The Municipality of Lajes das Flores is located on the southeast coast of the island of Flores, in the Western Group of the Azores archipelago. Having been founded in 1515, it currently covers an area of 70.10 km2 and a total number of inhabitants of 1464. This municipality, as well as the rest of the island, is characterized by its abundant water resources, such as waterfalls and lagoons.
Ponta das Lajes Lighthouse is one of the largest and best known lighthouses in the Azores. It is 16 meters high, 99 meters above sea level and has a square prismatic tower, showing three white flashes every 15 seconds. It provides a wonderful view over the municipality and the Atlantic Ocean.
Having opened in 2013, this museum offers services such as a computer center, library, exhibitions and an auditorium suitable for conferences and film screenings. It is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário
This church is said to have been built around the 18th century, and has undergone improvements and reconstructions up to the present time. Its architectural features are distinct from most of the religious buildings of the archipelago. Its main body is accompanied by two integrated towers topped by a perfect vault or dome. Its interior heritage has carvings and images of great artistic value.
Poço do Bacalhau
Located in a place under environmental protection, the Poço do Bacalhau and its waterfall provides a wonderful view and bathing area. This crystal clear fresh water pool is frequently used by locals and tourists.
The island of Flores has a set of seven volcanic craters that eventually became lakes. Each of these got its name due to its characteristics. For example, Lagoa Negra got its name because of its dark coloration, Lagoa Comprida because of its considerable extension. In total, these are Lagoa Funda, Rasa, Lomba, Seca, Branca, Comprida, and Negra, each following this naming logic.
Morro Alto is the highest mountain on Flores. The humid climate of the Atlantic causes a phenomenon that gives rise to the so-called “fog zone”.Here there are strong winds and high rainfall, making this area conducive to the growth of various endemic plants, which gives this mountain a cover of fauna that gives it a distinctive appearance. From Morro Alto you can get a panoramic view of the island, including Lagoa Negra and Lagoa Comprida.
Fajã de Lopo Vaz
Fajã de Lopo Vaz is said to have been the first inhabited place on the island, its name coming from one of its first settlers. Goats live here in a wild and free state. This is a good place for hiking and observing both the landscapes and the fauna and flora of Macaronesia.