Acores | Vila Franca Do Campo, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680, Portugal
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Nossa Senhora da Paz

Reviewed By DickandPaulineP - Worcester, Massachusetts

It is not easy to reach the chapel Ermida but the efforts are fully rewarded by the amazing view over Vila Franca do Campo locality and Little Island of Vila Franca do Campo. You cannot get there by highway but must drive through narrow mountain streets and when getting there you have to climb 110 steps up to Ermida of Nossa Senhora da Paz. The steps are spectacular with ceramic tiles containing the Ten Commandments and Eight Beatitudes that are written on the Ermida walls. The climb is not for the unfit but you are rewarded at end. The little chapel has, as most churches on Island, a slight musty smell.

8. Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha

Estrada Regional da Lagoa do Fogo, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-501, Portugal +351 296 470 779
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Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha

Caldeira Velha is a protected area classified as a Natural Monument of Sao Miguel Natural Park and a geosite of Azores UNESCO Global Geopark. This natural area is a place of secondary volcanism of the Fogo Volcano. It is possible to observe a fumarola and a hot spring that through a stream feeds two natural pools: one with a waterfall, whose water is about 26ºC and the small pool with water at 38ºC. As a protected area and a geosite, exists an Environmental Interpretation Centre with information about the volcanic origin of the Islands, the geodiversity and biodiversity of the Azores, with emphasis on Caldeira Velha, and geothermal powerplant. You may ask for your tour at the Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural pools.

Reviewed By Barills - Montreal, Canada

Visited while touring the Island. Simply peaceful, gorgeous! Changing rooms on site as well as bathrooms. So serene! 2 Euro entrance fee! If your doing a guided tour of the Island and this is a spot you plan on visiting, set aside 30 minutes so you can take a dip in the spring!

9. Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Parque Industrial de Vila Franca, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-114, Portugal +351 296 582 333
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Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Reviewed By occdocbill - La Crosse, WI

We saw this natural oddity from the air while landing and it is even more spectacular up close with the opening to the Caldera lagoon facing the village (great protection from the swells) and amazingly sheer exterior walls and adjacent pillars of rock. The ferry docks at a man made structure, and there are even flush toilets in a small building, as well as a lifeguard shack, but otherwise it is all natural but for the path around the lagoon. There are multiple entry points and a sand bar on the far side at low tide. There are also kayaks, which I assume can be rented, presumably at the harbor allowing some to paddle out to the island, which is perhaps a quarter mile. The water is amazingly clear and abundant with schools of silvery fish as well as some tropical varieties, such as parrot fish. We even watch an octopus slither over the rocks! There are two “caves” on one side, but one should be cautious of the currents and the rocks — entry NOT recommended. I did not see Freshwater showers, but no one seemed to care. Ample spots to sunbathe or hike up the bluffs. The ferry even takes you around the small island on the trip back to view the birds and sheer cliffs. Not to be missed! Ferry takes only 10 minutes and arrives promptly at 10 minutes after the hour.

10. Lagoa do Fogo

Miradouro da Serra Barrosa | Agua de Pau, Sao Miguel, Portugal +351 966 885 448
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Lagoa do Fogo

Reviewed By mirole - Toronto, Canada

We hiked to the lake using the hike leaflet from the visitazores.com website. It is a very rewarding trail across a varied terrain.
The lake itself is beautiful and peaceful.
If you love great views and hiking, this is one of the best of both!
If you want to hike, keep in mind that there is no parking per se at the starting point, just a bit of space for several cars. We went in the morning and were able to park no problem.

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