Ilha das Flores – What to Visit and Points of Interest

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Ilha das Flores is one of the wettest islands in the archipelago and abounds in vegetation, with some wild landscapes that differ from the other eight islands.

Basalt predominates, in the form of high plateaus where waterfalls stand out on their steep rocks. It also offers a fantastic view of the smallest island in the Azores archipelago, Corvo.

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Poço Alagoinha - Ilha das Flores, Azores

See and learn more about the points of interest and places to visit in Flores:

Lagoa Negra and Lagoa Comprida

(C) Sara

(C) Sara

(C) Sara

These two lagoons are distinguished by their color. They are side by side, with Lagoa Negra being green (left) and Lagoa Comprida having a dark tone (right). Although it seems like their names are switched, that’s actually correct. Lagoa Negra is about 100 meters deep and has a small waterfall that flows into Lagoa Comprida.

Poço da Alagoinha or Lagoa das Patas

Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro
Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro
Fotografia de Silvia Freitas

This is one of the most sought-after places when visiting Ilha das Flores. The images we see in various photo galleries of the Azores leave us in awe of such beauty. Poço da Alagoinha is formed by 20 breathtaking waterfalls.

The peace, tranquility, and silence present in this place (except for the sounds of nature: waterfalls, birds, and wind) make it simply magical. Take the time to enjoy and relax.

Poço do Bacalhau

Poço do Bacalhau – Flores
Poço do Bacalhau – Flores
Fotografia de Carla Dias

At Poço do Bacalhau, you will find a fantastic 90-meter high waterfall located near Fajã Grande. It is also a popular spot for swimming, even with the very cold water coming from the mountains.

Lagoa Rasa & Lagoa Funda

Lagoa Funda
Lagoa Funda
Fotografia de Carla Dias

The view of Lagoa Rasa and Lagoa Funda – at different altitudes – is phenomenal. Although there is no specific viewpoint to appreciate this natural beauty, you can do so from various spots along the road to the hills.

Rocha dos Bordões

Bordões
Bordões
Fotografia de Jorge Almeida

Rocha dos Bordões consists of huge basalt columns, no one is indifferent to this natural work of art. A phenomenon formed from the interior of a volcanic cone, which over thousands of years and through an erosive process, exposed its interior.

Island Coast

Ilhéu Maria Vaz
Ilhéu Maria Vaz
Fotografia de Sónia Castro

Ilha das Flores has an impressive coast with equally fantastic views. A boat trip along the entire coast will undoubtedly be one of the activities to undertake during your stay. Take the opportunity to appreciate the island’s beauty from various angles.

Museu da Fábrica da Baleia do Boqueirão

At the whale factory in Santa Cruz is the Museu da Fábrica da Baleia do Boqueirão, where you can learn more about the topic and its history through a timeline that covers more than 40 years of the whaling industry. You can also watch a documentary that accompanies the daily routine of a whaler.

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Ilha das Flores Video

The video below shows, through fantastic images captured by Jorge Almeida (to whom we thank for the video on the byAçores homepage), the beauty and magic of the island – considered by many – the most beautiful of the Azores.

 

These are some of the main points of interest on Ilha das Flores. Enjoy your stay to also appreciate the local cuisine, as well as visit the neighboring island, Corvo.

A ilha do Corvo vista da ilha das Flores
A ilha do Corvo vista da ilha das Flores
Fotografia de Carla Dias

Enjoy your stay on Ilha das Flores!