The smallest island of the Azores is 6.24 km long and has 3.99 km at its maximum width. This oval shaped island stretches from north to south and has an area of 17.1 sq. km, with 430 people (2011 data) living there. The island of Corvo and the island of Flores, 17.9 km away, make up the Western Group of the archipelago. The highest point of the island, at an altitude of 720 m, is located in the area known as Estreitinho at 39°41'58'' latitude north and 31°06'55'' longitude west.
Influenced by Mediterranean designs, they are smaller than those influenced by Northern European models. In these black stone constructions, the domes and the triangular sails constantly rotate to face the direction of the wind.
Dedicated to the patron saint of the island, whose feast is celebrated on 15 August. Inside, the statue of the saint which dates back to the sixteenth century can be found.
A 300-metre deep crater with a diameter of 2.3 km. Some say that, inside, you can see the outline of the nine islands of the Azores.
This interpretation centre is integrated in the classified area of the historic core of the town and it’s where visitors can learn and better understand the environmental and cultural specificities of the island.