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LAJES DO PICO

Whale hunting land

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Situated in the south coast of Pico, the town Lajes do Pico has developed around a picturesque port surrounded by reefs and flagstones (“lajes”) that were on the basis of its name. The great island’s heritage has always been its ancient relation to the sea, mainly during the whale hunting times that reached the peak in the 19th century. Ever since whale hunting was forbidden, this industry and its products disappeared (such as whale oil), however this historical heritage still prevails in the Whale Hunters’ Museum. This venue was opened in 1988, evoking Azorean whale hunting tradition through an interesting heritage including traditional sculpted whale teeth (scrimshaw) and a collection of fishing boats. Interestingly, whale hunting spirit was not lost thanks to whale watching excursions that transformed this island in a true sanctuary of this activity. Both whales and dolphins can be watched quite closely. Once more local inhabitants managed to find in the sea an alternative to agriculture, an activity that used to play a crucial role in local economy. In terms of architecture, it is worth highlighting two-storey houses in stone and whitewash forming a significant set, mainly in the street Rua Capitão Mor Gonçalves Madruga, ending at the monumental Holy Trinity Church (Igreja da Santíssima Trindade). This urban complex is complemented and enriched by the old Franciscan Convent centre (where town hall is now housed) and by the former Santa Catarina Fort, converted in a tourism office. A final note to council’s nature, presenting all its beauty in the Caiado and Capitão lagoons, as well as in Terra Alta viewpoint, offering a view over a great deal of the island.

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