Around 1,500 kilometers from Portugal's mainland, the nine Azores islands rise from the deep blue Atlantic as the peaks of huge underwater volcanoes. Several small airports and regular ferry connections make island hopping between the green islands particularly attractive and uncomplicated. So you can discover not only Ponta Delgada and the main island São Miguel in one vacation week, but also the neighboring islands Faial and Pico.
Pico Mountain, the highest point in all of Portugal, towers over the island of the same name and is already clearly visible from the hotel in Horta on Faial. The ferry takes about 30 minutes from the island of Faial to the island of Pico. Pico is known for its black lava fields and is with "only" 300'000 years the youngest island of the Azores.
Unique rock formations on Pico
Since the island is very young, there are no sandy beaches on Pico, but only rocky coasts. In Lajido and Cachorro, visitors can discover particularly spectacular lava rock formations. Along the bizarrely shaped coastline, there are also short observation paths. On the outskirts of Cachorro, with a little imagination, one can also discover a lava formation that looks like a dog.