is the smallest and northernmost island of the Azores. It is just
17.45 km2 in area and has only 425 inhabitants. There is one very
small town called Vila Nova do Corvo with narrow streets
and charming buildings. From Flores you can go to Corvo
by airplane, or go by a small boat which runs twice a day
from Santa Cruz (about 75 minutes). If you visit Flores you should
go for a day trip to this desolate island, where time stood still.
On Corvo are no hotels, but you might be able to book a room or
a little mansion.
The geography includes
hills with forests to the east and rocky ledges to the west and
north. The town itself is located in the southwestern part of
the island. The highest point in Corvo is Mont Grosso, at 770
m (2530 ft). The island was formed by the collapse of a volcano,
forming a caldera.
The caldera (Caldeirão), is 300 m (980 ft) deep and has
a perimeter of 3.7 km (2.3 mi). There is only one road that leads
to the top of the volcano, which is only visible in clear weather.
It’s a beautiful walk (about 2-3 hours) on this paved road.
Villages and Culture
- Vila Nova de Corvo: Igreja
de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres
- The three small windmills
at Ponta Negra
- The traditional handicrafts: wool
hats and bonnets.
- Caldeirao: this large vulcano crater
is the main attraction on the island Corvo
- The basalt rock formations Cavaleiro and Marco
in the southwest
- Miradouro do Sitio do Portao: viewpoint