Pico – the island in the middle of the Atlantic
Abundant vineyards, green meadows, rough coasts and deep blue sea. Four seasons in one day, cordial people and endless nature beyond words invite you. A 2,351 meter volcanic peak, 45,000 cows and 15,000 inhabitants. This is the island of Pico in the microcosm of the Azores.
Pico is one of nine islands in the Azores which belong to Macaronesia. This collection of archipelagos does not lay in the South Seas as the name might suggest but in the Mid-Atlantic. The German botanist A. Engler marked this name for the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands due to their similar flora. The name has its origins in Greek (makaros, nesios) and means “the blissful islands”.
Portuguese, partly with local dialect Açoriano.
Climate and best travel time
The climate at the Azores is mild all-the-year and rarely reaches extremely high temperatures in the summer months. The best travel time is between June and October. At which time of the year particular animals can be observed is mentioned in the particular programmes.
Please read up on currently valid entry regulations to Portugal as well as on general travel, security and medical instructions at your responsible Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
United Kingdom: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. You can stay in Portugal as a tourist for up to three months.
United States of America: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/Portugal.html
The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Two blank passport pages are minimum. There is no tourist visa required for stays under 90 days.
Honorary British Consulate of United Kingdom:
Honorary British Consulate of United Kingdom:
Rua Domingos Rebelo, 43A
9500-234 Ponta Delgada, Azores
Phone: +351 296 628175
U.S. Consulate Ponta Delgada:
Avenida Príncipe do Mónaco No, 6-2 F
9500-237 Ponta Delgada, Azores
Phone: +351 296 282216
Emergency phone: +351 296 282216 (listen for the duty officer’s cell phone number)
No compulsory vaccinations are required when entering Portugal. There is one exception: Travellers who enter Portugal within the last six days after a stay in a region which has been declared as yellow fever infected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and who are older than one year have to present a vaccination certificate against yellow fever. You can find a list of the infected areas at www.who.int.
You can arrive at Pico by ferry from the islands Faial or São Jorge or by airplane.
From European mainland you fly with TAP and Sata Airways to Pico (airport code PIX) or to Horta (airport code HOR) at the island of Faial. Alternatively Air Berlin offers flights to Ponta Delgada (airport code PDL) at the island of São Miguel or Terceira (airport code TER). From there you continue with SATA to Pico or Faial. Once a week TUI Airlines Nederland flies directly to Pico.
As almost all flight connections require a connection flight from Lisbon, we recommend a stopover in the beautiful capital of Portugal. As a lot of flights from Europe start early in the morning, it is recommended to drive to the airport by car and to leave the car there. Here you can find a useful link: www.Park-sleep-fly.net
Our partner agency in Berlin will be happy to assist you with the flight bookings: Reisestudio Lippelt, phone number +49 (0)30 32 79 430.
Photographer credits: Karl Finkbeiner, Elke Herman, Frank Hensel, Ben Schiling, Frank Wirth and many more.Top
Mako sharks and happy divers
Pico Sport have finished the first 4 weeks of the sharks season. In this time we had some VIP visitors doing the shark diving with us. Some of Europe´s best underwater photographers joined us in a special trip.
Nuno Sa, Franco Banfi, Gerard Soury, Jordi Chias and Hugo Marques joined our team to approve the quality of shark diving in the waters of Pico and Faial.
Here a Mako shoot of gerard Soury, France.
Mobula snorkeling with Pico Sport
The Mobula season at Pico is excellent. Snorkeling with up to 45 animals….
Whale Watching in Patagonia
It was already time to return to the port when this young southern right whale started to breach, waving good bye to us on our last departure at Peninsula Valdez. 8 great days are behind us with endless encounters with whales, as close and impressive as it can be. Nicole Rauch from Switzerland took this picture.
In 2013 we start our next trip with the right whales on October 13th. Ask for information and check
or send an e mail to
Blue whale season 2013
The Bluewhales are around Pico again on their migration in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Pico Sport boats are out if the weather allows to observe the largest animal that ever lived on earth.
There is still time until the end of May to join us at Pico. Just send us you request and we will make it happen for you.