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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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Cities

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Sights and Activities

The hike between Ponta Delgada and Faja Grande is absolutely stunning. It is a bit challenging when you descend a good 300 vertical meters on very steep slopes at the end.

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Events and Festivals

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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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Getting Around

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Eat

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Drink

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Sleep

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

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