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Pico Travel Guide

Pico
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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.