10 Things to Do in Santa Cruz das Flores That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Hana Mouser

Santa Cruz das Flores (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɐ̃tɐ ˈkɾuʒ ðɐʃ ˈfloɾɨʃ]) is a municipality situated in the north half of the island of Flores, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Situated in the sparsely populated Western Group, the population in 2011 was 2,289 inhabitants in an area that covers approximately 70.91 square kilometres (27.38 sq mi), bordering the southern municipality of Lajes das Flores.
Restaurants in Santa Cruz das Flores

1. WestCanyon Turismo Aventura

Rua do Areeiro 52 | Fazenda, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-243, Portugal
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5 based on 191 reviews

WestCanyon Turismo Aventura

WestCanyon Tourism Adventure, is a company that works on Flores Island - Azores - Portugal.Our Goal is to show this lost paradise in a very different way to those who love mixing NATURE and ADRENALINE in a safe way!Come and have fun with our products:- Canyoning;- Jeeptours;- Trekking;- Corvo Discovery;Enjoy LIFE, enjoy NATURE!

Reviewed By Cuvette - Auray, France

Beautiful canyon in Flores! Marco, our guide was very professional and friendly. He gave us valuable advice that allowed us to spend an excellent day. The stuff is up to date and the site is amazing. An experirience not to miss in Flores!Thank you so much for this report.

2. Poco do Bacalhao Falls

Faja Grande, Flores, Portugal
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Poco do Bacalhao Falls

Reviewed By small-skiing-mole - South East England

The waterfall is stunning. It's in 2 sections: an high narrow open fall which tumbles some distance away from the high wooded cliffs spraying water some distance. The wider lower section crashes magnificently down a series of rocks before entering the small pool. You can easily take a dip and cool off in the pool, or just sit mesmerised by the dynamic water dropping some 500 metres (THAT'S A GUESS) down the verdant cliff.
The pool and lower viewpoint is a very short walk from Faja Grande, well signposted from teh north end of the village. It's definite MUST SEE!

3. Faja Grande

Rua das Flores, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-323, Portugal
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Faja Grande

Reviewed By travelagentincayman - Grand Cayman

If you like hiking then Flores is the place for you. It is absolutely stunning and feels like a step back in time. It is very green which means it can rain a lot but that is part of its beauty as it is so lush . Faja Grande was my favourite village , it is really cute with a great restaurant called Jonah's . There is one of the most stunning Waterfalls you will ever see that is near the village and then a pretty hardcore hike . Loved this area. Like I say, if you like hiking and adventure then Flores is for you.

4. Museu da Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao

N.0 2 Rua do Boqueirao, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-390, Portugal +351 292 542 932
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Museu da Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao

Reviewed By seafare74 - SF, California

Regardless of your views on the Whaling days of old, it is interesting to visit the actual processing factory and see firsthand the machinery involved and view videos of the whaler's telling their tales.
The exhibits have English translation and the admission fee is only 2.5€.

5. Morro Alto and Pico do Se Natural Forest Reserve

Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores, Portugal
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Morro Alto and Pico do Se Natural Forest Reserve

Reviewed By Jorge A - Faro, Portugal

Morro Alto is the highest point on Flores Island. The Pico da Sé is the top, forming an imposing volcanic apparatus embedded between two deep Valleys of erosion, dug by the Ribeira do Badanela and Fazenda.
The moist atlantic climate functions as an ecological modeler, giving rise to the "fog zone" with very strong winds and high rainfall, promoting the emergence of bogs (Sphagnum spp.) Forested by cedar-juniper (Juniperus brevifolia). This high zone has a peculiar and distinct physiognomy of the rest of the island. Perfect for lovers of untouched nature. However it takes luck; If there is fog (and this is very frequent) it is not possible to appreciate all the fullness of the place.

6. Experience OC

Zona do Boqueirao | Loja C, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-390, Portugal
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Experience OC

Somos uma empresa de actividades turisticas e procuramos adpatarmo-nos aquilo que o cliente procura. Fazemos os trilhos assinalados e alguns nao assinalados da ilha das Flores, bem como fazemos tambem tours de jipe pela ilha. Tambem fazemos o trilho ao Corvo com a viagem incluida, atraves de uma parceria com o Sr. Carlos Mendes.

Reviewed By minga163

Armando picked us up at the airport and brought us to Ponta Faja and his family's guesthouse, Residencia Mateus. A few days later, we hired him to give us a tour of the island by car. We had a great day with Armando! We learned a lot about Flores - its natural history (our big interest), economy and culture. Armando is the perfect guide - interesting and interested, affable, decent, genuine, chatty, witty and obliging. He tuned into our interests and adapted the tour accordingly. He gave us many hours of his time, and our stay in the Azores was much richer for it. We also met Armando's family and got a kick out of his brother, a passionate fisherman.
Flores is casually and stunningly beautiful. The hiking is amazing. If you're travelling to Flores outside of the peak summer months and plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it doesn't hurt to pack decent raingear and some warm wool sweaters.

7. Miradouro do Monte das Cruzes

Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-275, Portugal
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Miradouro do Monte das Cruzes

Reviewed By Jorge A - Faro, Portugal

This place is located at an altitude of 210 meters above sea level and is located in Monte das Cruzes. From the top of this hill you can see the village of Santa Cruz das Flores, as well as Corvo Island, on the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean.

8. Lighthouse of Ponta do Albernaz

Ponta Delgada, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970, Portugal
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Lighthouse of Ponta do Albernaz

Reviewed By Nuno F

We didn't entered the lighthouse, but we explored a bit the surroundings.
It has nice views around the lighthouse and it's, for sure, a good place to enjoy the landscape, see the ocean and the small islets near the coast.
The weather wasn't perfect in our visit, but it was very good the same way.

9. Museu das Flores

Rua do Boqueirao | Largo Misericórdia, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-390, Portugal +351 292 592 159
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Museu das Flores

Reviewed By Virginianbymarriage

We were taking a break from a tour of the island and did a quick take of the museum. The museum is in an old convent and the chapel all by itself is worth a visit. The painted wooded ceiling is magnificent. The exhibits on the first floor of the museum we not very interesting at first glance but the second floor with exhibits on history of the island made us want to go back for a second visit. Unfortunately they were closed the next day.

10. Boqueirao Environmental Interpretation Centre

Rua do Boqueirao 2-A, Santa Cruz das Flores, Flores 9970-390, Portugal +351 292 542 447
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Boqueirao Environmental Interpretation Centre

The Boqueirao Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIAB) was created in the tanks where the whale oil was stored and which was melted in the Boqueirao Whale Factory. It is a space dedicated to the promotion and knowledge of the most interesting locals of the island, with some highlight to the marine environmental. Here you can learn from the resident and migratory birds, the living beings that live in the intertidal zone and the water column, up to cetaceans and hydrothermal vents. It is a privileged site for the propagation of scientific knowledge, enriching the experience of those who visit the Park. The CIAB was chosen to integrate the "Architecture Guide –South and Islands of Portugal" in 2011; integrated the “Mostra Iberica de Patrimonio Arquitectonico – La MIPA” project, within the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013 "Close, Closer"; and it was referenced / published in several websites and trade magazines.

Reviewed By Socabar - Madrid, Spain

Centro de interpretación que permite conocer las características medioambientales de Flores, el tipo de fauna y flora que se encuentra en la isla y en las aguas circundantes. Un espacio agradable y con muy buena atención por parte de su personal. Aunque está anexo al Museo de la Fábrica de la Ballena de Boqueirao, se debe pagar una entrada adicional.

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