It is on Pico Island
that the highest point in Portugal is located, being 2351 metres above sea
level. Climbing the mountain, which is nothing more than a volcano, is usually
the dream trip of many travellers, or even one of the life goals of many Portuguese
people who intend to do the hike before the end of their lives. However, there
is much more to discover on one of the most beautiful islands in the Azores
Climbing the highest mountain in Portugal is the highlight of a visit to Pico Island. There are several ways to climb Pico Mountain. People can opt for the ascent during the day, the ascent during the night or the ascent with an overnight stay. Clearly, during the day the ascent is easier, as it will only be necessary to carry the necessary material for the challenging hike. However, during the night, it is possible to end the adventure by enjoying the sunrise at the highest point in Portugal. If an overnight stay is an option, it is possible to set up a tent at the campsite located in the Pico Mountain crater.
the tour can be done with a GPS locator, as well as visitors can have access to
information about weather changes. The place at night tends to be cold, so it
is advisable to take warm clothes if the ascent is made during the night.
Tasting volcanic wines
Everyone knows that
the Azorean soil is mostly volcanic, but that some of the country's most
characteristic wines are produced on Pico Island, few people know. Volcanic
soil is usually more fertile and conducive to certain crops. On Pico Island,
wine production is extensive and highly appreciated.
Usually, the vineyards are located on small plots, divided by stone walls, which contrast with the natural colours of the vines, as well as protect the plantations from imminent storms.
Wine from Pico Island
has been produced since the 15th century and the landscape of the production
area, in the municipality of Madalena, has been considered a UNESCO World
Heritage Site since 2004. To appreciate the wine and the landscapes, you can
book trips between the vineyards, or even book a wine tasting at one of the
wine cellars that offer this type of service. In addition, there is the Wine Museum, a place where you can learn about the entire history of wine on Pico Island,
as well as its impact on the economy of Azorean Island.
Discover the Gruta das Torres
Gruta das Torres, with
five kilometres, is the largest lava cave in Portugal and can be visited,
preferably with a certified guide, who knows all the points of natural wonder.
Possibly, the cave was formed more than a millennium ago, after a volcanic
eruption. Gruta das Torres crosses the towns of Cabeço Bravo and Criação Velha,
a place where you can see various remnants of natural phenomena such as lava
stalactites and stalagmites.
Drive on the longest straight in the Azores
It is on the island of
Pico that the longest straight in the Azores is found, the regional road Nº
3-2ª with a total of 23 kilometres of road, with a view of Pico Mountain. The
road has the particularity of being longer than some islands in the Azorean
archipelago, but like on other islands, drivers must be careful when driving,
as there is always the possibility of some cows crossing the road. This road
leads to one of the most beautiful lakes on the island, Lagoa do Capitão.
The peaceful Lagoa do Capitão
Located in São Roque,
826 meters above sea level, Lagoa do Capitão offers a panoramic view over Pico
and to São Jorge Island. On site, visitors will be able to come across Azorean
cows, as well as spot various birds and aquatic species.
In addition to access
being made by car, along the longest straight road in the Azores, access can be
made on foot, by walking along the PR13PIC trail.
A place not to be missed
Pico Island will
certainly be a place to visit by all those who enjoy the peaceful Azorean air.
It will undoubtedly be a trip full of adventures, with many things to discover
and fondly remember.
Deeply in love with music and with a guilty pleasure in criminal cases, Bruno G. Santos decided to study Journalism and Communication, hoping to combine both passions into writing. The journalist is also a passionate traveller who likes to write about other cultures and discover the various hidden gems from Portugal and the world. Press card: 8463.