Day Trip to Pico, the Mountain Island
Dominating the view out to sea from Horta, the island of Pico is just a short, 30-minute ferry ride away. Home to Mt. Pico, the highest peak in Portugal, Pico offers breathtaking landscapes, dark black basalt cliffs, lava flows, and historic vineyards. On this full-day tour, you will learn how grapes are grown in ancient lava flows, stop at viewpoints along the dramatic coastline, and see the endemic flora in the laurel forest. After lunch in one of the island’s small towns, the tour continues in Lajes, visiting the Museu dos Baleeiros (the whaling museum). At the day's end, return to Faial by ferry, enjoying the late afternoon sun on the ocean.