Pico Island is the second largest of the Azores archipelago and is dominated by the iconic Volcano of Pico which is Portugal’s largest mountain. The magical panoramic views of the surrounding islands, particularly as the sun is setting here, are to die for.
It is the most southerly island of the Central Group of the Azores archipelago and part of the “triangle islands”, along with Faial and São Jorge. Together these islands make up the destinations for our Three Island Holiday.
The immense volcano has contributed to the diverse and unique landscape of lava rock and exotic vegetation. It has also led to the development of ‘The Landscape of the Pico Vineyard Culture’, which is an outstanding example of the adaptation of farming practices to a remote and challenging environment.
The production of wine began in the 15th century and the distinctive stone walls were built to protect the vineyards from strong winds and surges from the Atlantic Ocean. Despite these treacherous conditions, volcanic eruptions and lava landslides, early settlers adapted the technique for cultivating wine and thrived. The enchanting maze of stone wall vineyards can still be seen today and the techniques are still used. The Landscape of the Pico Vineyard Culture has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the views of the vineyards flanked by the looming mountain are simply spectacular. After a day of exploring the vineyards, you have a free day on the island and we strongly recommend taking to the seas…
Various species of whale and dolphin inhabit the surrounding waters and so we offer a choice of incredible activities with the aim of allowing you to witness these animals at close quarters. You can choose from a whale and dolphin watching experience where turtles and birdlife can also be spotted. Or, as an alternative, you can try a half day tour to swim with dolphins in the company of expert guides.
Pico also offers some of the best areas for swimming in the Azores with the numerous sandy bays and beautiful coves flanked by a volcanic and rugged landscape.
Photography by Futurismo Azores Adventure