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Pico Natural Park

 

The Pico Natural Park is the largest Natural Park in the Azores, including 22 protected areas, in a land area covering about 35% of its surface, which is about 156km², which accrue approximately 79km² marine protected area.

Despite the magnitude and diversity of its geological and cultural heritage and its biodiversity, this park stand out images whose size and importance became a symbol of this archipelago: the Pico Mountain, which is not only the highest point in Portugal, as is the third largest volcano in the Atlantic Ocean; the Gruta das Torres, the largest lava tube in Portugal; the Landscape of the Culture of the Vine of Pico Island, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, which is nothing more, nothing less the highest international award that entity attributes to monuments and sites throughout the world. Are therefore many and varied national and international recognition that the Natural Park of Pico has received, as is the case of the title of one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal - the Volcanic Landscape of the Pico Island embraces the whole island and no doubt that its Natural Park provides an invaluable contribution to the attribution of this national award.

In addition to the vast natural and cultural heritage, as support and visitor facilities to this national park were worthy of national architectural awards and nominations for international awards in the expertise, for its architectural excellence and innovation, tailored to the architecture and materials of the island.

Its endemic flora and fauna include unique species in the Azores and in the world, that have to be preserved in order to guarantee the balance of natural habitats, and the identity of the island itself.

It is with this objective of management and sustainability that the Pico's Natural Park invites you to know the richness of its natural and cultural heritage.

 

Pico Natural Park was created by the Regional Legislative Decree nº 20/2008/A, of July 9.