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Azores | Flores & Corvo

Flores & Corvo

The Atlantics Garden & The Black Island
Area: 143 sq. km Length: 17 km (11 miles) Width: 11.5 km (7 miles) Population: 4,500 inhabitants Capital: Santa Cruz das Flores

Area: 17 sq. km Length: 6.5 km (4 miles) Width: 4 km (2.5 miles) Population: 488 inhabitants Capital: Vila Nova do Corvo

I Rocha dos Bordoes (Flores) Of particular interest is the organ pipes a geological phenomenon formed by the solidication of basalt in high vertical channels which dominates the landscape above the village of Mosteiro on the west coast. I Birdlife (Corvo) 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. I Traditional dishes (Corvo) The local gastronomy reects the abundance of sea food tuna, anchovy, turbot, sword sh 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 avour.

Flores and Corvo, the westernmost islands of the Azores archipelago, will mesmerise any visitor who travels to their shores.

Caldeiro CORVO

Vila Nova do Corvo

Away from the beaten path, 321 miles (517km) from Sao Miguel 1 hours ight, the island of owers is a land of spectacular natural beauty and a real nd for nature enthusiasts. Towering cliffs, a multitude of lakes, waterfalls, small pastures bordered by mile after mile of hydrangea hedges and spectacular views await at every turn. Santa Cruz, located on the east coast of Flores, is a small village of narrow streets, local snack bars and natural rock pools. The capital is an ideal base from which to explore the island. Situated on the seashore of a coastal plain, Faja Grande is enclosed by a high cliff with about 20 waterfalls. The village is also home to a small pebble beach and is a noted area for Nearctic land birds. This peaceful settlement of some 200 inhabitants attracts walkers from all over the world. Two marked trails, 8.5km and 11km respectively, nish in the village and the combination of the two equates to walking the length of the continents westernmost coastline. A unique opportunity!
Faja Grande Cuada


Santa Cruz das Flores


Lajes das Flores

(Flores & Corvo) I Festival of Sao Joao (last week of June) Note: Date is subject to change.

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 elds 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.

Activities (page 60)

Flores I Island tours I Jeep safaris see page 61 I Kayaking see page 61 I Natural rock swimming pools I Scuba diving I Walking (non guided) I Boat trips Corvo I Natural rock swimming pools I Scuba diving I Walking (non guided)

Opposite page: Hydrangeas in bloom on Flores (top) and the Caldeira on Corvo (bottom).

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Azores | Flores & Corvo

What to see and do on Flores & Corvo

A variety of activities can be booked locally including walks and boat trips as shown below. Sunvil is able to pre-book the island tour on Flores.

Non Guided Walks Flores Island Tour

Ponta do Albarnaz is a 2 hour 30 minutes (11km) walk on Flores west coast. The route is bordered by hydrangeas and descends and crosses several rivulets before reaching your rst view point. Here you can enjoy spectacular views over Maria Vaz islet, Ponta do Albarnaz lighthouse and, on a clear day, the tiny island of Corvo. Continuing on an unmade track you will then descend towards Ponta da Faja and the quaint village of Faja Grande, where the walk comes to an end. Grade 2 Miradouro das Lagoas is a 3 hour (7km) walk offering spectacular views along the west coast of Flores and descending to the pretty village of Ribeira das Casas with its gurgling stream. The walk ends at the pool and waterfall of Poa do Bacalhau in Faja Grande offering the perfect opportunity for a refreshing swim. Grade 2

Corvo Boat Trips

A boat tour around the island of Flores can be arranged locally. During the summer months (May-Sep), when the weather is settled, it is also possible to visit the neighbouring island of Corvo. Trip to Corvo (45 minutes by Zodiac) Price is c.35 Euros per person (minimum of 6 people). Boat trip around the island (half day) Price is c.47.50 Euros per person (minimum of 6 people).

Half day
Depart from Santa Cruz towards the west coast of the island on the interior road. En route you will stop at the Ribeira da Cruz belvedere and visit the lakes of Lomba, Funda and Rasa. Continue to Fajazinha and Ponta da Faja Grande. Return to Santa Cruz stopping at the Caveira belvedere to admire the view over Santa Cruz, the principal town of the island and the west coast. From Santa Cruz Price is 130 per taxi Notes I Prices are based on a maximum of 3 people per taxi I Lunch and entrance fees to museums and parks are not included I Pick up/drop off from hotels outside of Santa Cruz at a supplement please telephone us for a quotation I Itinerary subject to change.

Cova Vermelha is a 1 hour (3.5km) walk 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

Grading of Walks 1 for Easy 2 for Medium

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Azores | Flores | Faja Grande

Argonauta (Main Building)

Argonauta, Faja Grande

Airport: 22km Flores I Guesthouse I Bed & Breakfast (BB) I Self Catering (SC) I Car hire recommended

Situated on a coastal plain (Faja) and enclosed by high cliffs with many cascading waterfalls, the sleepy, whitewashed village of Faja Grande is Europes most western point. Located in the heart of Faja Grandes historical centre, close to the church, the Argonauta rst opened its doors to guests in 1991. Pierluigi Bragaglia, the Italian owner of this delightful guesthouse, fell in love with the enchanting island of Flores whilst researching his book Portugal Azores the rst guidebook on the Azores in Italy. The main building, dating back to the 1700s, was renovated in 2000 with careful consideration in preserving the buildings original features. There are many oral oil frescoes drawn in the early 1930s and wood furnishings and timbers salvaged from the shipwreck of the Norwegian Lugger Brilliant in 1899.

Main Building BB There is one bedroom (rock room) located on the ground oor, two bedrooms (Courelas and Patio) on the rst oor and, a further two suites (Northwest and Southwest suites) on the second oor. Rock room (sleep 2) BB Double room with writing desk and bathroom (shower and hairdryer). This room may be darker than the other rooms and has an asymmetrical window. Courelas (sleep 2) BB Double room with mini-cooler, writing desk and bathroom (shower and hairdryer). Patio (sleeps 2+1) BB Double room with a mini-fridge, designated lounge area with a sofa bed for a child and rocking chair, bathroom (shower and hairdryer) and direct access to a communal patio.

Suite Northwest and Suite Southwest (sleeps 2+3) BB Large, open-plan double room (60m2) with two large skylights, bathroom (shower and hairdryer suite Southwest also has a hip bath) designated living area with double sofa bed, CD player, mini-fridge and an electric kettle with tea/coffee making facilities and telescope for star-gazing. The suites can accommodate two extra beds for adults/children. Casa Via dAgua A detached 2bedroom house (sleeps 4+2) - SC Two large double bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom (bath and shower), hairdryer, CD player, sofa bed and separate entrances to the garden. One bedroom connects to a large, fully tted kitchen (4 gas hobs and oven, double sink, fridge-freezer and toaster) with woodburning stove. The second bedroom connects to a lounge with two sofas, CD player, DVD player with a selection of lms, satellite TV, games (cards, backgammon, chess and draughts) which opens up on to a small patio area with access to the kitchen. The house is supplied with basic cooking ingredients including herbs (guests are invited to use herbs from the herb garden), homemade jams (orange, honey and strawberry), cooking oil, vinegar, local tea and cocoa. Two minutes walk uphill to the main house of Argonauta, two mini-markets and two restaurants (one serving Italian cuisine).

Casa Via dAgua

Patio (Main Building)

Buffet breakfast I Communal patio with barbecue area and tables and chairs I Packed lunches and evening meals can be provided locally on request I Sitting room with comfortable seating area, CD player, TV, books, games (cards, backgammon and chess), internet connection (free of charge) and payphone I Faja Grande has two restaurants, one snack-bar, three minimarkets, a handful of cafes and a black pebble beach with natural rock pools I One restaurant is located in the neighbouring town Fajazinha I Free parking 40 metres away I Car or kayak tours, kayak fishing and guided hiking can be arranged locally. Minimum stay: 3 nights

Casa Via dAgua

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Azores | Flores | Santa Cruz & Cuada

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Hotel das Flores, Santa Cruz

Airport: 500m Flores I 4-star hotel I Bed & Breakfast I Swimming pool I Air-conditioning I Car hire recommended

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Airport: 20km Flores I Rustic cottages (Turismo Rural) I Self Catering I Car hire recommended

The Hotel das Flores is built on a headland on the outskirts of Santa Cruz (1.5km) and affords uninterrupted ocean views across to Corvo, the smallest island of the archipelago. Many of the hotels bedrooms as well as the restaurant and pool enjoy this wonderful panorama. The hotel, fashioned in a contemporary style, also has a beautiful display of black and white prints adorning the walls. Guests can relax in the hotels garden with its poolside terrace and barbeque area overlooking the Atlantic or walk (20minutes) to the natural swimming pool and village of Santa Cruz. Alternatively there are some pretty hiking trails nearby and the Calderas National Park is a 30-minute drive away.

26 air-conditioned rooms including standard rooms, superior rooms and a suite I All rooms have bathroom (bath & shower), hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone and minibar I The Superior rooms and suites have a balcony and ocean view.

Continental breakfast I Panoramic restaurant serving international dishes and local specialties I Safe deposit box at reception I Complimentary WIFI internet connection in the public areas I Mini gym I Games room (pool table) I Swimming pool (8 x 13m) open Jun-Sep I Opposite the hotel is a good local restaurant and cake shop I 20-minutes walk to Santa Cruz centre (two restaurants) and its harbour I Free parking. Note: Sunvil recommends the Superior rooms with ocean view.

The village of Cuada is located on a small plateau 2km from the coastal resort of Faja Grande, a popular base for walkers owing to the beautiful scenery and impressive waterfalls. In the 1960s the village was virtually abandoned by the weaving community emigrating to the New World. After 15 years of devoted and painstaking work, the new owners, Carlos and Teotonia Silva, have successfully renovated and modernised the houses in keeping with the rural features of the original stone buildings. The cottages and gardens are linked together by cobbled paths and, as a result, are unsuitable for clients with walking difculties. A unique tranquil paradise for those who enjoy walking or simply wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Recommended.

13 cottages including seven 1-bedroom (sleep 2+1) and six 2-bedroom units (sleep 4+1) simply and traditionally furnished I All units have a bathroom (shower), stereo, telephone, kitchen (2 gas hobs and fridge), electric heaters and a small terrace with barbecue, tables and chairs I 10 cottages have a replace I Cleaning at end of stay I Welcome pack included (local wine, water, bread, butter, cheese, coffee/tea, biscuits, sugar, 6 eggs, milk, juice, salt/pepper and 2 rolls of toilet paper).

Bed linen and towels changed weekly I Reception and lounge decorated with antiques and with a coffee machine and fridge lled with cold drinks I Free parking I 2km (20-minutes downhill walk) to Faja Grande (closest restaurants/shops). Faja Grande has two restaurants, three mini markets, a handful of cafs and offers a good area for swimming I 9-hole rustic golf course I Two resident pets Florentina the donkey and Bambi the sheep.

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Azores | Corvo | Vila Nova do Corvo

Vila Nova do Corvo

Comodoro, Vila Nova do Corvo

Airport: 400m Corvo I Guesthouse (2 star equivalent hotel) I Bed & Breakfast I Air-conditioning

The Comodoro is centrally located in Vila Nova do Corvo, a few minutes drive from the airport or port. The property, ownermanaged by a charming Azorean couple, was converted from a modest family home in to a modern and comfortable guesthouse and offers a warm and personal service to visitors venturing out to the picturesque western most island of Europe. Approximately 400 inhabitants live on the tiny island of Corvo and all are concentrated in the town of Vila Nova do Corvo. This south facing, coastal town is composed of a short airport runway which has three ights a week during low season and daily ights during the summer months (18 or 61-seater planes), three restaurants and narrow streets called canadas. The most prominent structure in the town is the church of Nossa Senhora dos Milagres (the islands patron saint) built during the 16th century and inuenced by contemporary Flemish design.

8 air-conditioned rooms, located on the rst oor (no lift), all with bathroom (shower), hairdryer, satellite TV and free internet connection I Three rooms will accommodate an extra bed for an adult or a child.

Lounge where a buffet breakfast is served and where guests are free to use the kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, grill, dishwasher, toaster, tea/coffee making facilities) to prepare light snacks. The TV lounge has a bar, complimentary internet connection, various guide books on the island and an open-air terrace with views towards the ocean I Small garden facing the ocean I Three restaurants within easy walking distance I 15 nautical miles from Flores I Doctor/pharmacy on the island. Note: Minimum stay in October is 7-nights.

Natural rock pools

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