Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel Island, is currently one of the main tourist centers of the Azores archipelago.

From its inception, prior to 1472, to 1499, the power of the prosperous and populous port-town extended to the whole island, with the domiciled captain, the landed nobility, the great farmers, and the wealthy merchants living there.

In the fertile land, the settlers cultivated wheat in abundance and two industrial plants, the pastel and the sugar cane which, worked in mills, were the object of active commerce with distant countries.

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Azores, the islands of outdoor activities

Trails In the Azores there are dozens of certified trails, on all islands and of different types. From the easy circulars to the challenging climb of Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal (2,351m). There are also high difficulty trails and long routes. The most significant and complete can be found on the island of Santa Maria. Canyoning Cascades surrounded by …

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Azores, a fantastic (and sustainable) destination

And don’t think the competition was weak. The Azores have been ahead of many reputable and famous tourist destinations. Koh Tao in Thailand, Capri in Italy, Bali in Indonesia, Ibiza in Spain, Corsica in France and Santorini in Greece are some big names behind the Azorean archipelago. Big 7 Travel spares no praise to the Azores. The superb landscapes, wildlife, …

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São Jorge, the island of the “fajãs”

This 54 km long and 6.9 km wide maximum island is part of the Central Group and is one of the vertices of the so-called “triangle islands”, together with Faial and Pico, which is 18.5 km away.     Beautifully landscaped the contrast of the central mountain range that runs across the island almost along its length, with the rugged …

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