April 12, 2012
Lajes das Flores
Approach: Straight forward. Very small harbour, have fenders and lines ready before enter the inner harbour.
Mooring: This is not a yacht harbour nor a marina. People are friendly and helpful but keep in mind that this was built for the fisherman who rely on it to make a living. We are only guests, arrangewith locals. Floating pontoons. When I arrived in October the harbour was almost empty an mine was the only sailing vessel there. Yachts of my size moore alongside the pontoon on the outer breakwater, maybe 3-4 and on the small inner breakwater, one only. The other places will be to small and/or too shallow.
During “crossing season” the harbour wil be full, anchoring outside should be possible, but patches of rocks.
When I arrived late at night there came someone on the pontoon for help.
WiFi: Free Public WiFi area around the harbour.
Tips: You can´t miss Paula´s kiosk. Everything could/will be arranged there.
Notes: Very nice small beach just behind the harbour. The only place on Flores suitable for yachts. There maybe some nice anchor places on the coast stretch north of the harbour, but up to now I did not have the balls to check them out. Volunteers welcome…
Arrange a visit to Corvo from here. Its not worth to risk your yacht there.
If you arrive from the west and in the need for repair process to Horta. For all others its worth a stop. You may not get there anytime soon and regret it later.
All uphill, 30 mins. the bigger one is the one to the right.
A gem for the ones like me who like remote places.