Vila Nova do Corvo is the only town in Corvo, which incidentally is the smallest island in the Azores. The town is the base and starting point by default for all tourists who visit Corvo. The island’s only airport is located near Vila Nova do Corvo.
Vila Nova do Corvo is best described as a picturesquely charming town. Most people’s first impression of Vila Nova do Corvo is somewhat reminiscently melancholic. The town’s cobblestone streets locally referred to as “canadas” are narrow, the facades of its buildings relic-like with their old stones, black and white trimmed doors and windows, make-shift tool sheds, and obsolete wooden locks. You might even see inside a home or two the use of old looms by villagers to weave thick embroidered cloths – what would be a truly symbolic portrait of the town’s role as a living museum of the past.
Vila Nova do Corvo has a prominent church called Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres (or Our Lady of Miracles Church), which is named after the town’s patron saint. It was built during the 16th century, employing the Flemish design style of “Malines”. It is worthwhile walking down the cobblestone streets and observing the old-style houses.
The Portinho da Areia near the town is a great swimming, diving, and beach area. Pão de Açúcar and Cova Vermelha are not far from Portinho da Areia and offer cliff views of Vila Nova do Corvo and the southern landscapes of Corvo.
Vila Nova do Corvo and its rocky coasts nearby are also great areas to fish. The waters are deep and filled with an enormous variety of fish, ripe for great sport catches.
Vila Nova do Corvo holds a large religious festival every year in the middle of August dedicated to Corvo’s patron saint, Our Lady of Miracles. Every year, the Our Lady of Miracles Festival is the largest of the island’s annual festivals.