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Flores Island - What to see


"A Tropical Experience Unlike Any Other
The island is lined with hydrangeas that form walls and fences. Everything on the island is green striking against a very deep passionate blue water. People are friendly and fun, cows are happy they make you good cheese."
Juana (traveljuana) about Azores




Natural Heritage

The island of Flores has a unique and rare natural heritage that was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009.
With a lush landscape characterised by rugged terrain marked by the presence of cliffs and deep valleys with an abundant presence of water and where streams, waterfalls and lagoons can be constantly observed, giving a strong identity to the geography of the island.

We recommend you contact experienced guides who know the island (see in what to do).



Flores offers wonderfull landscape for nature lovers

Bay of Alagoa
Made of a group of islets and reefs. The green rocks with multi-coloured stripes, are elements which give colour and relief to the landscape.

Gruta dos Enxaréus (Grotto)
Situated between Santa Cruz and Caveira, is an enormous sea side grotto, which is one of the prettiest and most attractive points on the island.

Gruta do Galo (Grotto)
With interesting volcanic formations, has an entry which reminds one main door of an imposing cathedral.
The Galo and Enxaréus grotto can only be reached by boat.

Islet of Monchique
The Islet of Monchique is the westernmost point of Europe and served as a reference point by which nautical navigation instruments could be tuned during the era of astronomical navigation.

Lagoons
The craters of extinct volcanoes gave rise to the seven Lagoons: Lagoa Negra, Branca, Rasa, Comprida, Lomba and Funda, which are sites of rare beauty.

Morro Alto
The highest point of the island (914 meters), have wonderful views over the lakes and the valleys which are cut by rivers.

Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro (Alagoinha)
One of the most magnificent and lush Azorean landscapes, it is characterised by a set of waterfalls that flow down a high steep cliff and into a lagoon.

Poço do Bacalhau
This waterfall has a height of around 90m. The waters accumulate forming a natural pool that invites you to dive, and may thus be used for bathing.

Rocha dos Bordões
Centrepiece of the island, this is a regional natural monument (RNM) of unusual beauty characterised by a phenomenon of prismatic disjunction in the basaltic rock.


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Nuseums, Museological Centres and Libraries

Spread across the different civil parishes, the Museological Centres were created to preserve and disseminate the culture, the heritage and the main activities that have marked its development.

Flores Museum
With a complete museum collection, properly documented, it is installed in the Franciscan Convent of St. Boaventura.

Pimentel Mesquitas's Museum House
It is one of the oldest houses of Flores island ordered and Construct, presumably around the middle of the seventeenth century by Pimentel de Mesquita family who kept in his possession until the late nineteenth century. There the meritorious António Vicente Peixoto Pimentel was born. Currently, this is where the Municipal Library Works.

Environmental Interpretation Center of Boqueirão
It is a place involved in sharing scientific knowledge, and dedicated to promoting and spreading awareness of the most environmentally interesting places on the island.

Museu da Fábrica da Baleia do Boqueirão
Having been erected in 1941 to produce oil, the Whale Factory located in the Industrial Zone of Boqueirão worked until the end of 1981, when the whaling on the island was interrupted. Nowadays the museum is endowed with a valuable ethnographic / museological collection the that recovers the history of this plant on the island of Flores.



Festivities

As in the rest of Azorean archipelago, Flores has a strong connection to the cult of the Holy Spirit. Over seven weeks after Pentecost, dawn ceremonies are held where, across the different chapels called “Impérios”, groups revellers sing songs in honour of the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the year, but especially in summer, the popular festivals in honour of the Patron saints of the civil parishes are one of the manifestations of popular culture in different locations, where gastronomy, traditions and customs are made known to all those who visit.

Parish Feast Month
Santa Cruz das Flores Festa da Praça - Império das Crianças May
Santa Cruz das Flores Nossa Senhora de Fátima May
Fazenda and Santa Cruz das Flores Espirito Santo May
Ponta Delgada Santo Cristo May
Santa Cruz das Flores São João D'Aquela Banda June
Ponta Delgada and Santa Cruz das Flores São Pedro June
Ponta da Fajã Nossa Senhora do Carmo July
Lajes Feast of the Emigrant July
Fazenda de Santa Cruz Nossa Senhora de Lourdes July
Santa Cruz das Flores Espiríto Santo da Praça July
Fazenda das Lajes Senhor Santo Cristo Dos Milagres August
Santa Cruz das Flores Cais das Poças August
Lomba São Caetano August
Lajedo Nossa Senhora dos Milagres August
Ponta Delgada Nossa Senhora da Guia August
Cedros Senhora do Pilar and São Roque August
Mosteiro Santa Filomena August
Fajãzinha Senhora dos Remédios August
Fajã Grande Senhora da Saúde September
Caveira Bom Jesus and Senhora do Livramento September
Ponta Delgada Santo Amaro September
Santa Cruz das Flores Santo António September
Lajes Nossa Senhora do Rosário October
Lomba Nossa Senhora de Fátima and Santa Teresinha October
Fajã Grande Nossa Senhora do Rosário October
Fajâzinha Nossa Senhora do Patrocínio November
Santa Cruz das Flores Nossa Senhora da Conceição December

Churches

All parishes have their own churches in addition to those mentioned below.

Mother Church of Nª Srª da Conceição - Santa Cruz das Flores
Dating from 19th century, this one of the most imposing churches of the archipelago. It has a large main body, divides into three naves by two series of arches. Of special interest is its frontal surrounded by two towers and the chancel which has a magnificent altar.

Church of São Boaventura - Santa Cruz das Flores
Integrated into the Franciscan Convent was built around 1641. A Baroque building, the relief work which covers its interior is of inestimable value, especially in the chancel, which is of Hispanic – Mexican influence.
The vaulted ceiling is of painted cedar wood, with plants motifs and allegorical figures. There is also an important panel depicting the annunciation of the Virgin (16th century), which is attributed to a painter from the Portuguese School.

Church of São Pedro - Ponta Delgada
Rebuilt from the old, 16th century church, this was begun in 1763.
It is a spacious church with a sumptuous chancel of gold painted relief and marble imitation, here in green tones and there in brown. This altar has two other altars at is sides. On one of them is an especially interesting statue of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, with a sublime expression and pitiful eyes. This church, with its notable exterior, possesses a single bell tower.

Mother Church Nª Srª do Rosário - Lajes
Founded in 1515, the original church was built next to the port of Lajes. In the mid-seventeenth century, a second church was built at the current location of the cemetery, and the present church was built in the second half of the eighteenth century. The church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário houses an image of the patron saint of the church and a Holy Candelabrum offered by Pope Pius X to thank the inhabitants of Lajes for welcoming the survivors of the passenger liner “Slavónia” which was shipwrecked off Lajedo civil parish in 1909.

Church of Nª Srª dos Remédios - Fajãzinha
A large and imposing temple, boasting three naves and a fascinating chancel. It was built between 1776 and 1783