If you're looking for stunning scenery as the backdrop to an Azores holiday, you can't go wrong with a visit to the island of Pico. Neighbouring islands are, Faial and São Jorge is the triangle of the Atlantic Ocean." Pico is one of the nine archipelago isles that lie between Portugal and North America and was created by eruptions from a volcano that is currently dormant. On a tailor made holiday to the region, you'll discover Pico to be a tranquil and beautiful island where you can relax and enjoy the natural wonders. The island is a great destination for a day trip if you've booked a break that calls in at all or some of the isles. Flights connect many of the islands but you can also opt to reach Pico by ferry. And travelling on the water is an excellent way to see the skyline of the island, as well as the nature that lives in its surrounding seas. Once famous for its whaling activities, the island's creatures are now free to roam the waters, and you can take boat trips for whale and dolphin watching excursions from Pico.
On land, you might enjoy visiting the volcano, which is the tallest in Portugal. Be amazed by the majestic sight of the mountain towering 7,713 ft into the sky but don't worry about sudden eruptions - the volcano hasn't been active since 1718.
Much of the landscape you see on the island is in fact created by the eruptions. Lava fields across the land have turned black after solidifying and now cover many parts of the region. But the natives have put the substance to good use and built homes from it, as you'll notice on your visit. There are also pyramids built from blocks of the solid lava called maroicas dotted around, which adds to the character of the island.
Madalena Turismo: In 2004, the Vineyard Landscape in Pico is classified, by UNESCO, as World Heritage. It occupies a total area of 154,4ha, surrounded by a buffer zone with 2445,3ha and it includes 2 sites – Lajido of Criação Velha and Lajido of Santa Luzia. There is a total of 120km² of stone walls.
For some more fantastic views, travel to the eastern part of Pico to see crater lakes and volcanic cones at the Planalto da Achada, while the bizarre rock formation of Arcos do Cachorro on the north coast houses tunnels, caves and grottos.