Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo, the enchanting islet of the Azores archipelago
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Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo, the enchanting islet of the Azores archipelago

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Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo, the enchanting islet of the Azores archipelago

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo is a charming island within the Azores archipelago, located west of the coast of Portugal. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and just a short distance from the island of San Miguel, this islet is certainly one of the most suggestive places in the Azores. Its perfectly circular shape is particular and was formed due to the collapse of an ancient volcano whose crater became a natural swimming pool with a small beach.



The islet is connected to the sea by a small channel called Boquete, a narrow passage that allows the entry of ocean water, keeping it well sheltered from violent breaking waves and wind. The crater walls are covered with endemic vegetation, where many species of seabirds find shelter. Today the island of Vila Franca do Campo is classified as a Nature Reserve, in order to protect and safeguard the entire habitat from the invasion of man.



This extraordinary paradise can only be visited in the summer months, between June and September. It can be reached by a ferry that departs from the Tagarete Pier, with access limited only to a certain amount of people. Once off the ferry, you immediately realize that you are in a magical place, a hidden corner that allows you to experience the incredible thrill of swimming inside a volcanic crater.



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