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Pico

Pico is like entering a miniature world built up over centuries by whalers, farmers and fishermen. It is a place of many contrasts, from the slopes of old volcanoes, the taste of fresh sweet figs and grapes to the enchanting panoramic views and snug villages overlooking the sea. The mountain seems to rise up from the sea and touch the sky. In fact it is the highest mountain in the whole of Portugal (2351m). They say, Pico itself is part of the central group of islands that make up the lost Atlantis. History After cattle had been introduced to Pico in the first half of the 15th century settlement begun with the arrival of natives from northern Portugal. It soon had its first town in the form of Lajes, followed by São Roque in 1542. The population initially concentrated on the growing of wheat and, to a limited extent, of woad, a dye-yielding plant exported to Flanders. These activities were soon joined by wine-growing and fishing. For centuries, however, the island lived practically at the margin of history. The presence of American whalers in the waters of the Azores from the end of the 18th century introduced a new activity in Pico - cachalot hunting which for years represented an important source of wealth for the island. Nowadays Pico is an island that is experiencing economic progress, made possible by the building of new ports and the airport, which was recently opened.


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Best Boutique & Romantic Hotels in Pico, Azores, Portugal

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Adegas do Pico

Adegas do Pico

Authentic environment Natural beauty Panoramic views

What are Adegas?
In Portugal, “adegas” are small houses offering peace and tranquility that have been restored by local craftsmen, keeping...

Aldeia da Fonte

Aldeia da Fonte

Fine cuisine Great for kids Natural beauty

This wonderful hotel is set dramatically on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean and at the foot of the spectacular Mount Pico volcano.
Surroun...

Casa da Atafona

Casa da Atafona

Great for kids Natural beauty Panoramic views

Built in the regional lava stone of Pico, the Casa da Atafona is nothing if not sturdy and hard working.
In fact, this century old house was o...

Casa da Nogueira

Casa da Nogueira

Natural beauty Panoramic views Simple pleasures

This small traditional house is right next to the Casa do Chorão. With its perfect location in the north of the Pico island, directly near the cli...

Casa da Terralta

Casa da Terralta

Authentic environment Fine cuisine Great for kids
That the Azores are one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe is no longer a secret. But that Casa da Terralta is an equally beautiful and...
Casa do Chorão

Casa do Chorão

Natural beauty Panoramic views Simple pleasures

The small traditional holiday house, located near the north coast of the island and the cliffs, offers an amazing view on the sea and on the island...

L'Escale de l'Atlantique

L'Escale de l'Atlantique

Easygoing Natural beauty Panoramic views

L’Escale de l’Atlantic is a splendid countryside hotel on the extreme eastern part of the island of Pico and provides an excellent view of the i...

Pocinho Bay

Pocinho Bay

Natural beauty Panoramic views Secluded

Come and get your own slice of heaven right here, for if ever there was an enchanted place surely this is it.
Located right in the heart of a ...

The Art of Escape

The Art of Escape

Natural beauty Panoramic views Value for money

Situated on the south coast of the island, waterfront and with privileged views to the volcano of Pico, this magnificent lodging is… How should w...

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