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Flores Island - Azores

The island of Flores is 16.6 km long and has 12.2 km at its maximum width, which translates into a surface of 141.4 sq. km. Together with the island of Corvo, which is 17.9 km away, it forms the Western Group of the Azores Archipelago.

The European Continent has its westernmost point on this piece of land where 3 793 people live (2011 data). At an altitude of 911 metres, the Morro Alto is the island’s highest point and is located at 39°27’48’’ latitude north and 31°13’13’’ west.

During the 16th and the 17th centuries, the island lived in tranquillity and isolation, a condition that was threatened by the frequent and unwelcomed visits of privateers. As Europe’s westernmost point, Flores had a highly relevant tactical position and functioned as a strategic location for the logistic support that the Crown provided to ships arriving from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Consequently the island was closely watched by privateers and pirates, whilst they quietly awaited the passing of Spanish galleons filled with precious metals from the Americas and Portuguese carracks from the East.

The opening of the airport in 1972 and the construction of modern ports led to a greater integration of the Western Group in the Azores Archipelago. The services sector now supports the island’s economy, employing about 60% of the local workforce, with tourism playing an increasingly larger role.

The Azores has a maritime climate with moderate temperatures that vary from 16°C (60°F) in the winter to 26°C (79°F) in the summer. Sea temperatures are influenced by the Gulf Stream, and are also mild, between 14°C and 22°C on average.

Hotel, B&B and Camping

Aldeia da Cuada, Fajã Grande

Argonauta, Fajã Grande

Casa Atlantida, Fajã Grande

Casas da Cascata, Fajã Grande

Fajazinha.com, Fajazinha

Guest House Malheiros Serpa, Santa Cruz das Flores

Hotel das Flores - Fundação INATEL, Santa Cruz das Flores

Hotel Ocidental, Santa Cruz das Flores

Hotel Servi-Flor, Santa Cruz das Flores

Sítio da Assumada, Fajã Grande


Airbnb in Flores Island - Azores


Camping:

Fajã Grande, Free camping adjoined to a local bar and a natural swimming pool. Hot showers and places to wash your clothes.

Santa Cruz, Local bar, natural swimming pool, showers and places to wash your clothes.

Táxi, Bus, and transport to Corvo Island

Táxi

Name Phone Languages Based on
Silvio Medina +351 918 804 210 PT - EN Santa Cruz das Flores
Luiz Freitas +351 917 479 341 PT - EN Santa Cruz das Flores
John Coelho +351 965 261 663 PT - EN Santa Cruz das Flores
José António Semião +351 967 080 386 PT Santa Cruz das Flores
José António Melo +351 967 098 069 PT Santa Cruz das Flores
João Maria +351 967 097 750 PT Ponta Delgada
César Fonseca +351 962 409 193 PT - EN - FR Lajes
Francisco Belo +351 965 500 853 PT Lomba

BUS

Santa Cruz - Fazenda - Cedros - Ponta Ruiva - Ponta Delgada

Santa Cruz - Caveira - Lomba - Fazenda - Lajes

Santa Cruz - Fajã Grande

Lajes - Lajado - Mosteiro - Fajãzinha - Fajã Grande

Transport to Corvo Island

By air Sata - Azores Airlines

By boat Atlanticoline Pink Line: Flores and Corvo

Who to contact in an emergency:

Police (PSP) +351 292 592 115

Police (GNR) +351 292 592 327

Fire Department +351 292 590 090

Healthcare Center +351 292 590 270

Azores - Certified by Nature

The Azores have sought to establish themselves as islands of quality and excellence, where what is genuine and unique marks the difference and imposes itself in a globalized world, contributing to the development of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. The classification by UNESCO of the historical centre of Angra do Heroísmo and of the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture as world heritage sites is an important recognition, as is the classification of the islands of Graciosa, Flores and Corvo as Biosphere Reserves.

In other areas, the archipelago stands out as a prime tourist destination that respects environmental and socio-cultural values. Different initiatives and national and international awards have attested this, and they include the election of the Sete Cidades Lake and of the Pico Volcanic Landscape as Natural Wonders of Portugal, as well as the distinction of "second best islands in the world in terms of sustainable tourism", where along with the friendliness of the people, a successful environmental preservation and an harmonious tourism development are praised. The Azores Geopark joined the European Network and Global Geoparks Network in March 2013 under the sponsorship of UNESCO.

All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are volcanic origin and are located in the North Atlantic, scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo, approximately between 37° and 40° north latitude and 25° and 31° west longitude. According to 2011 data, 246,772 people live in this island territory that covers 2,325 sq.km, distancing 1,600 km from mainland Europe (Portugal) and 2,454 km from the North American continent (Canada).

The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. The Azores, along with the archipelagos of Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, constitute the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, a name which means "fortunate islands" for those who live there and visit them.

Pictures from Julio Boim Esteves (flickr)

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