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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
This restaurant is divided in two parts, an old and a new one. They insit do not serve the dish of the day in the new part, but just ask him if you wish this dish.
This restaurante offers a good ambience, service and has a great view over the village of Lajes.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish was carne assada, but also octopus is very good!
Cristiano, Lda. is the bus company which operates in the island.Fax. 00.351.292622606Lines1. Piedade [06:15, 13:30] (13:15) - Madalena [10:00, 17:45] (09:30)2. Ribeirinha [05:40, 13:10] (12:45) - Madalena [10:00, 17:45] (09:30)Departing times - Working days.() - Sundays and holidays1. Piedade-Ribeirinha-Terra Alta-Santo Amaro-Rossio-Prainha de...more
We had booked our trip through Abreu Travel who put us in touch with Antonio Carlos Rodrigues Silva for a spectacular day on Pico. Carlos took fabulous care of us and quickly determined what we wanted to see, at what pace we would like to travel (since he had been conducting these tours for many years.)As a Pico native, he showed us spots and...more
The Wine Harvest Festival takes place during the first week of September and is a century old custom practised by the people of Pico. The culture of grape vines and the production of famous wines that reached the tables of the Czars of Russia is the reason behind the cultural sportive and social activities which entertain the populace of Madalena.more
These festivities take place in Lajes, and begin on the last Sunday of August. They are a devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, elected patron saint to the Whalers.During a whole week, whalers week, many social cultural events connected to the ancient art of whale hunting take place.more