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Fogs and Cagarros’ music

Leaving mass tourism, the traveler can reap the flower of a pleasant solitude there and immerse himself in the weightless whims of the elements: the wind, the rain, the mists that embrace the lagoons, or the sun that bursts tender caresses. sudden spring mornings.

Those who stop there know what they are going for and what they are looking for. An unparalleled intimacy with nature, with the wind, the fog, the shouts of shit at night, the rabbits prowling the meadows around the houses.

In the narrow alleys, covered by large flagstones, one walks without music other than that of the wind, and thus falls asleep. Sometimes a strong batty, the whistling of the gusts, and soon, a few hours later or the next day, the surprise of a bright morning, however brief, because in the Azores the four seasons parade on the same day by chance, as by there it is said. Almost everything is elementary, even the decoration of the houses, so as not to lose the scenic tone of an era that, although transacting, left the material, architectural traces. Even house names retain signs of those gone and honor previous owners. Casa do Fagundes, Casa da Fátima, Casa da Luciana, Casa da Esmeria, Palheiro do Pimentel: this is the name of the houses that now welcome passing guests.

Overlooking the sea, the village is adjacent to an ostentatious cliff setting and is linked to the coast, namely Fajã Grande and Fajãzinha, by footpaths that were formerly led by the ancient inhabitants and remain passable. The north coast of Flores offers several hiking alternatives. The route of almost a dozen kilometers between Fajã Grande and Albernaz Lighthouse, near the village of Ponta Delgada, along a trail overlooking impressive cliffs, is the eye of the Azorean walks. Along the way, you can always see the islet of Monchique, the westernmost piece of land in Europe.

The possibility of boat trips around Flores or a maritime raid on Corvo (with dolphin accompaniment sometimes), trout fishing in Ribeira Grande and a visit to the many waterfalls of the island, namely those of neighboring Poço da Alagoa and Fajã Grande, which fall on the seafront, next to the bathing area, are other reasons that add to the exemplary rehabilitation of the village as factors of attraction of visitors and that also contributed to the success of the project of Aldeia da Cuada .

The location, the natural involvement of the village and the (relative) isolation are undoubtedly at its happy junction, the great merits of Cuada. There will not be many places in Europe today, to the truth, where one can experience the real feeling of being so radically removed from the growing bustle of the modern world.

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