São Miguel Island: Vila Franca do Campo


Hello my dear blog readers. Here we are in the Azores.

The Azores is a chain of nine islands spread over more than 60 0km of ocean, half way between Lisbon and New York. They are regarded as the westernmost point of Europe. They are located 1,500 km from Lizbon and about 3,900 km from the east coast of North America.


One of the reasons why we are here is this wonderful friend of mine, Alda. She was born on the Sao Miguel Island.







We began exploring this amazing island in Vila Franca do Campo, founded in 1472. Vila Franca was the capital of the island until it was destroyed by a violent earthquake in 1522 and the capital was moved to Ponta Delgada. Today it is a charming town worth a short visit:









A very quiet town, not too many tourists this time of the year.




The biggest attraction in Vila Franca do Campo is the chapel Nossa Senhora da Paz, dominating the landscape on the northern side of the town.



This simple chapel was elaborated into an important scenic attraction with the construction in 1967 of a staircase to represent Pais Nossos dos Mistérios Gozosos e Dolorosos (Our Father and Joyful/Sorrowful Mysteries) prayer, separated into ten flights to symbolize the Ave Maria prayer. (Wikipedia)


From there you have an amazing panorama of Vila Franca and of the Atlantic Ocean:


And now, local oranges in a supermarket:



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  1. Chandra
    March 11, 2017 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Glad you made it! It looks amazing there!!

    • March 12, 2017 at 6:37 am — Reply

      Thank you Chandra, please put the Azores on your list. Amazing!!!!!

  2. Angie and Alda
    March 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm — Reply

    Beautiful pictures Joanna. Viva os Acores !! Enjoy, can’t wait to see more. ❤️

    • March 12, 2017 at 6:36 am — Reply

      Thank you Angie and Alda. More pictures everyday this week.

  3. Ania
    March 12, 2017 at 3:31 am — Reply

    Super !

    • March 12, 2017 at 6:37 am — Reply

      Dzieki Aneczko ze wchodzisz na blog.

  4. Katika
    March 12, 2017 at 11:46 am — Reply

    It looks so pretty there! The water has so many beautiful shades of blue 😊

  5. Katika
    March 12, 2017 at 11:52 am — Reply

    I wonder what those trees are called

    • March 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm — Reply

      Thank you for your comments Katika. The trees are called Plane trees. You find them everywhere in the Azores.

  6. Christina
    March 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    Hi Joanna!

    Gorgeous! Many of the trees and benches remind me of Paris! The ocean reminds me of Hawaii! Breathtaking church!

    Love you,
    Christina and Randy

  7. Bozena Stoch
    March 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    Wspaniale widoki i cudowne drzewa.

  8. Angie
    March 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm — Reply

    The cozido looks delicious!!
    Viva os Acores !! Love Alda and Angie

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