All posts tagged: mountain

Pico, the magic mountain

pico is the youngest island of the archipelago and, of course, its youth reveals an explosion of uniqueness nature in the middle of nowhere. a perfect communion between the dark and naked basalt, the vineyards in the rocks, and the peaceful and lively blue of the atlantic. nothing is simple here; its an island of hard and lonely workers and was the set of brave fishermen that for years feared the whale hunting as a way to survive in the isolation of times. nonetheless, it’s a land of dreamers; a characteristic of all insular men and women growing up with the companion of a perfect horizon, trying to discover what is beyond that line. from afar up! to the magic mountain (see the full post about our trail up the mountain here) wine and lava in our blood (see the full post about pico’s landscape and its relation with wine here) from lages to são roque the belly of the giant the faithful companion (view from terra alta) crossing the channel of the triangle to stay the youth hostel …

Light your spirit, drink pico

pico winery landscape was in 2004 elevated to world heritage. it’s breathless when we are the bottom of the mountain with all that green limited by the natural vegetation and by the bold black basalt boundaries around the winery. we visited the interpretation center at lajido of santa luzia where we were very kindly received by the staff. the center is a recovered warehouse that has a permanent exhibition on pico’s wine history and traditions. by the end of the visit, a wine tasting (even if it was before 11am) proved why those are wines exported for all the world, and in times, were the czars’ best choice. not so far from there, enjoy the vineyards landscape at criação velha; at some spots the circulation is free and you can walk around and appreciate the mixture of scents from sea/earth/vineyards. it’s also mandatory to explore the museum of wine at madalena. the place is somehow magic by its localization and local history – an old carmelites property – the vineyards, the volcanic scent, the rough faial-pico channel, the endless atlantic and …

Up in the air

be amazed, there’s more beyond infinity… when we started this journey, none of us could imagine what to expect. we already had seen photos and read stories from other travelers going up the highest mountain in portugal – the pico island – but, we guess that there always a sense of unreality until we experience it. a fearless 4-hour expedition through a harsh and paradoxical beautiful trail until we got to the top of the mountain.  pico going small at our bottom and the faithful faial as a companion minimized our breathless and fatigued body. at the top of the mountain, a moon-like crater. but then, we look up and there’s more. a little summit – the real challenge, but it deserves the last effort. from there the view is unimaginable. surrounded by clouds, playing hide and seek with us, we stayed amazed with the never-ending atlantic and the rest of central groups islands by our foot. the incomprehensible feeling of fullness and abundance it’s not enough to describe what we felt. going down is worse …