Overview

Introduction

The Black Island - Approaching from the sea (available from Flores during the summer months) or by air, you reach the village of Vila Nova do Corvo, the only settlement on the island and home to 488 people. With lush, fertile fields as its backdrop, this picturesque village is a maze of cobbled streets and traditional stone houses – each pathway depicting the history and development of Corvo and its people.

A vast caldera measuring 3.5km wide and 300m deep dominates the central landscape and from its summit wonderful countryside and ocean views abound.

About Corvo

Area: 17 sq. km
Length: 6.5 km (4 miles)
Width: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Population: 400 inhabitants
Capital: Vila Nova do Corvo

Highlights

Birdlife
Corvo is an ideal island to observe birds migrating from Canada and the US to Africa from mid October until the 1st week in November.

Traditional dishes
The local gastronomy reflects the abundance of sea food – tuna, anchovy, turbot, sword fish sea bream, grouper, moray and conger. ‘Tortas de ervas do calhau’ (vegetable pie), ‘couves da barca’, ‘couves fritas’ (fried cabbage) and liver sauce are all local specialties. Try the island cheese served with corn bread which has a unique tasty flavour.

Festivals

Festival of Sao Joao (last week of June)

Activities

Self-Guided Walk on Corvo

The islands of the Azores, with their mild climate (day time temperature ranging from 14-22 degrees), are the most
wonderful islands for walking. All walks are to be booked and paid for locally.

Cova Vermelha

This 1 hour (3.5km) walk is along pretty country lanes lined with old stone dykes to Vila Nova do Corvo – the only
inhabited town on the island. The fabulous views along the way are complemented by the interesting geological
formations, a striking rock carving of an Indian head and the profuse covering of junipers on the island. Grade 1 (Easy)

Notes
■ This walk can be booked and paid for locally on Corvo

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Best time to go
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  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Time Difference

GMT - 1 hour

Currency

Euro

Language

Portuguese

Average flight times

4 hours 5 minutes

  • Average temperature

    Average rainfall

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Rosanna is the head of our Discovery Department which covers tailor made holidays to Portugal and the Azores, Italy and Sicily, Scandinavia and the new programme to Spain. She is our longest serving member of staff having joined in 1994 after completing an honours degree in French and Italian and subsequently working for a tour operator in Yorkshire. She is responsible for brochure writing, contracting accommodation, programme costing, computer inputting and generally troubleshoots where necessary. She has global knowledge of our tailor made programme.

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