Caught the 0900hrs bus from Porto das Lajes to Santa Cruz where we took a taxi to the start of the hike PR1FLO a few kms west of Ponta Delgada in the NW of Flores (Taxi cost 20 Euros)
The hike starts close to the Lighthouse Farol do Albarnaz at the NW tip of the island and follows the coast south to Faja Grande
View from the road
Made it to Faja Grande. Looking back to the cliffs we had walked down
This was one of the most enjoyable hikes we have made - highly recommended - as long as the weather is good.
Our taxi driver told us that the population of Flores is declining - over 9000 20 years ago and currently only 3500. One reason for the decline is that there is no secondary schooling on the island so the older children have to leave, often to mainland Portugal, to complete their education. There, they get used to a more modern environment and I guess life on Flores is considered too restrictive. Many have emigrated to the USA and Canada.
Caught the 1500hrs bus back to Porto das Lajes - incredibly, we were the only passengers - high season in Flores!