Dominated by the majestic volcanic cone from which the island takes its name, Pico provides the keen walker with the opportunity to stand on the highest point of Portugal.

The second largest island in the Azores, Pico offers a landscape of dramatic contrasts. The Capitão, Caiado, and Paúl lakes are set within rugged moor land along the spine of the island, whilst the mountain climb offers a spectacular view on a clear day of the five islands of the central group. Sunrise viewed from the summit of Mt Pico (2351m) is truly an unforgettable sight.

The distinctive Pico vineyards are a maze of stone walls, adding a unique aspect to the island’s landscape. The product of these grapevines is the famous wine known as ‘Verdelho do Pico’, a superb aperitif sold in nearly every shop and restaurant.

The island also has a long history with whaling evident from a visit to the old whaling factory in Sao Roque and the fascinating whaling museum in Lajes, all within 40 minutes drive of the capital, Madalena.You might also be tempted to take a trip to see these amazing mammals in action.

From Madalena’s harbour, a ferry runs several times a day to Faial. From the ocean the visitor is left with a final portrait of the mountain island which includes the islets Deitado (lying down) and Em-pe (standing up) overshadowed by the magnificent mountain.

Island figures
Length 42km
Breadth 15km
Surface area 447km²
Population 15,000

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