Volcanos and Vines
Location: Ilha do Pico
On a clear day in Ilha do Pico, we can spot the peak of the island’s 2,351 metre high volcano, Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain. Known asIlha Preta (“Black island”), this landscape is famed for the rich, dark volcanic soil that is crucial to the famed Ilha wines produced in UNESCO-designated historical vineyards.
The landscape here is a sublime mixture of lava rock and exotic vegetation, making Pico ideal for hiking, walking and bird watching. Reminders of the island´s dependence on wine making and whale hunting are found throughout the landscape.
Vila da Madalena, on thewest coast, is Ilha´s hub with a population of around 6,000, and boasts an impressive 17th Century church: Santa Maria Madalena.
Join the expedition team for an excursion to explore the island. One of our optional tours will take you to the UNESCO-listed Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture, with a remarkable story of innovation and creativity as the wine growers here adapted to overcome this remote and challenging environment.