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The history of Pico is strongly associated with the hunting of whale, secular tradition in the island. Its waters drew fishermen from other areas, between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The end of the activity happened in 1987 when the last whale was captured in Azorean waters. Now the entire story is told in museums, or by the voices of the people who live there.

There are three museums that should be visited in the Pico Island. Each, in different councils, they are an excellent way to learn more about the history and the unique cultural heritage of this island. In the area of Madalena is the Wine Museum, where you can find the history of wine culture of the island. In São Roque you will encounter the Whaling Industry Museum, with the secrets of a factory that in earlier days was a key to the survival of the islanders. In the past whale hunting was a crucial and striking activity for those who lived there. Of course this led to the production and trade of handicraft products, which are now worldwide recognized. Therefore in the area of Lajes you will find the third museum to visit: the Whaling Museum, which depicts the tradition of whaling. Incidentally, this is a culture that remains very much alive. In August they celebrate the Week of the Whalers, in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes, the patron saint of these hunters. Delight yourself in Lajes with stunning views in the Fort of Santa Catarina, dating from the eighteenth century or the Franciscan Convent of the XVII / XVIII century. This is also a council marked by important winery. In its volcanic soils was produced the famous “Verdelho” wine, much appreciated in many countries such as England, America and Russia.

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