The incredible island of Flores, in the Azores, is part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Visitors here get the unique experience of truly being one with nature. Flores is a natural gem of rugged cliffs, sweeping valleys and dazzling lakes. Lookout points are scattered across the island that boast impressive panoramas of the verdant green landscape and craters.
Spend seven days taking in the wonders of your surroundings on this relaxing fly-drive which offers the perfect combination of active suggestions and time to relax and rejuvenate at your charming cottage at Aldeia da Cuada. Drive to the best viewpoints and hike through scenic landscapes, take in the culture in Santa Cruz and enjoy a boat trip to Corvo, the tiniest of all the Azorean islands.
Short breaks on São Miguel on either end of this holiday provide a delightful contrast to the remoteness of Flores.
Fly from the UK to Ponta Delgada Airport on São Miguel Island and transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay.
Enjoy a day in the capital of São Miguel or book an optional excursion to take in some of the famous sights of the area, such as the iconic Sete Cidades, the beautiful Lagoa do Fogo or the thermal town of Furnas. Speak to your Regent Azores specialist about enhancing your holiday with one of these excellent day tours. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Flores Island. Upon arrival, collect the hire car drive to Aldeia Da Cuada Hotel for a 7-night stay in your very own stone cottage. The remainder of the day is free to explore. (B)
Today, why not walk walk part of Flores' stunning West Coast Walk, easily the grandest walk on the island. The entire trail spans 47 km, but the most impressive part of the walk is the final section between Fajã Grande & Ponta Delgada.This linear walk boasts fantastic panoramic views of the coastal area. (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure to take in the tranquillity of where you are staying. Perhaps opt to relax in your private, walled garden, or consider one of the short walks in the area to see a waterfall or wander down to the charming village of Fajãzinha. (B)
Enjoy a full day self-drive tour of Flores. Head south to the Miradouro do Fajãzinha viewpoint for spectacular views before passing the charming houses of Mosteiro. Explore the region near Lajes, where there is a beach that is ideal for a picnic. Pass the island's main city, Santa Cruz before cutting across the middle of the island back towards the hotel. There are plenty of excellent views and places to stop along this road. (B)
Spend the morning exploring Santa Cruz, visiting the museums in the area and exploring the harbour town before embarking on the short Alagoa walk down to the beach. In the afternoon, head north to the Ponta Delgada. This drive affords many spectacular views of Corvo to the East. After exploring Ponta Delgada, return the way you came. We recommned a detour to Farol do Albernaz which leads to a lighthouse from 1911 as well as exploring the narrow streets of Casa do Povo before heading back to your hotel. (B)
Enjoy a day at sea on a boat trip to Corvo, the smallest of all the Azorean islands. Afterwards, the remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)
Enjoy another day completely free to enjoy the beautiful area around your hotel. (B)
Drop the hire-car off at the airport before catching the domestic flight to São Miguel Island for the last 2 nights of the holiday.
Enjoy a final day to explore the most popular island in the Azores. Why not book an optional excursion to make the most of your holiday to see Sete Cidades, Furnas, Nordeste or Lagoa do Fogo, or consider taking a guided walk. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)