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Born from the sea, the mountain of Pico rises up to the sky, beyond the clouds. Around the mountain, there is just the blue of the sky and of the ocean and the green spots of the islands that are dominated by the mountain’s altitude. This is Pico, the volcanic cone that the human hand transformed into vineyards and orchards, erupting from the dark lava...
The island is located at 28º 20” west longitude and 38º 30” north latitude. Surrounding the 2.351 metre-high volcano that names it, Pico Island has an oblong shape, with 42 km of length and 15.2 m of width, covering an overall area of 447 km2. A plateau with secondary volcanic cones ends by the sea in high cliffs, whilst the island’s lowest area, to the west, has some gentle slopes.
What to visit
As the centre of the whale hunting tradition, Lajes Town features a number of old houses with balconies, testimonials of an opulent past. Here you may visit the Whalemen’s Museum, which is the town’s symbol depicting whale hunting, an activity that was a reality until a very recent past.
This majestic volcano dominates the island with its 2.351 m of altitude and is crowned by Pico Grande (Great Peak), a crater with a perimeter of about 700 m and a depth of 30 m.
With about 70 m of altitude, Piquinho or Pico Pequeno (Little Peak) is in one of the crater ends. This is the summit of the mountain and from its base some fumaroles arise. It is always possible to climb Pico as long as visitors are accompanied by a local guide.
What to do
Motor and sail boat tours
Mountaineering and speleology
Holy Ghost Festivals
St. Mary Magdalene's Festival
Semana dos Baleeiros (Whalemen's Festival)
Cais de Agosto (August Quay)
Miraculous Good Jesus Festival
Festa das Vindimas (Grape-picking Festival)