With the largest mountain in the Azores at its heart, Pico´s landscape is a fascinating mix of lava rock and vegetation which makes for some excellent walking and biking. The topography also contributes to the wine production of the island, whose vineyards have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Pico was the center of the whaling industry but now thrives as a center for whale observation and study.
Area: 444,9 km2
Population: 14,144 inhabitants
Highlights: Pico Mountain; Gruta das Torres; Wine museum; Baleeiros Museum; S. João e Silveira Mysteries; Madalena, São Roque and Lajes Village; Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre; Capitão Lake; Cella Bar;
As a land with wine tradition, the white and red wines that are produced in Pico are much appreciated on the whole of the Archipelago. The fig and loquat spirits also have some fans, and old, copper distillers in working condition can still be found. Liqueurs such as Angelica and other fruit liqueurs are on offer for those with a sweet tooth. The island has always been a big producer of fruit. Its figs, bright red in the inside, are famous. The honey that is produced from the flower of the Australian cheesewood and the São João soft paste cheese complete the island’s list of food delicacies. As for dishes, the highlight goes to octopus stewed in cheiro wine, sausage with taro root, boiled beef and fish broth.