Waterfalls and natural pools Ponta da Fajã (Flores)

A journey through the beautiful island of Flores whose backbone is the road crossing the island in the transverse direction. Highlights go to heritage and, mainly, to the landscape.

We are in the western side of the island of Flores, in the Azores, where the territory is closest to the American continent (in fact, thanks to the slow but steady move of intercontinental tectonic plates, it gets nearer a few centimeters every year). From the road that crosses the island since Santa Cruz, we arrive at the viewpoint from where we can see, below, the village of Fajãzinha, spread out over a broad green circular valley, open to the west, surrounded by cliffs and waterfalls. This is the most interesting part of the island, in terms of landscape and implantation. We go down the road, to visit it. It has a central square, the Rossio (with church and 'empire'), pleasantly wooded. The church is Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, ( 1776-1783), with an interesting facade in "black and white". In the area once existed a fort (which later disappeared) but no matter how ruined, there are still some mills with their vertical wheel (rare in the islands). The village common houses are worth mentioning, as balanced and simple examples of popular architecture of Azores: one or two storey, whitewashed houses, find themselves dwellings with one or two floors, whitewashed, coverage as a V- roof, and in many you can also note the presence of volumes of ancient kilns, for the baking of bread, attached to the kitchens. Then take the road to Fajã Grande, possibly passing by Cuada - an ancient traditional village, which was recently restored as holiday village. The Fajã Grande looks dense, urban and concentrated, with most of its buildings erected along the main street. These buildings are worth mentioning due to the cohesion and uniformity of design, and, together with some buildings remaining in Ponta da Fajã, they have lightening oculi in curious shapes (star and rhomb) on the façades of two floors. From Fajã Grande, a narrow path to the north, connects to Ponta da Fajã: this is a simple row of houses, bordering the sea and cliff.

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