The Azores are home to some of the most impressive waterfalls around the world. São Miguel Island and Flores Island are our picks for must-see waterfall destinations in the Azores. The Azores islands waterfalls are a humbling display of power and natural beauty that will leave you speechless. We are always chasing waterfalls to bring you our list of the 6 best Azores waterfalls and where to find them.
1. Cascata da Ribeira do Ferreiro (Poço da Alagoinha)
Follow a brief well-maintained stone path from the parking area in Fajã Grande to Cascata da Ribeira do Ferreiro, an undeniable favorite of Flores Island. This waterfall frames Lagoa dos Patos with a lush, Jurassic reminiscent landscape. Avoid taking a dip in the lagoon below— admire this spectacle from afar.
2. Cascata do Poço do Bacalhau
This dramatic sight is located nearby Poço da Alagoinha in Fajã Grande on Flores Island. The 300ft cascade splits two slopes of exposed rock brushed with vegetation. The falls become less active in the summer months and Poça de Bacalhau transforms into a swimming hole below!
3. Salto do Prego
You will have to work a bit harder for the payoff at this São Miguel Island hotspot. To reach the falls, follow the PRC9SMI trail from the Faial da Terra trailhead where you will encounter native bird species along the way.
Pro tip: Continue your hike north to Salto do Cagarrão waterfall. These falls are often called the quieter and smaller version of Salto do Prego.
4. Salto da Farinha
You will find this beauty near Achadinha on São Miguel. Your car can do most of the work if you begin near Miradouro do Salto da Farinha. Keep in mind the narrow and steep road is not for the faint of heart, or most rental cars, after rainfall.
5. Caldeira Velha
This nature preserve in Ribeira Grande is pure paradise. Its location on the northern side of the Água de Pau Volcano on São Miguel provides access to naturally heated thermal pools. One of the thermal baths boasts a waterfall of rich mineral water.
6. Salto do Cabrito
If you are afraid of heights you may want to skip this one. The pathway to these falls is uniquely situated along a hydroelectric power plant. Simply follow the PRC29SMI trail in Ribeira Grande.
If you visit any of these natural wonders, skip the flip-flops and bring a pair of sturdy shoes. Also remember to pack a bathing suit if you want to cool off and go for a swim! All of that adventure will work up an appetite, so check out our guide on what to eat in the Azores and some of the best restaurants in Ponta Delgada.
Quest Travel Adventures are your Atlantic Island Specialists with over 10 years of experience in small group travel to the Azores. Some of our most popular trips include our 5 Day Taste of the Azores, 6 Day Azores Adventure Seeker and 8 Day Best of Azores. Discover your next Quest to the Azores today!