Flores Island, Supreme Beauty and Nature, Not Yet Overly Touristed

Lake Rasa in Flores Island, Azores

(July 16 to 25, 2017): Friends and families, if you love hiking and seeing unspoiled nature and have time and money saved, visit Flores Island in the Azores, autonomous region of Portugal. We loved all the things in Flores Island . Just going up the hill for 30 minutes from the marina/anchorage, you are all alone with nature. We enjoyed hiking and walking around the town. One day, we took an all-day island tour. Another day, we took a fast boat ride to the next island Corvo and walked into the Caldera at the top. Walking the trails, I solely listened to the birds and dove myself into the forest of wild flowers, cedar woods, Hydrangea flowers, and various herb plants.

Ferry Boat Leaving Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island is my favorite island among all the others I have ever visited. It is different from Galapagos Islands and Easter Island. The main reason I liked this island is because it has not been so commercialized. It is not so touristic yet but it offers lots. There is a small airport on both Flores and Corvo islands. There are Ferry boats running from a bigger island. It does not offer many jobs to local people. It is easy to see well-built stone houses left abandoned. The young people leave the island for modern opportunity and the old people die.

Our tour guide (Silvio Medina/Fluent English Speaking, http://www.toursofflores.com) told us, a week in Flores is about the right amount of time to discover the island. Staying in winter is not so pleasant.

S/V Bad Bunny and Our Buddy Boat at the Flores Anchorage, Azores

PS: We were uncomfortable entering and leaving the marina with our boat size so we stayed in the anchorage. The anchorage in Flores Island was not our favor but we were anchored for 10 days. Staying on the boat at the anchorage is like doing balancing exercise all the time even while sleeping. Before I go to bed, I put many cushions by my side in bed so I don’t move from side to side. We rolled all the time like the pendulum on a clock. At the same time, we were concerned about the boat rigging damage possibly caused by ongoing rolling and pitching. During our stay, we never managed to rest on the boat because of the rolling. When we were on the shore, we worried about the anchor holding especially when it was windy. Despite our dislike of the anchorage, we liked truly the vivid nature and our lunch break time with Azorean cheese and bread, Portugal wine, and the sweetest and juicy fruits.

Welcome to the Most Western County of Europe, Flores Island, Azores


Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

View of Corvo Island under Cloud from Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Thick Moss Bed in Flores Island, Azores

One of the Lakes in Flores Island, Azores

Hydrangea Flowers in Corvo Island, Azores

Caldera in Corvo Island, Azores

Rock Formation in Flores Island, Azores

Caldera in Corvo Island, Azores

Active Water Mill House in Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Natural Swimming Pool in Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Hiking with Other Boat People, Flores Island, Azores

Corvo Island, Azores

Port (bottom left corner) and Airport Runway in Corvo Island, Azores

Airport in Flores Island, Azores

S/V Bad Bunny Anchored near Flores Marina, Azores

Small Marina in Flores Island, Azores

Flores Marina (in the Middle) Viewing from Anchorage, Azores

Neighbor Yacht in Flores Island, Azores

Whale Museum in Flores Island, Azores

Book Exchange Place near Flores Marina, Azores

Limpets (Aquatic Snails with a Shell), Eat Raw or Grilled, Flores Island, Azores

Flowers on the Boat, Flores Island, Azores

Sign for Men’s Room

Sign for Ladies Room

Free WiFi Zone in Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

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