Corvo Island – Thing to do and places to see

Corvo Island is located in the archipelago of the Azores and is considered the smallest island when compared to the others, possessing only 17 km².

Its origin is directly linked to the volcanic phenomena that occurred in the past, being formed by a volcanic polygenetic building, with a boiler at the top and secondary cones.

The last volcanic eruption that occurred in the region was for thousands of years (about 80 to 100 thousand years), in the lava fajã of Vila do Corvo . The main highlights of the historical formation of this beautiful island are: the Cova Vermelha , the Fajã Lávica and Ponta Negra .

A ilha do Corvo
A ilha do Corvo
Fotografia de Kathy Rita

Historical highlights

Cova Vermelha

The Cova Vermelha corresponds to the zone of the Coroinha crater, basically formed by thin red ashes and lapili, known as bagacina. This magnificent crater is located to the south, where the lava flows that appeared on top of the above were launched.

Fajã Lávica

The Fajã Lávica is in Vila do Corvo, becoming the main flattened surface of the island, originating from the drainage of Morro da Fonte. The characteristic feature is the surface covered by deposits of pumice, lahars and other pyroclastic deposits related to the formation of the Caldeirão.

Ponta Negra

Finally, Ponta Negra is composed of basalts emitted since the last eruptive episode occurred in Corvo Island, since its lava flows passed through the fajã, Alto dos Moinhos and reached the sea.

Besides these historical highlights that are part of the Corvo Island formation, several other points draw attention to its natural beauties and tourist attractions.

Let’s see below the main places that deserve your visit:

Corvo Environmental and Cultural Interpretation Center

When arriving at Corvo Island, the first place to go is to the Corvo Environmental and Cultural Interpretation Center in order to obtain the necessary information about the island.

The Center offers all the support to visitors about the most important places in Corvo Island and the secrets of this wonderful region. There is the possibility to visit the “Atafona da Canada”, the last caves of Corvo, recovered by the Regional Government of the Azores.

Schedules

01 November to 31 March 
Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays and holidays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, 1 January, Tuesday Carnival, Sunday Easter and December 25

01 April to 31 October 
every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: Easter Sunday

Guided tours

Guided visits are made by appointment.
Length of visit: 30 to 45 minutes
Number of persons per visit: 4 – 30

Price

Free entrance

Contacts

Address: Canada do Graciosa s / n, 9980-031 Vila do Corvo
Phone: (+351) 292 596 051

E-mail: pncorvo.centroambiental@azores.gov.pt
Website: visit website

Caldeirão

Considered the main volcanic and landscaping element of Corvo Island, the Caldeirão has a maximum diameter of 2.3 km and a depth of 320 meters, formed by a lagoon and 12 secondary cones implanted in its interior, considered as slag cones.

It is one of the main sights of the region and its panoramic view is breathtaking of all visitors. Render amazing photographs!

Caldeirão
Caldeirão
Fotografia de José Maria Sousa
Caldeirão – Corvo
Caldeirão – Corvo
Fotografia de Kathy Rita

Praia da Areia / Portinho da Areia

Praia da Areia, also called Portinho da Areia, is located on the south coast of Corvo Island and is the only sandy beach on the island, making it a great option for all visitors who like to bathe, with waters clean and transparent.

The interesting part of this beach is that its sandstones are formed by small grains whose origin comes from the decomposition of the volcanic rocks. Worth checking out!

Praia da Areia ou Portinho da Areia, Ilha do Corvo - Açores
Fotografia de Luis Silveira

Vila do Corvo

The only village on Corvo Island, consisting of a port and an airfield. What awakens most attention are the groupings of houses, making the place very cozy and interesting architecture.

The main attraction is the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Milagres , built in the eighteenth century and of enormous historical value to Corvo Island.

Palheiros – Corvo
Palheiros – Corvo
Fotografia de Kathy Rita
A Vila do Corvo
A Vila do Corvo
Fotografia de Kathy Rita
Vila do Corvo com as Flores ao fundo
Vila do Corvo com as Flores ao fundo
Fotografia de Carla Dias

Ecomuseu do Corvo

The Ecomuseu do Corvo is classified as a territory museum, given that, unlike traditional museums, it covers the entire territory of Corvino, as well as all its heritage.

The idea is to recover the historic center of the island and promote it as a tourist destination, with the support of the population for sustainable development.

Império do Divino Espírito Santo

Popularly known as Casa do Espírito Santo, it is an ancient social and cultural center of Corvo Island registered in history and also a place of conviviality, parties and processions.

Its construction is dated in century XIX, with an architecture made in masonry of stone and with religious aspect. The place is now used for official celebrations such as communions and birthdays.

The traditional Holy Divine Feast occurs every year on Pentecost Sunday and attracts several people.

Moinhos de Vento

Three mills built between the XIX century and XX century fixed in the Way of the Moinhos, in the Village of Corvo, and that receive special protection of the Regional Government of the Azores, considered historical patrimony.

Every year the venue hosts the Festival of Moinhos, which has attracted tourists from all over. The party is a success and free entry.

Moinho
Moinho
Fotografia de Silvia Freitas
Moinho de vento do Corvo
Moinho de vento do Corvo
Fotografia de Carla Dias
Moinho
Moinho
Fotografia de Kathy Rita

So if you are planning to travel to the archipelago of the Azores, do not forget to visit Corvo Island, which despite being small, its richness is great and has excellent tourist options.

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