Flores is the western-most island of the Azores and our first landfall after crossing the Atlantic. Most boats sail right past it to Faial (where Horta, the main hub, is located). They do not know what they are missing.
Flores is an amazingly beautiful island that is a must-see when cruising the Azores. It reminded us of a “Scottish Kauai” , ie rolling hills with stone walls of Scotland combined with the Jurassic Park-like tropical mountains of Kauai, Hawaii.
Lots of lush greens, waterfalls, winding roads, ocean-views, friendly people, good food and the basic infrastructure a cruising sailor needs (shore power, shower, supermarket, restaurants, WiFi and a friendly harbor master).