Vila do Corvo
Situated at 31º 05'W and 39º 40'N, with an area of 17,2 km2 (6,5 km x 4 km), Corvo Island (the smallest of the Archipelago), together with Flores, forms the Ocidental group of Azores.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, between the European and American continents, we find the Black Island or Marco Island: the smallest in the Azores archipelago. It was discovered in 1452 by Diogo de Teive - the first person to arrive in the Azores 30 years before.
This island consists of a central volcano with a crater about 5 km in diameter and 300 m deep, and is situated at sea level. By the crater we also find the highest point of the island, known as Estreitinho, which is 720 m high.
Europe’s western-most island has approximately 430 inhabitants. Although the population reached over 1000 in 1864, this declined significantly at the beginning of the 20th century, when nearly 330 inhabitants immigrated to the United States.
The population gathers together by the seaside in just one settlement, Vila do Corvo (Town of Corvo). Known until 1832 as ‘The Village of Our Lady of the Miracles’ (Patron Saint of the village), Corvo changed its name after being ´promoted´ to Vila (small town), and was permitted to have an independent City Council.
People in Corvo work mainly on agricultural activities developed on the land situated around the village. Something remarkable and curious: the island has more than 1,000 bovine cattle individuals and more than half of these belong to the local breed population!
Contacts of interest:
Medical Centre - 292 596 153/154
Firemen/ Fire Brigade - 292 596 218
Police - 292 596 261
Pharmacy - 292 596 085 / 916 749 876
Post Office - 292 596 053
Citizen Office - 800 500 501
Ariel Boat: Between Corvo and Flores (± 45 min). Usually twice a week, although daily during the summer season (June to September). Check: www.atlanticoline.pt or Citizen Office.
Citizen Office - Telephone: 800 500 501 or online booking www.atlanticoline.pt
Aeroplane: Flights by SATA (the only airline that flies to Corvo). Daily flights during summer (July and August). The rest of the year only three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Booking and schedules: Telephone: 707 222 878 or online www.sata.pt or at the SATA counter in Corvo - 292 590 310
Where to stay:
- Comodoro Guesthouse - Telephone: 292 596 128 / 917 763 060
- Private apartments
(rooms and apartments rented by local people)