Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Paz

Beautiful chapel with a spectacular view

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When driving above Vila, you'll suddenly end up on a parking lot beneath intriguing stairs. The stairs lead to the Marian sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Paz (our Lady of Peace). The monumental staircase opens onto one of São Miguels most beautiful landscapes which includes a view of the marvellous Ilhéu. The Ilhéu is the small island in front of Vila Franca. It is what remains from an old volcano. The bay in the middle of the island is used as a natural swimming pool It's marvelous, just pay a local fisherman a small fee to bring you there and enjoy an afternoon there!

Many dolphins live around the island The chapel seen from below The island up close
Watch out for the crabs though

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