Feet on the ground
Even if you don’t like to walk around with your head in the clouds, observing the air traffic of winged creatures, you will find a lot of entertainment on the island that Portuguese writer Raul Brandão once described as “a convent erected in the middle of the sea”. Convent? We would rather call it a nature sanctuary or, as UNESCO calls it, a Biosphere Reserve. Corvo is a rock with the name of a bird (corvo means crow), which hides a secret that can only be seen from above. More specifically, from the Caldeirão viewpoint.
The crater of the volcano that gave birth to the island is one of the high points (pun intended) of sightseeing in Corvo. On a good day, you can see the surface of various lakes, raised bogs and islets (islands within a volcano, within an island) which, according to the locals, represent the Azores archipelago’s nine islands. In order to spot this geologico-geographical coincidence, you’re going to need a little imagination; but to enjoy the best this view has to offer, you will just need a bit of luck: go up to the crater at sunset on a clear day, and the number of your Instagram followers will change forever.
Tip: Caldeirão is a shy mountain: it likes to cover itself up in clouds and enjoys the company of the wind, which can blow at hundreds of kilometers per hour. Before going up, ask around to check if the weather allows it.