A short drive will take you to Gruta das Torres, Portugal’s largest lava tunnel with a length of 5,150 metres, and a maximum height of 15 metres.
It was probably formed about 1,500 years ago during an eruption and its interior is rich in geological formations characteristic of volcanic caves, such as various types of lavas; different types of stalactites and stalagmites, side benches, lava balls, ridged walls and ropy lavas.
The visitor centre is located near `Algar da Ponte' and before the visit to the cave, a presentation of the geological phenomena is given, along with safety instructions. Then you descend into the underground, following a cavity over a length of 450 metres.
The cave has been preserved in its original state. Be aware there are steep stairs and uneven surfaces and with no natural or artificial lights. Helmets and flashlights will be provided.
Another short transfer and you’ll arrive at Criação Velha, where you will enjoy a 30-minute walk along the emblematic vineyards of the island. Pico was once famous for its fortified Verdelho wine, and today new methods of cultivation and production are once again making table wine on the island.
Originally, the vines were grown in small stonewall enclosures to protect the plants from salt wind and to gain extra heat. These constructions are an extraordinary memorial to the tenacity and hard work of the settlers. The areas is so impressive that, in 2002, UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site.
After the visit, transport back to the pier.
• Level: 2
• Included: Transportation, cave guide, helmets and flashlights.
• Remarks/requirements: Comfortable walking shoes. Guests need to be sure-footed.
• Walking information: Walking at Criação Velha approx. 45m + Cave 1h-1h 30m
Steep stairs, uneven and slippery.
Total driving time approx. 45m
• Wheelchair accessible: No
• Maximum participants: 38