Go whale and dolphin watching off the coast of Portugal’s Pico Island. We may see blue whales, fin whales, and sei whales, among many other species!
A DAY AT PICO VINEYARDS
- Adults 13+ years old
- Children 6-12 years old
Learn more about the culture and wine of Pico Island
The history of wine on the island of Pico goes back to the 15th century, the time of the first settlers. Since then, an impressive network of dry lava stone walls has been created, and vines grow in between.
We invite you to discover the evidences of the golden wine age.
Starting our tour in Lajes do Pico, we will head along the South Coast in the direction of Madalena. During a first stop in São Mateus, we will start to have an idea about the extension of vineyards (this wine was once exported to nearly the whole world!), but also an idea of how the wine production has changed over the years.
Continuing along the coastline, we will discover built centers of adegas, that nowadays seem abandoned. The little lava stone houses are only used as weekend houses or for the production of the local table wine, that still nearly every inhabitant produces for their own personal consumption.
In the protected landscape of vineyards, we will find tidal wells, distilleries, wine presses, ancient warehouses, “Rola-pipas” (stone ramps), “relheiras” (marks caused by the constant passage of oxcarts), and manor houses.
Finally, we will reach the vineyards of Criação Velha, the heart of the UNESCO Heritage site. Having a stroll through the area, it becomes clear why Pico’s wine is so different and unique in the world.
In the nearby wine cooperative, we will have the opportunity to taste the wine. Then, it is time to return to Lajes do Pico.
- Pick up & drop off in Lajes do Pico
- Certified guide of Pico Natural Park
- Wine tasting in the local wine cooperative
- Insurance (personal accident & liability)
- comfortable clothes and shoes
- waterproof jacket
- hat, sunscreen
- water and snacks
This is an extra service that needs confirmation. If you include it in your reservation, we will contact you within a maximum period of 24 hours.
Below we present the price list per person for Pickup and Drop off by zone of the island (and respective parishes covered):
• Zone 1 (Madalena) – Free
• Zone 2 (Bandeiras, Candelária, Criação Velha, São Caetano, São Mateus, Santa Luzia, Santo António and São Roque do Pico) – 10 €
• Zone 3 (Lajes do Pico, São João, Prainha and Santo Amaro) – 20 €
• Zone 4 (Calheta de Nesquim, Piedade, Ribeiras, Ribeirinha) – 30 €
Select the area where you want us to make the pickup and tell us the exact address on the final page of your reservation.