This is the highest mountain of Portugal, with 2351m high.
Climbing Pico mountain may be a reward for the magnificent views, that the altitude provides, of both Pico island and the other islands of the central group, although it is always advisable to be accompanied by a guide.
When I travel to Faial Island from São Miguel Island, the plane passed exactly over the top of the mountian and, as the weather was vwery good, it was a wonderful scenary.
Guides I advise you:
José Carlos Lopes, tel. 292699148
Flamínio Alberto Costa, mobil. 965418418.
Drive along the coast looking at rocks and blowholes. There are two offshore rocks named “Standing up” and “Laying down,” which is exactly how they look. Another looks like a dog's head.
The “Small Port” is a gap in the rocks with a ramp that slopes down to the water. The barrels of wine were rolled down it to the waiting ships.
Old tide well in the small village of Cachorro. The people had cisterns for their water supply, but there wasn’t enough rain in the summer. Tide wells gets water from the high tides (they aren’t deep enough to draw from low tides) and the water gets filtered as it comes through all the rock.
The grove of dragon trees (Dragoeiros) on the grounds of the Wine Museum near Madalena was as interesting as the museum. The name comes from the scaly bark and red sap. The sap used to be used a red dye.
Pico was settled by farmers, not fishermen, and it was the first of the islands to have vineyards. The wine region near Madelena is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Basalt walls running throughout the vineyard act like a greenhouse and also protect the plants from salt spray.
One of the island’s two whale factories was located here. Whaling lasted longer in Pico than anywhere else, and they didn’t completely stop until 1984. This excellent Whaling Museum, includes a whaleboat and all the equipment as well as films and photos.
Places of particular interest, formed by volcanic eruptions, such as Misterio da Prainha (between S. Roque and Prainha), Misterio de Sta. Luzia (between S.Luzia and Bandeiras) and Misterio de São João.
Museu dos Baleeiros (Whalers Museum) - housed in the original boat houses, it shows instruments and boats used for whale hunting. There is also has a collection of scrimshaw with hundreds of exemplars in whale tooth and bone.
This museum, which was set up recently in a former boat-house, is the only one of its kind in Portugal. It contains a collection of over a hundred scrimshaw pieces, carved in the tooth or bone of the whale.
Here you cann find the main shipbuilding yard in the Azores: traditional techniques, experienced craftsmen transform gnarled and twisted wood into attractive rowing boats, fast motor-boats, trawlers and other fishing and passenger boats.
The Museum of the Whaling Industry, recently housed in the former Whaling Factory, exhibits tools and equipment used in the whaling industry.
Nowadays the whaling industry is prohibited by law, but we still have artisanat made of bone whales.
The coastline is indented with headlands and bays. Impressive lava arches like the “Arches of the Puppy” can be seen along the coastline, where the sea churns through tunnels. The curious rock formation has the shape of the face of a dog, the lava formations were named after that peculiar shape
Adega “A Buraca,” at São Roque has a tasting room for wine and liqueurs. They also had a nice historic display.
Situated at the port entrance to the town, right by the sea. Founded in the 17th century, it is the biggest church of the island.
Impressive lava arches along the north coast: One of them resembles the face of a dog ("cachorro" means "puppy")