Pico

Pico is an island in Azores.

The village of Madalena at the western base of Mount Pico
A traditional windmill at the coast
UNESCO listed Pico vineyards

Understand

Three main settlements on the island are Madalena, São Roque do Pico and Lajes do Pico.

Get in

By plane

Pico airport (IATA: PIX), with direct flights from Lisbon, Ponta Delgada and Terceira.

See

Do

Be sure to visit the largest public outdoor man-made salt water pool; it's a fantastic place to relax and cool off in the Summer. The pool is deep enough for diving, as well as swimming laps. If you're swimming skills are below average, stay away from the middle, as the size is quite large.

At Pico Island you can climb the mountain, 2351 meters above sea level. It is the tallest mountain in Portugal. Ideally you climb the mountain in the afternoon so you can see the sunset when you are in the top. Normally it takes 2 to 3 hours to climb. More if you are not fit. Then in the morning to see the sunrise you climb a little mountain that is called Pico Pequenino (Little Pico) that the mountain has on the top. From there you can see the islands of Faial and São Jorge perfectly.

Buy

There are two CompreBem supermarkets in this town. They both offer cheap prices for good food, colorful produce, a variety of canned goods, and an assortment of household items from fly swatters to televisions.

There is also a local shop run by a Chinese family that sells inexpensive items of almost every variety from electronics to socks. Clothing is mainly imported, and as a result, expensive.

Eat

There are many cafes in the area and all of them offer good food for reasonable prices. Variety of food is limited mainly to bread, cheese, and beef. Vegetarians may have some trouble having a balanced meal. Even the local soups will most likely have meat or meat broth as an ingredient. If you're a vegan, be prepared for starvation.

Budget

Prices for food are very reasonable.

Drink

The local cafes usually double as the local bars. Beer here is cheaper than bottled water, at about .50 cents U.S a bottle.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Stay safe

Towns in Pico are very safe. Crime is very low and violence is almost non-existent. However, be VERY aware when crossing the streets; people on this island tend to drive a bit crazy. You will frequently see cars driving at freeway speeds on cobble stone roads. Also, it's not surprising to see cars parked in the middle of a road and blocking traffic. The driving laws are loose at best.

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