Molded by fire and fury, Pico is the loveliest, the most extraordinary island of the Azores. It is possessed of a singular and awesome beauty. It attracts us magnetically. It is so much more than a mere island. It is a statue that reaches up to the sky. There is something heavenly about it.
Raul Brandão

Pico is the largest island of the central group, and the second largest in the archipelago. It’s name Pico (which means Peak) due to the mountain which covers most of the island. The island was discovered about the middle of the XV century when the first sailors arrived at the island of Fail, which is only about 4.5 miles away.

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