Silversea Luxury Cruises À Santa Cruz das Flores, Azores

Santa Cruz das Flores, Azores

Flores means flowers and the island has been described as a floating green garden. This is due to the rich volcanic soils and the humid subtropical climate with frequent rainfall. Although not the original flowers, hydrangeas introduced to the Azores from Asia by the Portuguese have thrived—used as fences and even becoming the official flower of the Azores. The colour of the flowers depends on the acidity and mineral content of the soil, with the blue colour typically growing in acidic volcanic soils such as is found on Flores. View more

Flores, along with the island of Corvo, form the western group of the Azores archipelago. The two islands are located on the North American Plate, west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the central group of the Azores formed. Flores is a volcano whose last eruption was about 3000 years ago. Hiking reveals the central massif with deep valleys and high peaks, craters with lagoons and even a cavern and hot springs. Superimposed on the landscape are farms and vineyards. Flores is one of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves, supporting the partnership between ecology and the social use of the landscape for living and farming. Whaling was an industry in the Azores until the 1980s, with shore-based crews and local processing works. Sperm Whales were targeted and the deep waters around the Azores still support them and rarer beaked whales. Shallower water attracts Common, Bottlenose and Atlantic Spotted dolphins. Keep a look out for them from the ship when approaching and leaving the islands.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.