On your visit to Vila Franca do Campo, one of the archipelago’s key tourist centres, visit the islet of Vila Franca.
Located around one kilometre off the coastline, the islet came about following the collapse of a former volcano. Classified as a Nature Reserve, it is almost circular in shape but broken by a sea entrance through one section of its perimeter.
The crater walls are home to much local vegetation. Within, the beauty is compounded by the crystalline waters of the natural swimming pool that features its own stunning beach.
The Vinha da Areia Beach is excellent for bathing and is equipped with all the facilities of a modern water-park.
To the south of the Islet stand two volcanic rock peaks used for nesting by the many marine birds that visit the island. Getting there is easy with a regular summer ferry service between Vila Franca do Campo and the Islet.