CORVO - THE AZORES
CORVO FACTS AND STATS
- Corvo means "The Raven".
- Corvo was discovered along with Flores in 1452, although new research (G. Menzies;1421) suggests, it was discovered much earlier by the Chinese, who left a strange statue of a man on horseback on the summit of the island.
- Formed by consecutive layers of volcanic lava and pyroclects, Corvo is surrounded by the highest cliffs in the archipelago, rising up to 700m on the west coast.
- Being just 6.5 km long, 4 km at its widest and with a total land area of only 17.45 sq. km, Corvo is the smallest island in the archipelago.
- With over 50% of the island classified as a Natura 2000 Site, Corvo is rich in endemic fauna and flora.
- With approximately 400 inhabitants which accounts for 0.18% of the population of the archipelago, Corvo is the least populated Azorean island.
- There is one small settlement - Vila Nova.
- The highest point, Monte Grosso - which reaches 770 m, is part of the vast green, volcanic crater that dominates the landscape.
- The volcanic crater is 2 km wide and has a depth of 300m.
- Main economic activities include fishing, agriculture and cattle-breeding.
- The boat trip from Flores to Corvo
- A 3 hour walk up to the Caldeirao and Monte Grosso
- A walk around the settlement of Vila Nova
- Experiencing a quite unique island
- The flight out of Corvo