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Sightseeing in Pico Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Ilha do Pico Island is part of the Azores archipelago. It is a focus of unique natural attractions of world significance. The main symbol of the island is Mount Piko - an extinct volcano, as a result of whose activity the island appeared. The unique nature of the island is not the only feature of Pico. The diversity of fauna on the island and its coastal waters are amazing. One of the most favourite entertainment for guests of Pico is dolphins and whales watching. The most fortunate travellers can see rare species of cachalots. Relatively small in size, the island offers every assistance for a diverse and interesting holiday.
Pico Island will please active children who are ready to try something new with their parents every day. There are a lot of quite interesting architectural attractions that will definitely … Open
Ancient churches and chapels seen in all major cities, are the main architectural monuments of Ilha do Pico. In the picturesque town of Madalena you can see Santa Maria Madalena old church, which managed to survive until today in its original form. In the city of San Roque there are two important historical sights - São Roque Church and a mysterious monastery of São Pedro de Alcântra. Many exciting legends are associated with this monastery.
Fans of walks in historical places should definitely look into the city of Lajes, whose main historical object is São Pedro monastery. Nearby, is a beautiful Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church, built in full accordance with national traditions. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Pico's cuisine consists of a combination of Portuguese culinary traditions and the inventions of island chefs. In local restaurants, in addition to a variety of fish dishes, there is a wide … Open
A walk through the ancient fishing town of Lajes will be an ideal place to explore the life of indigenous population. Here, operates Baleeiros museum, which is unique in its kind. Its exposition is dedicated to the main providence of the indigenous population - whales slaughtering. Nowadays, whaling is forbidden, but a few decades ago it was the only way to livelihood for the locals. The museum tells its visitors about brave navigators, who became famous for their deeds and presents a lot of interesting historical artifacts.
Ponta do Sossego 2 (série) The extinct Pico volcano remains the main symbol of the island. Its last eruption occurred more than 300 years ago. Rise to the peak of the volcano, whose height is 2352 meters, will occur an unforgettable adventure. During an excursion, participants can admire the most diverse natural landscapes, from unique tropical forests, to deserted Martian sites. Pico Alto, the crater, also deserves special attention. It also differs by its impressive scale. The diameter of the rounded crater is about 700 meters, and its depth is more than 30 meters. Many travellers stay on top of the volcano for the night, to see dawn in this unusual place in the early morning.
Locals are good for foreigners trying to speak Portuguese, even with mistakes. However, there are many people, especially those who live or work near major beaches and tourist attractions … Open
Pico's foothills are a real well of amazing natural formations. Here, among the vast rain forests, beautiful lakes - Paúl, Capitão and Caiado took shelter. Those who wish to take photos against the background of lifeless Martian landscapes, should go to the northern coast of the island. There are several fields of solidified lava here. The most beautiful and large-scale are Mistério das Bandeiras and Mistério da Prainha plateaus. A very unusual natural formation is the frozen lava flow named Arcos do Cachorro, which is a continuous series of grottoes and tunnels. Lovers of natural attractions, should definitely take a walk along one of the natural reserves of the island. Caiado Lake is considered the most beautiful one.
Ilha do Pico is a charming small island that has become an incredibly popular beach destination. The island also has ideal conditions for scuba diving. Ilha do Pico has rich marine fauna – a large population of whales lives not far from the island. In total, more than 20 species of these fabulous animals live in this region. Travelers can see them during boat excursions, while experienced divers will be thrilled with an opportunity to dive to the sites where these animals live. Such underwater excursions are always conducted together with an experienced guide, so they are absolutely safe.
Ilha do Pico is sometimes called simply Pico. Portuguese began to settle the island in the 15th century, along with the rest of the Azores archipelago. When more settlers arrived to the … Open
Besides that, coastal waters have become home to dolphins, watching which will certainly leave many unforgettable memories. Beautiful coral reefs grow not far from Ilha do Pico. These reefs provide shelter to numerous exotic fish, squids, stingrays, jellyfish, and many other inhabitants of the deep sea. The island has many exotic and beautiful beaches. Ilha do Pico has an unusual landscape because it was formed by numerous volcano eruptions. In the northern part of the island, close to Mistério das Bandeiras, one will see large areas of petrified lava. The region close to Arcos do Cachorro has an incredibly complicated and unusual terrain.
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Sightseeing in Portugal: things to see

Interesting architectural landmarks and museums can also be found in Sintra, the main symbol of which is Palácio da Pena. The palace was built in 1939 on the ruins of a monastery and is well-known as the most romantic and elegant palace in Portugal. The palace was built in a way so it attached a remaining part of the monastery and a small chapel. The old part of the city is home to a very beautiful building - the Castelo dos Mouros (The Moors Castle), which was built 10 centuries ago. If one doesn't take into consideration massive protective walls, the building looks more like a castle from a fairy tale rather than an ancient fortress. The castle was empty for many years until it was restored in the 19th century. Nowadays, it's a very interesting open air museum. … Open
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All about Pico Island, Portugal - sightseeings, attractions, touristic spots, architecture, history, culture and cuisine. Prepare your trip together with OrangeSmile.com - find out the 'must see' things in Pico Island, which places to visit, which excursions to take, where the breathtaking views are waiting for you. Planning your trip with this travel guide will help your to get the most out of Pico Island in few days.
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