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“It is here where the light of the Azores reaches perhaps perfection. (...) There's a new beauty that must be found - but once found it will never let you go...”
Raul Brandão, “The Unknown Islands”

Azores

In the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean, just two hours from the European Continent. The nine islands which compose the archipelago and cover an extensive sea area are endowed with a rich and unique marine biodiversity. We can find in these waters over 27 species of cetaceans, 5 species of sea turtles and over 600 species of fish including large schools of pelagic fish, graceful manta rays and affable dusky groupers.
This all combines to the beauty of the clear waters, unique shades, with mild temperatures making this a European paradise in the Atlantic.
The Azores archipelago consists of nine islands, divided into three groups: the Eastern Group – formed by the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria, the Central Group constituted by the islands of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial, and the Western Group consists of the islands of Flores and Corvo.

How to get here

Air connections between Europe and the Azores archipelago, and between the islands, are guaranteed by the Portuguese companies TAP and SATA. This service is guaranteed throughout the year, and even during the summer, where there is a greater number of connections and services.

The maritime connections between the islands are guaranteed by the companies Atlanticoline and Transmaçor

What to Know

Language
Portuguese is the official language. Among the population, it is common to find someone who speaks English and occasionally French. Spanish and Italian are easily understood by the Portuguese.

Driving
To drive in the Azores, you must have a driver’s license, identity card, insurance, carnet registration title of ownership.

Currency, banks and exchange
In the Azores circulates the EURO, the common currency of the European Union countries. The Currency exchange can be done at banks, open to the public from 08h30 to 15h00 during weekdays or on cash machines (MB)/ (ATM) available 24 hours a day. The most used Credit cards are: VISA and VISA ELECTRON, AMERICAN EXPRESS, MASTERCARD and MAESTRO.

Time Zone
In the Azores the time follows the Standard Time Zone (UTC-1) or Greenwhich Mean Time (GMT-1), thus less than one hour as in the mainland Portugal.

Telephone calls
The telephone code of Portugal is 351. To call Portugal from abroad, you have to dial the international prefix (00), the country code and the corresponding phone number.

Pico

Pico
© Jaime de Brum
Pico is the second biggest Island of the Azores Archipelago.
Here you can find the highest mountain of Portugal, the mountain Pico, with an altitude of 2351 m. The island has a surface of 447 km2, 42 km of length and 15, 2 km of maximum width. Know more
Inhabited by less more than 14 thousand people (according to the National Institute of Statistics –2011 Census), it is a unique island, considering its natural beauty: on land, like for instance, there are the caves, the lagoons, rails, natural pools among others; at sea, by the marvelous encounters with Wales and Dolphins, which turn these journeys into unforgettable adventures.
The year when the island Pico was discovered is unknown. However, it began to be settled little before 1460. According to most of the records, it is believed that the first settlers on this island, more precisely at the bay of the Castelete, where today is the town of Lajes do Pico, must have been Portuguese from the north side of Portugal.
The first town, on this island, was Lajes do Pico, in 1500, followed by the town Sao Roque, in 1542. The population found in the cultivation of wheat and pastel – dye plant exported to the Flanders – and also the wine culture their means of substance.
Since early Pico established itself as an important trading place, due to its harbor, which makes the connection with the island Faial and where commercial trades with abroad were made. Nevertheless Pico was also the place of residence of the large vineyards landowners of this Island, and therefore stated itself as an important and renowned region in the landscape of the wine production.
The lands were plowed and turned into orchards and vineyards, where the famous “verdelho” of Pico comes from and for over two hundreds of years it reached international recognition, being appreciated in several countries such as Russia, England or the United States.
Noteworthy is the presence of American whalers in the Azorean Waters, in the late XVIII century, which introduced a new hub of activity on the island.
All this history is remembered and portrayed in the museum of the island of Pico, in the Whalers Museum in Lajes do Pico and in the Whaling Industry Museum in São Roque do Pico.

Regional Cuisine

The cuisine, the art of preparing delicacies to provide pleasure to those who eat them. It is very rich and varied in our Council either in the confection of typical dishes and desserts, whether by the quality of traditional wines.
Fresh fish, good meet, fine cheeses and seafood are good base for the preparation of delicious meals. The famous fish broths, “linguiça” (local sausage made of pork) and “torresmos” (pork meat) with yams, “molha de carne” and stewed octopus, are advisable dishes.
The cheese of Pico as an appetizer or dessert, accompanied by homemade bread or corn bread and aperitifs, table wines, whites, reds and “vinho de cheiro” are recommended.
The desserts like rice pudding, “Massa Sovada” (sweet bread), “Vésperas” cake, “rosquilhas” are specialties of the Holy Spirit Feast typical of this land.

What to Visit

In the municipality of Lajes do Pico, the men of the land were also men of the sea.
The history of this region is intrinsically linked to the whaling adventure. However, here also wine was produced and different kinds of fruit marketed.
The need to sustain large families forced Lajes people to work the land, daily, with an eye in the sea, waiting for the rocket burst warning of whale in sight. As soon as they heard it, farmers, masons and blacksmiths, would head to the sea, running through the “Canadas” fetching, on the way, their packed lunch.
This whaling heritage is still visible, particularly in Pico Museum – the Whaling Museum in Lajes, located in the former house of whaling boats of Lajes do Pico, whose estate adds: tools and equipments; the blacksmith shop; a whaling boat and other relics associated with whaling.
Still, at the Whaling Industry Museum in São Roque do Pico, installed in the building of the former whaling factory, having labored between 1946 and 1984. As museum space opened to the public in 1994 and is considered as one of the best museums in the industrial genres, showing boilers, furnaces, machinery and other machinery and equipment used for processing.
Also, the Center for Arts and Marine Sciences in Lajes do Pico, installed in the old factory (SIBIL), recovered in 2007, and presents a place of memory to the whaling industry, showing machinery of the whaling industry and multimedia exhibits about the biology and ecology of cetaceans.
Still at the Multimedia Center in São Roque do Pico, recovered in 2003, installed in the old house of whaling boats, property of “Armações Baleeiras Reunidas, Lda.”, is exhibited estate of the whaling industry: a small boat motor (suspended) in its original plan and all its accoutrements, a skeleton (lower jaw) the largest mammal hunted in San Roque, and 23 portraits, painted with coffee, of some of the whalers workers of the “Armações Baleeiras Reunidas, Lda.”.
Associated with the production of wine, the Pico Museum, still have the Wine Museum still in Madalena do Pico, located in the former convent of Carmelitas built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The building is a permanent exhibition patent related to the cycle of wine, a small shop selling wine, a wine cellar, a wine press, and a garden with secular trees species of dragon tree (Dracaena draco).
Also related to the production of wine, you can visit the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre, located in the heart of Lajido in Santa Luzia, a starting point in understanding the rich cultural heritage classified as World Heritage by Unesco in 2004. In the building it is patent a permanent exhibition, a movie on display, it also features a guided tour, tasting Kiosk and Interactive Zone.
The Mountain’s House offers information about the geology, biology, history, climate and legal framework of the Natural Reserve of Pico Mountain.
It also controls the climbs through the register (required) of the Hikers, at the beginning or end of the climb, and through the GPS Tracking System.
In the Mountain’s House there is a bar with panoramic view, shop, ticket office, toilets and toilet for handicapped, parking, ATM, and auditorium with film projection.
Whaling Museum
Rua dos Baleeiros n.º 13
Lajes do Pico
museus.azores.gov.pt

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00
Saturday and Sunday from 13.30 to 17.00
Closed on Monday
Whaling Industry Museum
Rua do Poço
São Roque do Pico
museus.azores.gov.pt

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00
Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 12:30
Closed on Monday
Center for Arts and Marine Sciences
Rua do Castelo
Ribeira do Meio – Lajes

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, from 10h00 to 19h00
Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 12:30
Closed on Monday
Multimedia Center
Rua do Cais do Pico
Sao Roque do Pico

Opening hours:
Summer Time:
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:30
Thursday to Sunday from 09:00 am-18:00 -12h30/13h30

Winter time:
Monday to Friday: 9h00 - 12h30 / 13h30 - 18h00
Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Wine Museum
Rua do Carmo
Madalena do Pico

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 a.m.--12h30/13h30 17.00
Saturday to Sunday: 09h00-12h30
Closed on Monday
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre
Lajido Santa Luzia
São Roque do Pico

Opening hours:
Winter time:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09:30 to 12:30
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays

Summer Time:
Every day: 10:00 to 18:00
Mountain’s House
Caminho Florestal nº 9
Candelária Madalena
Mountain foothills at 1100 m altitude

Opening Time:
From October to April
Saturday and Sunday: 08h30 to 18h30
Closed on Mondays and Fridays

From May to September
Every day: 08h00 to 20h00

From June to September
Every day: 24 hours
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