Lajes do Pico

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Lajes do Pico
Municipality (Concelho)
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The medieval fort of Santa Catarina, with the hilltop neighborhood of Almagreia; one of the historical buildings in the municipality of Lajes do Pico
Coat of arms
Official name: Concelho das Lajes do Pico
Name origin: lajes, Portuguese for tough rock
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Azores
Island Pico
Civil Parishes Lajes do Pico, Peidade, Ribeiras, Ribeirinha, São João
Landmark Pico
Center Lajes do Pico
 - elevation 350 m (1,148 ft)
 - coordinates 38°23′49″N 28°13′56″W / 38.39694°N 28.23222°W / 38.39694; -28.23222Coordinates: 38°23′49″N 28°13′56″W / 38.39694°N 28.23222°W / 38.39694; -28.23222
Highest point Mount Pico
 - elevation 2,351 m (7,713 ft)
 - coordinates 38°28′6″N 28°23′56″W / 38.46833°N 28.39889°W / 38.46833; -28.39889
Lowest point Sea level
 - location Atlantic Ocean
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 155.31 km2 (60 sq mi)
 - water .11 km2 (0 sq mi)
 - urban 5.03 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population 4,711 (2011)
Density 30 / km2 (78 / sq mi)
Settlement c. 1406
 - Municipality c. 1501
LAU Câmara Municipal
 - location Rua de São Francisco
 - elevation 72 m (236 ft)
 - coordinates 38°23′59″N 28°15′7″W / 38.39972°N 28.25194°W / 38.39972; -28.25194
President Roberto Manuel Medeiros da Silva (PS)
Municipal Chair Cláudio Lopes (PPD/PSD)
Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
 - summer (DST) Azores (UTC0)
Postal Zone 9930-135
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 292 XXX-XXXX
Demonym Lajense
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
Municipal Holidays 29 June
Location of the municipality of Lajes in the archipelago of the Azores
Wikimedia Commons: Lajes do Pico (Azores)
Statistics: Instituto Nacional de Estatística[1]
Geographic detail from CAOP (2010)[2] produced by Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)

Lajes do Pico (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈlaʒɨʒ ðu ˈpiku]) is a municipality in the southern part of the Azores. The municipality is located is on the southern part of the Pico Island. The population in 2011 was 4,711,[3] in an area of 155.31 km².[4] It is bordered by Madalena to the west and by São Roque do Pico to the north.


The history of this municipality can be traced back to 1460, when Fernão Álvares Evangelho built his residence in the area that began to be known as Penendo Negro, in Enseada do Castelete, an area south of the village of Lajes. Due to the necessity of potable water, he built his home alongside a ravine outside of town, that for many years was known as Ribeira de Fernando Álvares.


The six civil parishes form the municipality of Lajes do Pico, with their own local authority, including:


  1. ^ INE, ed. (2010), Censos 2011 - Resultadas Preliminares [2011 Census - Preliminary Results] (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, retrieved 1 January 2012 
  2. ^ IGP, ed. (2010), Carta Administrativa Oficial de Portugal (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Geográfico Português, retrieved 1 January 2012 
  3. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  4. ^ Eurostat