Corvo

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Introduction

Corvo Island, literally the Island of the Crow, is the smallest and the northernmost island of the Azores archipelago and the northernmost in Macaronesia, with a population of approximately 500 constituting the smallest single municipality in Azores and in Portugal.

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Geography

Sheer cliffs dominate the coastal areas, the exception being along the southern margin which is composed of ancient lava flows. The western cliffs, with an almost vertical slope rises 700 metres above sea level; one of the major coastal elevations in the Atlantic. Remnants of the ancient volcano are partially preserved in the southern and eastern flanks of the island (which retain altitudes between 500 and 700 metres above seas level). In addition to marine erosion, the island is constantly eroded by strong northeast and western winds.In the extreme northeast, along the Ponta Torrais there are two small islets, Ilhéu dos Torrais and the Ilhéu do Torrão, in addition to several submarine reefs, that are dangerous to navigation. At the end of October 2012, following several days of excess rainfall, a landslide occurred that dislodged geological debris along the northwestern corner of the island, resulting in the formation of small islets, that progressively transformed into peninsula and, finally fajã.

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Cities

There is one urban center on the island: Vila do Corvo. Principally, it is a collection of many residential homes, interspersed with commercial businesses located on the southern one-third of the island.

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Sights and Activities

  • Caldeirão - an extinct volcanic crater that has a beautiful lagoon.
  • Visit the vineyards - There are many throughout the small island but each one is slightly different. If it is the right time of the year see if there is a running of the Bulls, a traditional activity done every year in which people line the streets and watch locals who are brave enough take on a bull to see if they can outrun or get close enough to touch its horns. Be Careful though, if you want to watch make sure you are sitting on a high wall or standing behind something the bull will not be able to knock down if they charge at it. People have been known to be severely injured at these events.
  • Windmills of Corvo.
  • Lighthouse of Ponta Negra

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Weather

Like many of the other Azorean islands, the climate is humid, with 915.7 mm of precipitation annually, comfortable although generally windy. Temperatures are 17.6 °C in Vila do Porto, with a variance between 14 °C in February to 20 °C in August. In the higher elevations fog is common and almost permanent. Due to maritime agitation, particular in the western coast, there is elevated erosion along the coast. The relative humidity is between 74% in October and 85% in June, when fog is more frequent.

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Getting There

By Plane

The island is served by the Corvo Airport (IATA: CVU, ICAO: LPCR) located on the southern margin of the island between the village and southern ocean ports. Inter-island flights are handled by SATA Air Azores and destinations include Flores, Horta (on Faial), Terceira and Ponta Delgada (São Miguel).

By Boat

There is a small boat travelling to/from Flores. It goes 2 times daily on most days in summer, but only on 2 days in winter (still 2 times on those days though). Depending on the weather, the trip takes 45 to 75 minutes.

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Getting Around

There is a taxi service on the island. The drivers do speak some English, so they will be able to help you find anywhere you need to go and have dealt with tourists so can help you find good restaurants and other attractions.

If you plan on renting your own car be careful, livestock have the right of way so be cautious when driving.

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Eat

Due to how small the island is there are not many restaurants, so while here buy from the local market: fish, wine, meat, spices. The food is as fresh as you can get and if you have the ability to make your own meal, try to make a traditional Portuguese dish using the local food. If you plan on eating out, avoid American restaurants and go to a local Portuguese restaurant to experience the traditional food. If you order Portuguese food from a non-Portuguese restaurant, it will not have the same refined taste.

  • BBC-Bar, Avenida Nova, ☎ +351292596147.
  • O Caldeirão, Caminho dos Moinhos, ☎ +351292596018.

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Drink

Try a local wine. Because of how it is made and fermented, the locally made wine has its own texture and smoothness to it that is hard to find in any other wine.

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Sleep

  • Guest House Comodoro, Caminho do Areeiro, ☎ +351292596128. With a/c TV and Internet access double from 65€.

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