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 Lajes das Flores - Profile

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Flores is the western most island of the Azores, so named for its flowers. Miles and miles of hydrangeas, cannas and wild roses line the roads and the steep volcanic peaks are terraced by fields bordered by stone walls lined with yet more hydrangeas. The lakes of the interior are worth a visit, some with waterfalls. The locals here are reported to be very friendly and helpful.

Lajes is located on the south east coast of the island and is the administrative centre. There is very small marina here, however, this is NOT a good refuge in any conditions involving strong E-NE winds as the little marina becomes very turbulent and it is difficult to manoeuver inside. During the winter of 2017/18 there was alot of damage to the marina pontoons and space is now very restricted.

It is recommended to speak with officials on arrival to find out weather conditions for the duration of your stay in order to determine how long you should spend here.

Position 39° 22.78'N, 31°10.15'W (Marina)

Clearance

This is not an "official" port of entry, however few yachts visit Santa Cruz (the official POE) as it offers poor shelter, therefore the Maritime Police and National Guard check visiting yachts in as an accommodation.

Port officials visit the harbour when they can, to check on visiting yachts. Clearance is done with Police, Immigration and Customs. Officials are reported to be very nice and helpful.

The Maritime Police can be found next to the library, they may check passports and stamp a copy of the crew list, which then needs to be taken to Immigration (across the street and down a block). This office does not appear to be open very often and they won't stamp your passports. Clearance into Europe will have to be done at the next port of call.

All payment must be in cash - there is an ATM behind the church.

All boats should check in with the harbourmaster; during week days he can always be found either at the marina or in the office from 8:00 to 17:00. The harbourmaster is off duty at weekends, so just present yourself at the office on the next Monday. If a vessel  arrives during a weekend and plans to leave on that same weekend, contact the harbormaster over the phone at (+351) 910001889.

Last updated July 2013.

Docking

If winds are from the E-NE, strong and wave height is more than 2m, avoid the marina altogether. For those seeking shelter in such conditions, go to the anchorage in Fajã Grande, on the other side of the island, which offers good protection in this type of weather. The anchorage there is mostly sand and there is free Wi-Fi, shops, restaurants, and good access to hiking paths.

The entrance to Lages Marina is easy enough in calm daylight conditions, but a different story at night with a heavy swell running.

There is a Red flashing light at the end of the Marina Breakwater. Calling ahead on the VHF is not necessary here.

Following damage during the 2017/18 winter there is now only one floating pontoon remaining. The last 5 meters of the inside pontoon (the one remaining) has collapsed and the longer outer pontoon has been taken out. This leaves approx. 50 feet of space on the remaining pontoon and a few 6m finger piers.

Limited space can be found alongside at the quay, however quayside mooring is only permitted when a ship is not expected.

The anchorage inside the jetty is sheltered and quite comfortable, however the outer anchorage is very exposed and uncomfortable in strong N/NE winds. The anchorage inside the harbour is chargeable, so if you like to anchor for free go to Fajã Grande instead.

The marina permits yachts at anchor to enter the marina for a short stop to fill up with water or pick up provisions. There is a floating pontoon for dinghies.

The municipal building (single story) on the quayside just up from the steps, houses cold water showers and toilets which are also open to the pubic and used by local fishermen. Facilities are basic. There is no diesel available in port and it's a 10 minute walk up the hill for provisioning, restaurants etc. in the town.

Space inside the marina is very limited, so boats bigger than 15m, or catamarans, are likely to not have space inside the marina. The advise is that these boats should go to the anchorage and speak to the Harbour Master about available space.

Last updated June 2018.

Marina Lajes das Flores
Pua do Porto, 9960-438 Lajes das Flores
Tel:(+351) 292 593 148 Fax:(+351) 292 593 437 ,VHF Channel 16, 14
Opening hours: 08:00-17:00
Basic marina. Max length 11m. Some places for a catamaran or 15m+. Anchor first and speak with the Harbour Master. Some ocean swell. Avoid if wave height more than 2m and winds from E-NE. Boatyard with shore storage, 20 ton crane, some repairs.

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