Lajes do Pico

Lajes do Pico - Azores

Lajes do Pico

Longitude: 28º 15’ 06”W

Latitude: 38º 23’ 47”N

Lajes do Pico, on the southern part of Pico Island in the Azores, is an historic town that was once the centre of the Island’s busy whaling community.

The whaling boats of yesteryear have gone now however and been replaced instead by the less violent enterprise of whale and dolphin watching boats. The serene peacefulness of the port stands in stark contrast with the site’s past yet Lajes do Pico is still proud of the industry it once had and this can be seen in the local handicraft made of whale bone and whale tooth. The inhabitants of the island are keen to keep their past alive and one can get a glimpse of the whaling toil and labour by visiting the Whaler’s Museum or the Centre for Arts and Sea Sciences (known previously as the Whale Factory).

Pico forms one part of the “Triangle Islands” with Faial and S. Jorge – both of which are within 11 miles of the port offering the perfect base from which to explore the differing landscapes and traditions of each Island. Pico, known as the ‘Black Island’ for its volcanic rocks and formations, is the youngest of the archipelago and the magnificently imposing Pico Mountain – Portugal’s highest peak – dominates the landscape offering a unique treasure for mountain climbers and a true barometer for sailors.