Trapezoidal shape of the island of Flores is the westernmost extreme of the archipelago of the Azores and Europe.
Its surface is of 143.11 km2, with a length of 17 km and 12.5 km wide. Lies about 21º 59′ West longitude and 39º 25′ North latitude.
It has a population of about 4000 inhabitants, distributed by two counties (Santa Cruz das Flores and Lajes das Flores).
It is characterized by an extremely rugged and snipped coast, even reaching the 600 m. in the far northeast of the island. The northeast coast is characterized by extensive and high coastal cliffs cut by numerous ditches with streams and waterfalls. Represents a complex system of bays, islets, rocky beaches, cliffs, underwater caves, natural terraces and semi-submerged, result of a strong marine erosion.
With a very rugged topography and marked by high elevations, its central platform, which develops between the 500 and 600 m. above sea level, has Morro Alto, with 914 m, the highest elevation. This site, can be seen a major traquítico complex represented by Pico da Sé, forming an impressive volcanic apparatus, embedded between two deep valleys of erosion, dug by the Ribeira da Badanela and the farm.
Highlight is the peak of seven feet, the peak of the donkey, and the volcanic apparatus represented by the Forehead of the Church. The basaltic complex that constitutes the central plateau is ancient, and training the first eruptions have occurred even in the Quaternary.
The weather, as in the other islands, is tempered by the influence of a warm branch of the Gulf stream, offering average values of around 17ºC (62ºF).12,103 Visits