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.
Climb Mt Pico (2351m) and have a spectacular view on a clear day of the five islands of the central group. Sunrise viewed from the summit 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. A must is a trip to see these amazing mammals in action. Take a tour of the spectacular Gruta das Torres just 10minutes drive from Madalena, a 4.5km long lava tunnel rising to 15m in height.
From Madalena’s harbour, it's just a 30minute ferry trip 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.
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.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton
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