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Welcome to Pico


The resort island of Pico is dominated by its volcano of the same name, rising from the middle of the landscape and towering 7,720ft (2,351m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in Portugal and an interesting holiday destination. A single road, following the rugged coastline, encircles the island. It is possible to climb the volcano to the peak but the climb is arduous and should not be attempted by amateurs. Pico's other main claim to fame is as a jumping-off point for whale-watching expeditions, offered by local boatmen. In the island's vineyards the famous 'verdehlo' wine grapes are grown. In the town of Lajes there is a whale-hunting museum, and at Sao Roche is a museum depicting the operation of a whaling factory.

Information & Facts

Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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