We welcome you to Vila Franca do Campo and to the holiday appartment “Casa Abacaxi”, which is semi-attached to our own private house. Our house is located in the upper part of the town, in a quiet and beautiful 4.000 sqm garden, surrounded by pineapple greenhouses and residential buildings. The property used to be a pineapple plantation, thus the name “Casa Abacaxi” (pineapple).
From the garden you have an amazing view, overlooking the village, the ocean as well as the offshore bathing island “Ilhéu da Villa”. By clear sight you can see our neighbouring Island “Santa Maria”, 100km off São Miguel.
With nightfall you will hear the peculiar call of the Scopoli's shearwater bird – a call which will not sound like a bird’s on first encounter.
Vila Franca is a small town with a population of about 5000 people at the south side of São Miguel.
The people here are friendly, welcoming and helpful, and most importantly nobody is in a hurry around here.
There are a number of small shops, a big supermarket, bars and restaurants, many churches, schools, doctor‘s offices, a hospital, a fire department and many more traditional clubs.
Needless to say there is a harbour as well, which is made up of a fishing port and a sailing port. At the sailing port (Marina) you‘ll find touristic activities like whale watching, swimming with dolphins, trips by boat to the close by island, diving courses, stand-up paddle, sailing tours and many more. Next to the sailing port you‘ll find the guarded beach, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
All Acoreans love to party. And where there is a party there will be loud fire crackers. Apart from mass most festivities are accompanied by processions through town and a marching band. At times festivities turn into a small festival and bands will play.