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Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca do Campo is situated about 50 minutes drive from Ponta Delgada. If you survive the journey (you’d better have a strong stomach when taking local buses over here) along the winding roads. But the scenery is stunning: colourful quaint houses, green hills with cows grazing around and many joyful birds. And the ocean of course!

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We were not the only ones who came to admire the ocean.

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The climate in this region is mild and humid, with temperatures oscillating between 14 °C (57 °F) and 22 °C (72 °F), and with regular precipitation, responsible for the fertile soils.

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This is Hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Paz. What a place! It’s just a pity that you cannot go in.

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In 1967, they constructed 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.

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