Flores (Azores)

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Introduction

Flores Island is an island of the Western group of the Azores. It has an area of 143 km², a population of approximately 4,000 inhabitants, and, together with the island of Corvo, lies within the North American Plate. It is best known for its abundance of flowers, hence its Portuguese name of Flores.

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Geography

The island has deep valleys and high peaks; Pico do Burrinho is the highest place on the island, reaching an altitude of 915 metres, while Morro Alto, Sete Pés, Burrinha and Marcel are other peaks on the island. Flores has several inactive volcanoes; Caldeira Funda last erupted in 1200 BC, and Caldeira Comprida in 950 BC. In many situations where water collected in volcanic calderas (or caldeiras in Portuguese), lakes formed: there are seven of these lakes on the island. The Águas Quentes are small hot springs of boiling sulfurous water. The Gruta de Enxaréus is an enormous cavern, about 50 metres long and 25 metres wide.

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Sights and Activities

  • Caveira. From Caveira there is a dirt road that after a couple of km reaches 1 Lagoa de Lomba.
  • Fajã Grande. Village of 200 inhabitants, Fajã Grande is considered the westernmost of European settlements. The village has a pebble beach but the real boon is the possibility of excursions in the surroundings between waterfalls and natural pools surrounded by exuberant vegetation. Despite the uninviting name "Poço do Bacalhau" it is among the most famous natural swimming pools of Fajã Grande, It is fed by a waterfall with a jump of almost 100 metres.
  • Fajãzinha. Village of 70 souls, about 3 km further south with other spectacular waterfalls. Fajãzinha is renowned for freshwater trout fishing.
  • Lajes das Flores. A small town in the south, with the church Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora do Rosário, a small whaling museum, a lighthouse and a yacht harbour edit
  • Santa Cruz das Flores. Capital of the island, with the church Igreja Matriz da Nossa Senhora da Conceição and the Museum of Islands Museu das Flores in the former Franciscan monastery Convento de São Boaventura.
  • Cuada. A village abandoned in 1960 whose inhabitants emigrated to the United States; the houses were restored and converted into tourist accommodation.
  • The crater lake Lagoa Funda and another six crater lakes in the center of the Island.
  • Rocha dos Bordões. Basalt organ pipes,
  • Aguas Quentes. Small hot sulfur springs.
  • The summits Sete Pes, Burrinha, Marcel and Morro Alto.
  • Gruta dos Enxaréus. Visible only by boat, the grotto is the largest of the myriad caves that open at the base of the promontory "La Caveira", about 3 km south of the capital. The marine cave measures 25 x 50 and is of volcanic origin. Like the nearby "gruta de galo", it used to be a hiding place for pirate ships that then gave themselves to the boarding of the galleons coming from Brazil and the other Portuguese colonies. Today Gruta dos Enxaréus is one of the major natural attractions of Flores.

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Weather

Flores Island has a humid subtropical climate that closely borders on an oceanic climate. Its climate is largely influenced by the warm Gulf Stream and the surrounding ocean, resulting in a narrow temperature range and a wet climate. Winters are mild and rainy with a February average of 13.6 °C. Summers are mild with the average temperature in August averaging 25.3 °C during the day and 19.1 °C during the night. Throughout the year, temperatures rarely exceed 28 °C or fall below 5 °C. Precipitation is significant throughout the year although summer months are drier than winter months and there are 240 days with measureable precipitation.

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Getting There

By Plane

SATA Air Azores flies to/from Corvo Island, Horta, Ponta Delgada, Terceira.

By Boat

There is a small boat travelling to/from Corvo. It goes 2 times daily on most days in summer, but only on 2 days in winter (still 2 times on those days though). Depending on the weather, the trip takes 45 to 75 minutes.

Anlanticoline offers a once weekly ferry which travels at night to/from Horta on Faial.

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Eat

  • Pastelaria Snack Bar Amanhecer, Rua Dr. Armas da Silveira 21, Santa Cruz das Flores.
  • E-Legal, Rua Da Esperanca 28, Santa Cruz das Flores.
  • Restaurante Sereia, Rua Dr. Armas da Silveira, Santa Cruz das Flores.

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Sleep

In Faja Grande, Argonauta is an excellent Italian-Portuguese bed-and-breakfast.

  • Hotel das Flores/Inatel, Zona Do Boqueirão, 9970-390 Santa Cruz das Flores. from €37/person.
  • Servi-flôr, Antigo Bairro dos Franceses, 9970-305 Santa Cruz das Flores, ☎ +351 292 592 453.
  • Aldeia Da Cuada, Fajã Grande. approx. €75/person.
  • Camping in Fajã, at the sea.

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