Ferries to Pico
10 Ferry crossings from 8 Ports
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Open tickets are valid for up to 12 months from booking date (see ticket conditions).

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Ferries to Pico

Pico lies in the heart of the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic and is nicknamed the ‘Mountain Island’ due to its imposing volcano, the highest in Portugal.

As you would expect, then, Pico provides the perfect setting for challenging hikes and scenic walks. Reaching the mountain’s summit offers sublime panoramic views, whilst the Achada Plateau to the east has a fascinating 30 km-long ridge and 200 volcanic cones with bogs, ponds and lakes.

Also, be sure to explore the Gruta das Torres in the west, the longest lava tube in Europe with an estimated length of over 3 miles.

Although lacking beaches, the coastline is dotted with the most beautiful natural swimming pools in the archipelago which are ideal for relaxing in after a long hike. The finest pools can be found in Sao Prainha, Sao Roque, Santo Antonio and Madelena, so there’s plenty to choose from.

As well as exploring the landscape, keep a keen eye on the surrounding waters, as Pico has long been a great destination for whale and dolphin watching. Those looking for some more white-knuckled fun will be glad to hear the Azores are regarded as one of the best places in the world to dive with sharks, namely blue and shortfin mako.

For a more tranquil afternoon, organise a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed vineyard and the fascinating wineries to learn about how the volcanic soil helps create internationally acclaimed whites and reds.

Like every island in the Azores, Pico has a rich festival culture, most notably the celebration of the patron saint, Maria Madalena which includes various sporting and cultural activities during July. If visiting in September, don’t miss the Festas da Vindima, a grape-picking festival involving a series of interesting dances about wine production.

You can sail to the port of Sao Roque on Pico’s north central coast from the Azores Islands of Faial, Flores, Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Santa Maria, with a few crossings provided each week.

Pico reviews

  • "Good :)"

    Everything went well and was really uncomplicated. The only critics I might have is that in the confirmation email it said I had to pick up the tickets at least one hour before departure - which was in this case just too much time.

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  • "Reliable and efficient service"

    Good overall service all round, dealing with hundreds of passengers and baggage easily

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  • "Booking Atlanticoline with Direct Ferries"

    Booking with Direct Ferries resulted in major issues which we have had to rectify while on holiday. The Direct Ferries website failed to include a car on the selected ferry crossing. When I contacted Direct Ferries to request that a car be included, I was informed that they would address this within the next 24 hours. I did not hear from Direct Ferries until one week later, shortly before our departure for the Azores, to inform me, as I was already aware, that a car was not included in the booking 2. When I attempted to rearrange the booking, once on the Azores, it transpired that Direct Ferried, despite confirming the booking for the 7th August, had in fact booked the outgoing journey for the 22nd July. Since this date had now passed I had to forfeit the cost of this booking and rebook for the correct date. I was fortunate to be able to include a vehicle in this booking but had to rearrange to a 7.30am crossing which was far from convenient. I will be raising these issues with Direct Ferries on my return to the UK. My advice to other travellers in the Azores would be to book directly with Atlanticoline who proved to be very efficient and helpful while trying to rectify the problems, and on our first crossing the service was excellent

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  • "Excellent crossing "

    Perfect way to cross from Faial to Pico. Website needs to be clearer about time needed to check in - we arrived an hour early as advised which was unnecessary.

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