Vila Franca do Campo Tours

Founded in the 15th century, Vila Franca do Campo rose to become the largest on the island of São Miguel. It served as the capital of the Azores in the 16th century when it was tragically hit by a major earthquake. The capital was moved after the earthquake and subsequent mudslides destroyed much of the settlement as it was then. Following its reconstruction, it became an agricultural hub, particularly for orange and pineapple plantations. Some of the most beautiful architecture on the island can be found in its modernist lighthouse and many churches and convents. 

There is also a small caldera (volcanic crater) just off its shore forms a popular natural swimming pool. The isle is green and lush, the beach is lovely and clean, and the lake at its center forms a nearly perfect circle. The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo is classified as a nature reserve, which helps to maintain its raw beauty.

Practical Info

Vila Franca do Campo is located on the southern end of São Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal. Most flights arrive in Ponta Delgada, from which it’s about a 20-minute drive to Vila Franca do Campo.
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Address: Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, Portugal
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São Miguel East Full Day Tour with Furnas Including Lunch

Discover the east side of São Miguel island, home to volcanic landscapes and geothermal wonders, on a 9-hour day trip from Ponta Delgada. Admire panoramic views from Nossa Senhora da Paz, a secluded mountain church, visit Furnas Lake (Lagoa das Furnas) and observe volcanic springs and gas vents. Enjoy a relaxing bath in the thermal pools of Furnas (optional, not included). Plus, you’ll eat a ‘cozido’ lunch cooked in geothermal grounds, visit the beautiful waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, and take a tour of a tea factory.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$67.95 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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$67.95 USD

Azores - Combo Tour Two Days Sao Miguel

See the highlights of São Miguel, the largest island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, on this 2-day tour from Ponta Delgada. With this tour, skip the hassle of renting a car and enjoy easy transportation to remote areas of São Miguel Island. Experience the local culture, taste regional cuisine, and visit idyllic crater lakes such as Fire Lake, Sete Cidades Lake, and Furnas Lake.
  • Duration: 14 to 16 hrs
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$115.17 USD
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  • Duration: 14 to 16 hrs
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Whale Watching in the Azores - Full Day

The best way to explore the beauty of the Azores is on a boat. Take two boat tours in a single day on this sightseeing tour from Ponta Delgada, which includes a 3-hour whale watching tour and a trip on a converted traditional fishing boat to a snorkeling spot rich in fish diversity.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$92.14 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet

Set out on a full-day whale watching tour from the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo. Learn about the behavior of dolphins and whales during the boat journey and then relax over lunch in a seafront restaurant. Return to the marina for a ride on a traditional fishing boat to see the Princess Ring Islet. Enjoy free time for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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$104.81 USD
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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Full-Day Furnas Valley Tour Including Lunch

Explore the wonders of Sao Miguel’s Furnas Valley on this informative full-day tour with a small group, including lunch. Visit the island’s famed ceramic factories, snap memorable photos at Caloura, Vila Franca Do Campo and Furnas. See Furnas lake and the surrounding hot springs and indulge in a traditional Sao Miguel lunch of ‘cozido,’ a rich stew cooked by thermal vents underground. You won’t want to miss the tea factory and the Ribeira Grande City with its beautiful architecture. This is a small group tour to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$69.10 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Furnas Hot Springs Half-Day Tour

Spend time admiring the natural outdoor beauty of Furnas on this Hot Springs half-day tour. You won’t have to worry about getting lost on unmarked countryside roads, as round-trip transport is included, and your guide will navigate. Save time waiting in visitor lines, as admission tickets are provided. Get access to the Furnas Lagoon, Terra Nostra Botanic Gardens, the fumaroles, and much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.83 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Boat Fun Activities

Make the most of your vacation time with this boat tour of the São Miguel coast near Ponta Delgada. In a few hours, travel along the coast as far as the Vila Franca do Campo Islet and back, passing São Roque and Caloura along the way. Keep your cameras handy for beautiful views of the island and beaches, spot dolphins and other sea life, and try out kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and snorkeling gear.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$40.31 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Walking Tour: Lagoa do Fogo from Ponta Delgada

Discover the ‘Lake of Fire’ on this small-group hiking tour that takes place on Wednesdays. Explore the lush jungle of Sao Miguel as you make your way up to Lagoa do Fogo, 1800 feet above sea level, and enjoy a dip in the cool waters. Admire the beautiful views of the southern coast of Sao Miguel during your descent and complete about 7.5 miles by the end of the tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$63.34 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Nail Hill Hiking Trail

Hike along some of Sao Miguel’s best trails and discover the beauty of the Azores. Walk through lush forests to reach a beautiful waterfall. Admire the picturesque scenery as you enjoy a picnic by the falls and then make your way back through the small village Vila Franca do Campo to get a glimpse of local life.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$97.90 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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