Flores & Corvo
Location: Flores & Corvo
Flores is an island of incomparable beauty due to its different geological structure, jagged terrain, beautiful flora and wonderful mountain lakes. Waterfalls plunge down green cliffs into the ocean, the landscape has deep creases formed by eons of volcanic activity, and tiny whitewashed villages nestle on the coastal plains.
The western-most village in Europe, Fajã Grande, is on Flores and is backed by a natural bowl with myriad cascades, tropical foliage and romantic pools. The little capital of Santa Cruz on the east coast is home to fishermen and boat builders and is a haven for native birds.
To the north of Flores, a 60min boat trip takes you to the smallest island, Corvo. The picturesque town of Vila Nova with a population of just 400 is a maze of narrow streets, called ‘canadas’, waiting to be explored. Monte Grosso, the highest point on the island offers an extraordinary view overlooking the steep sided crater that formed the island.
Apart from the exceptional walking and the unique opportunity to sea kayak at the end of Europe, many birdwatchers visit Flores and Corvo especially in September to catch a glimpse of North American vagrants at this, the edge of the Western Palearctic.
Island figures - Flores
Surface area 143km²
Island figures - Corvo
Surface area 17km²