Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
The Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. In the classified area, you can see various walls that run parallel and perpendicular to the coastline. Vineyards are planted in black lava grounds.
Museu dos Baleeiros
Located at the old warehouses of the whaling boats, the museum opened in 1988 and portrays whaling which prospered on the island from the nineteenth century up until the 1980s.
Maritime and Naval Construction Museum
This museum is located in the parish of Santo Amaro and showcases several miniature boats.
Madalena Bathing Area
Bathing area commonly known as Areia Funda, it is one of the most sought after areas during the summer, and it is quite pleasant because you swim in the open sea.
Gruta das Torres
At five km, it is one of the longest lava tubes in the world and has been classified as a regional natural monument.
Adega A Buraca
Empreendimento de enoturismo com espaço museológico, visita guiada e provas gastronómicas.
Ponta da Ilha Lighthouse
This lighthouse located in Manhenha was built in 1946. It is not a typical lighthouse, and its U shape allows it to have a tower in the middle.
Holy Trinity Church
Church located in the parish of Lajes do Pico dating back to the nineteenth century.
Sea Art and Science Centre
The Sea Art and Science Centre was opened in 2008 and is located in the old whaling factory. You can see on display diverse industrial equipment that were used to transform cetaceans in oil and flour.
Reserva Florestal de Recreio de Santa Luzia
Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Mistério de São João
Reserva Florestal de Recreio da Quinta das Rosas
This farm features several types of flora that give it an invaluable beauty. It also has a religious component, since it hosts a chapel with a statue of Queen Saint Elizabeth of Portugal.
Reserva Florestal de Recreio da Prainha
Localizado no Mistério da Prainha, apresenta dimensões bastante significativas. Está dividido em várias partes: miradouro, zona de merendas, zona de diversões, campo polidesportivo e zona de acampamento. O Parque Florestal da Prainha oferece grandes zonas de flora endémica.
Santa Catarina Fort
Fort built in 1972, it is the island’s only example of military architecture, hosting inside the Municipal Tourism Office and the Tourism Kiosk.
Santa Maria Madalena Church
Church located in the municipality of Madalena do Pico which stands out for its beautiful tiles.
São Pedro de Alcântara Convent
Classified as a public interest building, this convent dates back to the seventeenth century. It currently hosts a youth hostel.
são Pedro Chapel
Oldest religious building of the municipality of Lajes do Pico that belonged to the Franciscan religious order.
Matriz de São Roque Church
Church whose construction was allegedly ordered by King John V, it is entirely decorated with gold carvings and is an example of baroque architecture.
São Francisco Convent and Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church
Building where the town hall, the police station and the tax service are currently located. It was a Franciscan convent in bygone times.
Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre
The Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre (CVGT) is an example of sustainable use of a natural resource for entertainment purposes as well as environmental awareness. The Gruta das Torres is the biggest lava tube in Portugal, with a length of 5150 m, and it’s a part of the formation of Lajidos - Gruta das Torres, inserted in the Mountain Volcanic Complex. It is estimated that it was formed about 1500 years ago during an eruption originated in Cabeço Bravo.
In 2006, it was a finalist of the Portuguese selection commission of the V Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. It was nominated in 2007 for the Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2009, it won the first place in Tektónica National Award of the Architects Order.
The visit is absolutely an innovation in Portugal, following a cavity that allows the good conservation of the cave, over a length of 450 m and the approximate duration of 1h. For this expedition, there are provided the necessary equipment to meet the cave in its natural state and to observe various types of lavas and several geological formations, of which stands out the different types of stalactites and stalagmites lava, side benches, lava balls, ridged walls and ropy lavas.
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre
The Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre (CIPCVIP) is a building of noble characteristics, located in one of the most peculiar cores of the Protected Landscape of the Vineyard Culture - Lajido de Santa Luzia, and is the starting point to understand this cultural heritage, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004.
In this area, visitors can watch a short documentary about the Vineyard Culture Landscape and learn about the values that comprise it.
There is also available a guided visit to the vineyard and fig tree "plots", to the inside of a warehouse and a traditional distillery, still in operation, as well as a tour to the core of the Lajido to understand how the building is closely associated with the vineyard and fig tree culture. Along the tour, stands out the visit to the lava fields, locally called "lajidos", where you see, in this rocky floor, interesting small ledges made by the passage of lava flows, and where there are now several species of endemic flora.
Pico is the second largest island of the Azores, with 444.9 sq. km and with an elongated shape thanks to its 42 km of length and 15.2 km at its maximum width. It is dominated by the Volcano of Pico on its western half, it is 6 km away from the neighboring island of Faial and is populated by 14.148 inhabitants (census 2011). It is the most southerly island of the Central Group of the Azores Archipelago and part of the “triangle islands.” The highest point of the island, at 2350 m altitude, is also the highest point of Portugal, located at 28°23’58’’ longitude west and 38°28’07’’ latitude north.