Lajes do Pico

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Coordinates: 38°23′49″N 28°13′56″W / 38.39694°N 28.23222°W / 38.39694; -28.23222
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
Group Central
Island Pico
Municipality Lajes do Pico
Civil Parishes Lajes, 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; -28.23222
Highest point Pico Pequeno
 - location Ponta do Pico, São João, Lajes do 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)
Length 32.72 km (20 mi), West-East
Width 7.54 km (5 mi), North-South
Area 144.30 km2 (56 sq mi)
 - land 139.16 km2 (54 sq mi)
 - water .11 km2 (0 sq mi)
 - urban 5.03 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population 4,840 (2001)
Density 33.54 / km2 (87 / sq mi)
Settlement c. 1406
 - Municipality c. 1501
LAU Concelho/Câmara Municipal
 - location Rua de São Francisco, Lajes, Lajes do Pico
 - 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)
ISO 3166-2 code PT-
Postal Zone 9930-135 Lajes do Pico
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 292 XXX-XXXX
Demonym Piquense; Lajense
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
Municipal Address Rua de São Francisco, Convento de São Francisco
9930-135 Lajes do Pico
Municipal Holidays 29 June
Location of the municipality of Lajes in the archipelago of the Azores
Wikimedia Commons: Lajes do Pico (Azores)

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 northern area of the municipality is mountainous while the Atlantic Ocean is in the south. The only road linking to the northern part of the island runs through the mountain ranges of Pico. The municipality has a population of 4,840 and the area is 155.3 km². It is bordered by Madalena to the west and by São Roque do Pico to the north.

Lajes do Pico has been a featured Santa Cam location since the start of the 2008 NORAD Tracks Santa tracking season.[1]


The six parishes of Lajes do Pico are:


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Media related to Lajes do Pico at Wikimedia Commons