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Flores

It is on the western most point of Europe that we feel most at home; it is as if we walked through a large garden, blooming with joy. A small paradise where everything is beautiful, an enchanted valley, were this not the Island of Flores.

Visita Obrigatória

Mesquita de Pimentel House Museum – Integrated in the Municipal Library
The Mesquita de Pimentel House Museum is a typical seventeenth century Flores aristocratic villa, built in 1640 and 1650. This is thought to be the island's oldest house; inside it had great pieces of furniture, a bread oven, a grain pit, and an underground barn from a time when there were pirates and privateers.
Its facilities include a children's library, toy and leisure library, a space dedicated to authors from Flores, and multimedia equipment.
It is certainly an obligatory stop for those wanting to get to know the soul of the people who live in Flores.

Flores Museum
The Flores Museum is governed by the Regional Department of Culture and is composed of two museums:

  • Environmental and Cultural Centre of Boqueirão Whaling Factory
    The whaling factory is one of the most important buildings of the whaling architecture. It was built for the production of whale oil, which was the first great industry on Flores, as well as the economic activity that most benefited the local population. 
    The first operations in this factory were in the summer of 1944, a period that was marked as the heyday of whaling worldwide, when there was an exciting increase in the price of oil.
    Now, it is the site of the Environmental and Cultural Centre of Boqueirão Whaling Factory, an interpretive centre with an educational perspective that allows the people of Flores to relive their ancestral memories. The Flores Hotel is nearby.
  • São Boaventura (Saint Bonaventure) Convent:
    This convent is the result of a donation made by Father Ignatius Cole in 1641. It was an important Franciscan Centre until the end of the sixteen hundredths. In 1832, this conventual inn was closed by imposition of Dom Pedro due to the appearance of Liberalism. In 1855, its ownership passed to Antonio Peixoto Pimentel who founded the Hospital das Flores here, in 1878.
    In 1969, it became the island's preparatory school and in 1980 a Municipal Interest Monument. In 1993, after restoration, it reopened as the Flores museum.

Mother Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Conception)
The Mother Church was built in the mid-sixteenth century and is one of the largest in the Azores. The façade boasts ornate Moorish details and the interior is simple and heavy. The temple is built entirely with gray stone.

Nossa Senhora de Lourdes (Our Lady of Lourdes) Church
Located in Lugar da Fazenda, its construction began on January 24, 1897, and was completed in 1909. It has a simple interior and two massive bell towers.

Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário(Our Lady of the Rosary)
It was built in the eighteenth century but was rebuilt in the mid-nineteenth century and restored in the early twentieth century. It has two hemispherical dome towers in a single main body, which has within it a rich combination of carved and gilded wood painted in blue-green.
This church has the image of Our Lady of the Rosary, recognized as the image with the highest artistic level on the island of Flores.

The lakes, the Rocha dos Bordões (Staff Rock) and the dozens of waterfalls are on the southwest side of Flores Island, where one can see one of the most unique and beautiful views of the Atlantic:

Waterfall of Ribeira Grande - Fajãzinha

The waterfall of Ribeira Grande is a large waterfall dozens of meters high where the water falls between beautiful green mountains.

Poço do Bacalhau
Located between the parish of Fajã Grande and Lugar da Ponta da Fajã, Poço do Bacalhau is a small and extraordinary pool that offers good swimming, with easy access for any age group. It also has a natural hydro massage next to the black rock of the powerful Ribeira das Casas waterfall.

Sete Lagoas (Seven Lakes)
Made up by the Lagoa Funda; Lagoa Branca; Lagoa Comprida; Lagoa Rasa; Lagoa Lomba; Lagoa Funda das Lajes and Lagoa Seca which were formed by the volcanoes that also formed the island.
They posses a spectacular view and are a must see for those who visit this island.

Gruta dos Enxaréus
Located between Santa Cruz das Flores and Caveira is a huge cavity on the seashore, and it is one of the most attractive spots on the island. The visit can only be done by sea; there are local companies that specialize in these trips.


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