Overview

Introduction

The Atlantic’s Garden

Away from the beaten path, 321 miles (517km) from Sao Miguel – 1½ hours flight, the island of flowers is a land of spectacular natural beauty and a real find for nature enthusiasts.

Towering cliffs, a multitude of lakes, waterfalls, small pastures bordered by mile after mile of hydrangea hedges and spectacular views await at every turn.

Santa Cruz, located on the east coast of Flores, is a small village of narrow streets, local snack bars and natural rock pools. The capital is an ideal base from which to explore the island.

Situated on the seashore of a coastal plain, Faja Grande is enclosed by a high cliff with about 20 waterfalls. The village is also home to a small pebble beach and is a noted area for Nearctic land birds.

This peaceful settlement of some 200 inhabitants attracts walkers from all over the world. Two marked trails, 8.5km and 11km respectively, finish in the village and the combination of the two equates to walking the length of the continents westernmost coastline. A unique opportunity!

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About Flores

Area: 143 sq. km
Length: 17 km (11 miles)
Width: 11.5 km (7 miles)
Population: 4,500 inhabitants
Capital: Santa Cruz das Flores

Highlights

Rocha dos Bordoes
Of particular interest is the ‘organ pipes’ – a geological phenomenon formed by the solidification of basalt in high vertical channels which dominates the landscape above the village of Mosteiro on the west coast.

Festivals

Festival of Sao Joao (last week of June)

Activities

Flores Island Tour

Sunvil is able to pre-book the following private taxi tour on Flores. Tours can also be tailor-made to suit the individual requirements of our clients, please telephone us for a quotation.

Flores (Half Day)
Depart from Santa Cruz towards the west coast of the island on the interior road. En route you will stop at the Ribeira da Cruz belvedere and visit the lakes of Lomba, Funda and Rasa. Continue to Fajãzinha and Ponta da Fajã Grande with their beautiful cascading waterfalls. You will also visit the geological phenomenom of Rocha dos Bordoes. Return to Santa Cruz stopping at the Caveira belvedere to admire the view over Santa Cruz, the principal town of the island and the west coast.

Price is £106 per taxi

Notes

  • Excursion Provider: Melo
  • Pick-up from hotels in Santa Cruz (Flores) at 09:00
  • Prices are based on a maximum of 3 people per taxi
  • Half Day (5 hours 30 minutes)
  • Transfers from hotels outside of Santa Cruz are at a supplement on request
  • A qualified English speaking guide can be provided at a supplement on request
  • Not included: Lunch and entrance fees to museums and parks

Self-Guided Walks on Flores

The islands of the Azores, with their mild climate (day time temperature ranging from 14-22 degrees), are the most wonderful islands for walking.

Ponta do Albarnaz – Fajã Grande

This 3 hour (12km) walk is along Flores’ west coast. The route is bordered by hydrangeas and descends and crosses several rivulets before reaching your first view point. Here you can enjoy spectacular views over Maria Vaz islet, Ponta do Albarnaz lighthouse and, on a clear day, the tiny island of Corvo. Continuing on an unmade track you will then descend towards Ponta da Fajã and the quaint village of Fajã Grande, where the walk comes to an end. Grade 2 (Medium)

Lajedo - Fajã Grande

This 3½ hour (13.5km) trail begins in the parish of Lajedo. Along the trail you can observe the western coast of Flores and the adjacent islets. The trail passes by the parishes of Mosteiro, Fajãzinha and Ribeira Grande. Generally the trail runs on an unpaved track with some stone and tarmac areas. Grade 2 (Medium)

Miradouro das Lagoas – Fajã Grande

This 3 hour (7km) walk offers spectacular views along the west coast of Flores and descends to the pretty village of Ribeira das Casas with its gurgling stream. The walk ends at the pool and waterfall of Poça do Bacalhau in Fajã Grande – offering the perfect opportunity for a refreshing swim. Grade 3 (Difficult)

Note

  • The walks can be booked and paid for locally on Flores

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Rosanna is the head of our Discovery Department which covers tailor made holidays to Portugal and the Azores, Italy and Sicily, Scandinavia and the new programme to Spain. She is our longest serving member of staff having joined in 1994 after completing an honours degree in French and Italian and subsequently working for a tour operator in Yorkshire. She is responsible for brochure writing, contracting accommodation, programme costing, computer inputting and generally troubleshoots where necessary. She has global knowledge of our tailor made programme.

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