Hardship to Holidaymakers on Pico Island in the Azores

Hardship to Holidaymakers on Pico Island in the Azores
In an extraordinary turn around the hardships of the islanders on Pico in the Azoresduring the last century have now been turned into tourist attractions. Visitors to the island arrive at Madalena, the main town and port. When I arrived it was blurry through the rain but I could see it was an attractive, modern town.

When the first settlers arrived on the island during the fifteenth century they had to hew a living out of the hard, dark lava that clothes a large area of the land. All the work had to be done by hand and system was developed to protect the figs and vines from the extreme weather conditions while taking advantage of the fertile volcanic soil. I could only imagine how hard it had been to produce the small rectangles of cultivated land surrounded by dry stone walls made from blocks of basalt.

Large areas of the black lava have been left untouched by man leaving nature to create some dramatic landscapes. At Arcos do cachorro a large area of lava by the sea that has ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Hardship to Holidaymakers on Pico Island in the Azores
Guide Location: Portugal » Pico Island
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Museu dos Baleeiros   Lavrador   Church of Madalena do Pico  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: http://experiencedtraveller.co.uk/blog/post/2017-08-06-hardship-to-holidaymakers-on-pico-island-in-the-azores