Ilha do pico - açores

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Index

Introduction _____________________________________ page 2

The Azores _____________________________________ page 3

Pico Island _____________________________________ page 4, 5

Festivities and Gastronomy ________________________ page 6

Must see_______________________________________ page 7

What to do at Pico _______________________________ page 8, 9

Conclusion_____________________________________ page 10

Bibliographical References ________________________ page 11.

Introduction

The theme we choose to present is the Pico Island.

We chose this island because all of us already experience wonderful vacations in Pico and we spent the most relaxing days ever.
It´s an island with breathtaking views and cosy villages, this island is unsurpassed in it´s naturalbeauty.
We are proud to present to all our classmates this amazing island and it´s culture.

The Azores

The Azores is an archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean and is formed by nine islands. There areas vary from 17 km2 (Corvo) to 747 km2 (S. Miguel).
The archipelago has an area of approximately 2,333 km2 forming three island groups: the Eastern group which includes Santa Mariaand São Miguel; the central group with Terceira, Graciosa, S. Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western group including Flores and Corvo.

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The population of the Azores is less than 300,000 people

Pico Island

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Pico, the second largest island in the Azores Islands, is located west of mainland Portugal; here is the highest point of the Portuguese territory, the peak of Pico with2351 meters of altitude. The island has an area 447 km2, 42 km long and 15.2 km at its widest point.

Inhabited by 20,000 people, this island is unique in its habitat, particularly in its caves, lakes, seaports and natural pools. The climb to the mountain is the greatest of all attractions. There you can see the top of São Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, Flores and Corvo.

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The discovery ofthis island is not known, however, its settlement began around 1480 with the Portuguese from the north of Portugal.
The first village on the island was Lajes, followed by the village of São Roque in 1542. Their livelihood was in the cultivation of wheat, pastel and the cultivation of vineyards.

Early on the island of Pico has established itself as an important local trade for its port whichconnects to Faial and where commerce took place with the outside. Also as a wine producer, as it is of immense local vineyards and wine producing area.

Also the presence of American whalers in the waters of the Azores, by the end of the XVIIIth century, introduces a new activity on the island (Whaling), which can still be remembered at the Whaling Museum.
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Pico, the mountainisland, full of many shades of green covering the hills and valleys, and only allows freedom to his mountain which is the highest point of the Azores and the Mainland.

The villages of Pico have a character of their own; they are marked by the unique houses built of black lava stones.

Pico is a small world built for centuries by whalers, farmers and fishermen, with breathtaking panoramicviews and cozy villages overlooking the sea.
Lajes, São Roque and Madalena are three villages where time has left secular examples of art and history.
American whalers came to Pico to hunt whales. Then began the whaling from the island in small boats pulled by oars.

Today Pico recovers the whaling tradition, in both museums that shows the history and show the delicate artwork made by sailorswith the teeth and bones of sperm whales (ivory).
Festivities

The feast of São Roque do Pico takes place in the last week of June with music performances, cultural activities, exhibitions, etc.. that attract thousands of visitors to this village of immigrants and outsiders from other islands.

The Whalers Festivals (Festa dos Baleeiros), at Lajes is on the last week of August, in honor of Our...
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