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Azores Travel - Pico Island

Pico Island, is an island in the Central Group of the Portuguese Azores. The landscape features an eponymous volcano, Ponta do Pico, which is the highest mountain in Portugal, the Azores, and the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the tradition of the Portuguese poet, Raul Brandão, Pico is referred to as the Ilha Preta ("Black Island"), for its black volcanic earth, responsible for its UNESCO-designated historical vineyards that allowed the development of the island.

It owes its name to a majestic volcanic mountain, the Peak Mountain, which culminates in a pronounced peak, the Peak or Peak. This is the highest mountain in Portugal and the third largest mountain that emerges from the Atlantic, reaching 2,351 meters above sea level. Administratively, the island is made up of three counties: Lajes do Pico and Madalena, both with six parishes, and São Roque do Pico, with five parishes. It has, between the parishes of Santa Luzia and Bandeiras, a modern regional airport with direct air connections with Lisbon (SATA Internacional), Terceira (Lajes) and Ponta Delgada (SATA Air Azores). It has daily sea connections (Transmaçor) with the city of Horta and the villages of Velas and Calheta. During the summer months it enjoys maritime connections with the remaining islands of the archipelago.