All posts tagged: pico

Tea time

cozy tea house by horta’s hill, CASA. enjoy the surroundings and the city view (and, of course, the majestic pico) inside you have a great collection of tea perfect for a wintery day or a cloudy classic azorean day. one of the nights there, we had the opportunity to listen to a show by medeiros/lucas, a great portuguese pair with azorean roots. check on them, please.  

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 …

Casa Âncora

in são roque do pico, we had a great gastronomic surprise. casa âncora, by the hand of the chef timur abuziarov, is a modern restaurant using fresh produce from local fishermen and farmers. amazing how the chef managed to seize the azorean flavor in a unique and creative way. a must to do on the island, with the restaurant and lounge just by the sea. perfect at sunset.

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 …

Cella Bar

across the canal, at madalena, a huge sperm whale lies in the rocks, resting for many past miles in the atlantic and contemplating the horizon line intersected by faial, islanders and boats loaded with dreams of other times. cella bar, winner of 2016 hospitality architecture award, combines the pico’s tradition on whale watching, long days in the sea capturing whales on small boats and the dark basalt landscape on an exquisite design bar/restaurant. nice flavors with some unusual twists of local food and contemporary tendencies and nice local wines. for sure, a place to visit when on the island.