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Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

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Address: Parque Industrial de Vila Franca, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-114, Portugal
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Lots to do on little Peninsula

Not only is it a neat little feature, but it also provides an excellent beach, snorkeling and whale watching tours

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Mike R
Stratford, Canada
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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not only is it a neat little feature, but it also provides an excellent beach, snorkeling and whale watching tours

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Slovenian Istria, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We were cruising around this island after whale watching, it have interesting geological shape with laguna within it. In the summer time it's possible to take a tour 2-3h swimming in it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Its a nice island. But we didn't find the ticket shop in the first way, it is just a side the boats ( don't expect a big shop). Whit one houre you got time enough to visit the island. If you want to swim (water is not hot hot..) or doing a picknick best to stay 2 hours. Enjoy the... More 

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Faro, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Located on the south coast of São Miguel Island, Vila Franco da Campo was the capital of the island until 1522, when it suffered two strong earthquakes that destroyed it almost entirely. From there, the town became less important with regard to the city of Ponta Delgada. Its architectural heritage still reflects the sheen of the past, both in the... More 

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

If you are in São Miguel you must visit this islet. Take material to snorkel because in the sea bottom you will find an extensive array of wildlife. There's no place to buy food in the islet, so be prepared. You will get there by boat and it will cost you around 5 euros.

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was a fun trip and a very cool island. The swimming was good and there is a shallow section for the little ones. You have to get in line early - they only allow a certain number of people out to the island per day and if you aren't close enough to the front you might not make it.... More 

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Ramonville Saint-Agne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a must for snorkeling lovers! It's a beautiful, rocky, small island, just at the border of Sao Miguel, and you can book hourly roundtrips by buying a 5€ ticket from the marina of Vila Franca do Campo. Inside the island it's a natural pool, house of hundreds of fish of all sizes and colors. It's like swimming in... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Great place to visti on a sunny day,but it can be very very crowded. Crystal clear calm water and not too deep,good to look back at the main land from here. Boat every hour and it only takes a few minutes,but there are the usual rude people that choose to sunbathe on the pathway and when it comes to queuing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate to snorkel, I imagine that would be amazing. However it was well worth the visit. Very beautiful little crater, a perfect oval. Great vistas of the Sao Miguel from there as well. Quick boat ride.

Thank franceinapril
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

It was windy when we went on the ferry yesterday, so probably quieter than usual. At one stage we were the only people snorkelling. I was impressed that there are toilets and a life guard on the island. Sheltered spots out of the wind were quite warm to sunbathe and dry off. We saw quite a few fish in the... More 

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