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Azores | Flores & Corvo Flores & Corvo The Atlantic’s Garden & The Black Island
Azores | Flores & Corvo Flores & Corvo The Atlantic’s Garden & The Black Island
Azores | Flores & Corvo Flores & Corvo The Atlantic’s Garden & The Black Island
Azores | Flores & Corvo Flores & Corvo The Atlantic’s Garden & The Black Island

Azores | Flores & Corvo

Flores & Corvo

The Atlantic’s Garden & The Black Island

FLORES

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

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

Flores

Away from the beaten path, 321 miles (517km) from Sao Miguel – 1½ hours flight, the island of flowers is a land of spectacular natural beauty and a real find 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, finish in the village and the combination of the two equates to walking the length of the continents westernmost coastline. A unique opportunity!

CORVO

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

Caldeirão • Vila Nova do Corvo
Caldeirão
Vila Nova do
Corvo

C O R V O

Santa Cruz das Flores • Faja • Lagoas Grande Cuada • Lagoas Lajes das Flores
Santa Cruz
das Flores
Faja •
Lagoas
Grande
Cuada •
Lagoas
Lajes das
Flores

F L O R E S

Corvo

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 fields 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.

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

Highlights

Highlights

Rocha dos Bordoes (Flores) Of particular interest is the ‘organ pipes’ – a geological phenomenon formed by the solidification of basalt in high vertical channels which dominates the landscape above the village of Mosteiro on the west coast.

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.

 

Traditional dishes (Corvo) The local gastronomy reflects the abundance of sea food – tuna, anchovy, turbot, sword fish 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

cabbage) and liver sauce are all local specialties. Try the island cheese served with corn bread which has a unique tasty flavour.

and liver sauce are all local specialties. Try the island cheese served with corn bread which
 

Festival

(Flores & Corvo)

Festival of Sao Joao (last week of June)

Note: Date is subject to change.

Note: Date is subject to change.

Note: Date is subject to change.

Activities (page 60)

 

Flores

 

Island tours

Jeep safaris – see page 61

Kayaking – see page 61

Natural rock swimming pools

Scuba diving

Walking (non guided)

Boat trips

 

Corvo

 

Natural rock swimming pools

Scuba diving

■ Walking (non guided)

Walking (non guided)

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Azores | Flores & Corvo

Azores | Flores & Corvo What to see and do on Flores & Corvo A variety
Azores | Flores & Corvo What to see and do on Flores & Corvo A variety

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

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 first 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 Poça do Bacalhau in Faja Grande – offering the perfect opportunity for a refreshing swim. Grade 2

Corvo

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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Flores Island Tour Half day Depart from Santa Cruz towards the west coast of the
Flores Island Tour
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
■ Prices are based on a maximum of 3
people per taxi ■ Lunch and entrance fees
to museums and parks are not included ■
Pick up/drop off from hotels outside of
Santa Cruz at a supplement – please
telephone us for a quotation ■ Itinerary
subject to change.

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).

(minimum of 6 people). Boat trip around the island (half day) Price is c.47.50 Euros per
Argonauta, Faja Grande Airport: 22km Flores ■ Guesthouse ■ Bed & Breakfast (BB) ■ Self

Argonauta, Faja Grande

Airport: 22km Flores

Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast (BB) Self Catering (SC)

Car hire recommended

Situated on a coastal plain (Faja) and enclosed by high cliffs with many cascading waterfalls, the sleepy, white- washed village of Faja Grande is Europe’s most western point. Located in the heart of Faja Grande’s historical centre, close to the church, the Argonauta first 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 first guidebook on the Azores in Italy.

The main building, dating back to the 1700’s, was renovated in 2000 with careful consideration in preserving the buildings original features. There are many floral oil frescoes drawn in the early 1930’s and wood furnishings and timbers salvaged from the shipwreck of the Norwegian Lugger ‘Brilliant’ in 1899.

Accommodation

Main Building – BB There is one bedroom (rock room) located on the ground floor, two bedrooms (Courelas and Patio) on the first floor and, a further two suites (Northwest and Southwest suites) on the second floor.

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.

and hairdryer) and direct access to a communal patio. Casa Via d’Agua Please turn to pages

Casa Via d’Agua

Please turn to pages 70-71 for Prices

Azores | Flores | Faja Grande

to pages 70-71 for Prices Azores | Flores | Faja Grande Argonauta (Main Building) Suite Northwest

Argonauta (Main Building)

Suite Northwest and Suite Southwest (sleeps 2+3) – BB Large, open-plan double room (60m 2 ) 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 d’Agua – A detached 2- bedroom 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 fitted kitchen (4 gas hobs and oven, double sink, fridge-freezer and toaster) with wood- burning stove. The second bedroom connects to a lounge with two sofas, CD player, DVD player with a selection of films, 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).

and two restaurants (one serving Italian cuisine). Casa Via d’Agua Patio (Main Building) Amenities/Leisure

Casa Via d’Agua

restaurants (one serving Italian cuisine). Casa Via d’Agua Patio (Main Building) Amenities/Leisure Buffet breakfast

Patio (Main Building)

Amenities/Leisure

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

Minimum stay: 3 nights

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Azores | Flores | Santa Cruz & Cuada

Azores | Flores | Santa Cruz & Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada
Azores | Flores | Santa Cruz & Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

| Flores | Santa Cruz & Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada Hotel

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Hotel das Flores, Santa Cruz

Airport: 500m Flores

4-star hotel Bed & Breakfast Swimming pool Air-conditioning

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 hotel’s 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 hotel’s garden with its poolside terrace and barbeque area overlooking the Atlantic or walk (20- minutes) 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.

Accommodation

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

Amenities/Leisure

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

Note: Sunvil recommends the Superior rooms with ocean view.

Note: Sunvil recommends the Superior rooms with ocean view. Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada Airport: 20km Flores

Aldeia da Cuada, Cuada

Airport: 20km Flores

Rustic cottages (Turismo Rural) Self Catering Car hire recommended

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 difficulties. A unique tranquil paradise for those who enjoy walking or simply wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Recommended.

from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Recommended. Accommodation 13 cottages including seven 1-bedroom (sleep

Accommodation

13 cottages including seven 1-bedroom (sleep 2+1) and six 2-bedroom units (sleep 4+1) simply and traditionally furnished 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 10 cottages have a fireplace Cleaning at end of stay 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).

Amenities/Leisure

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

rustic golf course ■ Two resident pets ‘Florentina’ the donkey and ‘Bambi’ the sheep. 62 |

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Azores | Corvo | Vila Nova do Corvo Vila Nova do Corvo Comodoro, Vila Nova

Azores | Corvo | Vila Nova do Corvo

Azores | Corvo | Vila Nova do Corvo Vila Nova do Corvo Comodoro, Vila Nova do

Vila Nova do Corvo

Comodoro, Vila Nova do Corvo

Airport: 400m Corvo

Guesthouse (2 star equivalent hotel) Bed & Breakfast

Air-conditioning

The Comodoro is centrally located in Vila Nova do Corvo, a few minutes drive from the airport or port. The property, owner- managed 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 flights a week during low season and daily flights 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 island’s patron saint) built during the 16th century and influenced by contemporary Flemish design.

Accommodation

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

Amenities/Leisure

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 Small garden facing the ocean Three restaurants within easy walking distance 15 nautical miles from Flores Doctor/pharmacy on the island.

Note: Minimum stay in October is 7-nights.

■ Doctor/pharmacy on the island. Note: Minimum stay in October is 7-nights. Natural rock pools Real

Natural rock pools

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