The second largest island in the Azores and the most obviously volcanic, Pico offers a landscape of dramatic contrasts. The Capitão, Caiado, and Paúl lakes are set within rugged moorland along the central spine of the island, whilst the western end is a mass of black lava flows which have been broken up and turned into low stone walls to protect the vines.
Its reputation as a whale watching centre draws many visitors, but there are many more reasons to visit.
The quiet roads of Pico make for some great cycling and the walking is obviously a highlight with Mt Pico being the highest mountain in Portugal, though there are many less challenging but equally beautiful trails. But a big attraction is the whale watching and Lajes do Pico is considered the home of Azorean whale watching.
Many of our guests choose to stay in the lovely basalt self catering cottages set in and around small fishing villages, but there are some gorgeous guesthouses and boutique style hotels to choose from. Just make sure you stay long enough to explore this fascinating island.