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Ferries to Corvo

Corvo is the smallest and northernmost island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, and in Macaronesia, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Life on ‘the island of the crow’ is slow-paced and quiet, with just the one volcanic crater and a single village with just over four hundred inhabitants, comparatively much less than the rest of the Azorean islands. Corvo is so isolated, in fact, the residents have maintained a medieval-style dialect, with electricity only introduced in 1963. However, best of all, as an island devoid of traffic, touristic resorts and virtually all crime, Corvo offers an unforgettable getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The one and only village, Vila do Corvo, is the smallest municipality in the Azores, consisting of small, plain houses along narrow streets.

Corvo’s prominent physical feature is the two kilometre-wide crater, known as a ‘caldera’ in Portuguese, found on Monte Grosso, partly filled with shallow, glistening lakes with several islets. The island itself is circled by towering, steep cliffs, making for magnificent viewing upon arrival by ferry, and once you’re ashore you’ll spot numerous black windmills dotting the verdant landscape.

Culture on Corvo

This tranquil island bursts into life during the Holy Ghost Festival in August, a celebration of the Saint Nossa Senhora dos Milagres, by the chapel of Vila do Corvo which dates back to 1871. It also involves excellent brass bands from the other islands performing for a few days. Further celebrations are held for the end of summer each September, when locals dance in a large procession.

Despite its small size, Corvo is one of the largest producers of handicrafts in the Azores. Most commonly made are woollen hats and bonnets, coloured in dark blue with a white stripe. In terms of cuisine, it centres on fresh seafood, as you would expect from a remote island, which is usually served with locally baked corn bread. Kale and fresh pork, which is salted the day before, is another favourite dish.

What ferry services are there?

From the island of Flores, directly to the south, there are many sailings every week to Vila Nova do Corvo. Lasting just forty minutes, the routes are operated by Atlanticoline, one of the leading ferry operators in the Azores.

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Corvo reviews

  • "Good experience"

    The trip itself went relatively well. However, there were some problems with functioning of the website and for a week we could not buy the tickets because the website was not active (in May). I strongly recommend reminding/explaining foreign tourists the car license issues. While buying the ticket online for some reasons there was no option for "car registration/licence no. is unavailable at the moment" or something like this in the beginning of purchasing process. Then it appeared. When we came in a rented car to get the tickets in Madalena, the staff member at the ticket office did not ask us for the car registration number, so we went to the ferry and got to Horta with no car registration number on the tickets but, going back we experienced a big stress, when almost 5 minutes to the departure of the ferry we were told that our tickets are not valid for this car, though we had come without any problems to Horta already. Your staff at the ticket office should be careful. But generally we found this way of moving to Horta and back to Madalena very good.

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  • "Parfait "

    Parfait mais il faisait trop froid dans le salon

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  • "Trip to Santa Maria"

    Fully satisfied.

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  • "Smooth sailing"

    Great way to get from Pico to Faial. Easy and fast, in only 30 minutes you are on the other island! I would definitely recommend it!

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