Flores Discoveries


Just right before our hotel there are beautiful tidal pools made for swimming and relaxation… we didn’t try the swimming as there currently are quite some jellyfish, but the relaxation for sure works Smiley

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The tide comes in…

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Large pools

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And it’s flowing over the lava rocks

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The basaltic lava here produces very many beautiful natural sculptures

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In an amazing detail

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And such beauty…

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As we were a bit lazy and didn’t want to walk too much that day we took a small stroll down a road to a nature reserve. At the end the path continues through fields

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crosses some river

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and in general is very pleasant

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At the far end is a public camping ground (cold showers) – yet beautiful, peaceful and just a lovely spot

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Yet if you continue it gets even better… The coastal line is nothing short of amazing

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Small islands

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Wonderful scenery

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and the occasional waterfall (the small river we walked above before)

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Considering the relations this can be much bigger I guess…

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Another angle, same island Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Due to the water all kind of water plants grow at the bottom of the wall

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Driving up the eastern coast you find another scenic overview

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And an evening view of the village (hamlet…) Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The next day we made some trip to the west coast, but checked out some high country first…

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On a lava road you cross streams

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But discover nothing too thrilling… Trauriges Smiley So back we went, now to the west… Here the fast flowing lava combined with cold water produced these segmented octagonal pillars like in some other places on the world (Giant’s causeway in Northern Ireland would be one)

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Really amazing

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The countryside is getting lovely again

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Yet you can see the structure coming through everywhere

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Finally we reached the starting point of our walk… As we didn’t want to take a taxi or bus from the end we decided to return before it went over the cliff some 3/4 way down the track (or roughly 6 km one way).

The beginning is gentle, calm and shaded

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I am always amazed by the rhizome of the ginger

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Absolutely amazing

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The laurel forest is getting denser

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and we even saw the fruit of the laurel tree

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Just nice hiking

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the only problem are constant descents / ascents with some 50 – 120 m which slowly kill you… 28°, 80% humidity – Wet T-Shirt contest Zwinkerndes Smiley

What a challenge… Finally we made it to Mosteiro

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And couldn’t believe it… A mobile bar Smiley

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Sparking carbohydrate refreshment with nutrients Smiley Absolutely the best beer ever…

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Communication with the people was rather challenging as absolutely no other language was spoken and they didn’t understand our Portuguese, which might not be their fault… Yet it was obvious that the concept of humidity didn’t say anything to them – why should it, it never changes here Zwinkerndes Smiley

Further down the path – looking back – we decided to return as the next parts were not too promising

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So we went over the mountains again

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And were just lucky to see both caldera lakes this time nearly clear… Smiley

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The left

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And the right

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Again – different perspective

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Over the mountain top in sunshine

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bathing everything in gold

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Producing a total different sight of the landscape again

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Finally in the North we took the hike (only the first 1,5 km or so) of the famous #1 from Ponte Delgharda down the west coast

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It was just beautiful weather; a slight breeze to keep the flies away and the temperature down

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A small break

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Wonderful paths – yet extremely slippery when wet

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Lovely views of Corvo with hair flying in the wind Smiley

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And hollow paths

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Just about everything you need…

As we had pre-ordered octopus in the restaurant “Peixador” the next treat was just about waiting for us… It turned out to be the best octopus ever (so far) made in the oven with potatoes and spicy sauce… Lovely Zwinkerndes Smiley

Kategorien:Azores, Flores, Hiking

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