Azores is in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 Calendar

The Azores will host next year, on June 20 and July 21, a stage of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, bringing together the elite of the diving world.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is death-defying high diving into water from heights of up to 27m.

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Once in the air, the divers have approximately three seconds to coordinate their acrobatic movements before they hit water at around 85km/h.
The Azorean stop will take place on the islet of Vila Franca following an application supported by the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Secretariat of Economy.
From 27 metres high and reaching speeds of up to 85kph, the world's best divers will compete head-to-head in seven stops between June and September in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Vila Franca islet
Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Islet of Vila Franca nature reserve with only the sea for interruption.
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.

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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.

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