Located in the North Atlantic, between the European and the American Continents, distancing 1,600 km from mainland Europe (Portugal) and 2,454 km from the North American continent (Canada), the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are a world apart.
Between the Sky and the Earth.
Between the Sea and the Mountain.
The Central Group Archipelago
The islands of Terceira, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Faial and Pico are set harmoniously in the deep blue sea, where whales and dolphins can be spotted, to the delight of visitors. Right in front is the island of Pico with its mountain that emerges from the sea, with vineyards planted in black lava fields, a culture so unique it was awarded World Heritage status in 2004.
Mother Nature has created a land full of natural beauty, ready to be explored, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. Vivid green meadows and pastures, black lava fields, volcanic landscape, bubbling thermal waters, pockets of dense steam, turquoise-toned lagoons and bottle-green lakes, cultural landscape vineyards, and a truly unique fauna and flora.
A Hidden Treasure
“Pico is the most beautiful,
the most extraordinary island of
the Azores; a unique beauty, of an admirable
colour and with a strange power of attraction.
It is more than an island - it is a statue erected
up to the sky and shaped by fire."
Raul Brandão , The Unknown Islands
Even though called the grey or black island, due to its volcanic soil, Pico is an island rich in colours and textures, from the green pastures and slopes to the vivid colours of its architectural features, to the rich flora and fauna to the always varying textures of its omnipresent volcanic rock, it is a joy to discover and explore.