Os Açores é um arquipélago português localizado no Meio do Oceano Atlântico Norte. Ele é formado por 9 Ilhas Vulcânicas com paisagens exuberantes e ótimas condições para a prática de desporto na natureza.
É nos Açores que se encontra a maior montanha de Portugal, a Ilha do Pico, com 2.351 m. Se medido desde a sua base no fundo do oceano até os seus picos, que se projetam muito acima da superfície do Atlântico, o Pico é na verdade uma das montanhas mais altas do planeta.
O clima dos Açores é temperado, com temperaturas médias de 13 ° C no inverno e 24 ° C no verão. A corrente do Golfo relativamente próxima mantém a água do mar a uma temperatura média entre 17 ° C e 23 ° C. O ar é úmido, com uma umidade relativa média de cerca de 75%.
The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is formed by 9 Volcanic Islands with exuberant landscapes and excellent conditions for the practice of sport in nature.
It is in the Azores that you can find the largest mountain in Portugal, the Pico Island, with 2,351m. If measured from its base at the bottom of the ocean to its peaks, which project far above the surface of the Atlantic, Pico is actually one of the highest mountains on the planet.
The climate of the Azores is temperate, with average temperatures of 13° C in winter and 24° C in summer. The relatively close Gulf Stream keeps the sea water at an average temperature between 17 ° C and 23° C. The air is humid, with an average relative humidity of about 75%.
AS 9 ILHAS DOS AÇORES
THE 9 ISLANDS OF AZORES
É possível chegar em qualquer Ilha dos Açores de avião a partir de Lisboa e das 2 principais Ilhas do Arquipélago: São Miguel e Terceira.
Lisboa recebe voos do mundo inteiro enquanto em na Ilha de São Miguel e na Ilha Terceira chegam voos dos Estados Unidos, Canadá, Espanha, Cabo Verde e Outros países da Europa.
A companhia aérea que voa entre as Ilhas ou de Lisboa para as Ilhas é a Azores Airlines.
Entre as 3 Ilhas do Triângulo Açoriano, Pico, São Jorge e Faial, é possível viajar de barco o ano todo pela Atlântico Line. Durante o verão há viagens de barco entre todas ilhas.
IMPORTANTE: durante os eventos do Azores Trail Run®, a procura por viagens é elevada e as passagens aéreas podem se esgotar ou aumentar muito de preço. Recomendamos reserva antecipada e que te informes sobre os pacotes de viagem disponíveis para cada prova.
It is possible to reach any island in the Azores by plane from Lisbon and the 2 main islands of the Archipelago: São Miguel and Terceira.
Lisbon receives flights from all over the world while on São Miguel Island and Terceira Island flights arrive from the United States, Canada, Spain, Cape Verde and other European countries.
The airline that flies between the Islands or from Lisbon to the Islands is Azores Airlines.
Between the 3 Islands of the Azorean Triangle, Pico, São Jorge and Faial, it is possible to travel by boat all year round on the Atlântico Line. During the summer there are boat trips between all the islands.
IMPORTANT: during the events of Azores Trail Run®, the demand for travel is high and air tickets can be sold out or increase in price. We recommend booking in advance and informing you about the travel packages available for each event.
AEROPORTOS DOS AÇORES
THE AIRPORTS OF AZORES
Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL)
Santa Maria Airport (SMA)
Lajes Airport (TER)
Horta Airport (HOR)
Pico Airport (PIX)
São Jorge Aerodrome (SJZ)
Graciosa Aerodrome (GRW)
Flores Airport (FLW)
Corvo Aerodrome (CVU)
HOT TO GET HERE
O QUE FAZER
Se quiseres, podes aproveitar para esticar a viagem e aproveitar as paisagens e atividades de cada Ilha. Cada Ilha é única, com características e experiências próprias, mas, de forma geral, nos Açores tu poderás:
Praticar hikking e Trail Running nos diversos trilhos dos Açores
Observar baleias e golfinhos (e outros animais marinhos)
Fazer mergulho oceânico
Explorar vulcões e cavernas
Praticar desportos náuticos
Andar de bicicleta ou a cavalo
Aproveitar o mar em praias ou nas fabulosas piscinas naturais
Explorar os Parques Naturais e os Parques Florestais
Saborear a gastronomia local
Relaxar, perder tempo nos miradouros, conhecer as cidades históricas
WHAT TO DO
If you want, you can take the time to stretch your trip and enjoy the landscapes and activities of each island. Each island is unique, with its own characteristics and experiences, but in general, in the Azores you will be able to:
Practice hikking and Trail Running on the various trails in the Azores
Watch whales and dolphins (and other marine animals)
Diving in the Ocean
Explore volcanoes and caves
Practicing water sports
Cycling or horseback riding
Enjoy the sea on beaches or in some fabulous natural pools
Explore Natural Parks and Forest Parks
Taste the local gastronomy
Relax, waste time at the viewpoints, get to know the historic cities
Equity, respect for other people and the environment, mutual aid, and solidarity are the fundamental principles directing the organization and the running of the Azores Trail Run®.
These are inspired directly by the values put forward by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), amongst which we find authenticity, respect, humility, and fair play.
We wish to share these principles with those who participate in the Azores Trail Run®: runners, partners, volunteers, spectators, and local inhabitants.
Being conscious that our events take place in a framework, which is simultaneously both grandiose and fragile, this charter aims to formulate the benchmarks, which will act as the guideline for our behavior and actions.
Trail running is currently experiencing important changes. The most perceptible are: a rising number of participants coming from an increasing number of different countries, a large diversity of motivations and profiles, more and more sensitive economic stakes, safety, and the environmental impact. In this context of change, we consider that it is our responsibility to continue to promote it through the largest number of values, which go beyond the sporting aspect itself, making Trail running a real human adventure.
It is the search for a just balance based on impartiality, equality of chance benefiting all the runners, and the recognition of the rights and duties of each player in the event (runners, volunteers, private and territorial partners, press, and local population). Our races are organized to be of advantage to all without certain of them benefiting in a way that may put others at a disadvantage.
Our races are open to everybody. Our rules are made for everybody and are applied identically to everybody. All the athletes have the same conditions, and they have the same rights and the same duties.
It is our responsibility to guarantee this principle of equity, to make the necessary controls, and to offer the best possible race conditions to all the participants. We limit the zones where assistance is authorized so as not to penalize those runners who cannot benefit from it.
We ask the commissaries de course (race marshals) to ensure that the rules are respected throughout the race.
The reception of top-level runners is the object of pre-established rules, which do not disadvantage the other runners.
Our finisher’s gifts are distributed as fairly as possible between all the players according to their respective contributions to the event, and we ensure that all the finishers are rewarded.
Respect for people
The Azores Trail Run® gathers enthusiasts from many cultures, personalities, or motivations.
To respect others is to understand and accept that they are different and to adopt the “know-how” so as not to hamper them or bother them. It is also to understand that the islands are places that possess their own culture and traditions.
We work permanently on high-quality organization, we stay tuned to all, and we always try hard to find answers.
We limit the numbers so as not to saturate the paths and to avoid hold-ups along the route, which could be harmful to the quality of the races.
Each player commits to showing respect and conviviality towards the local population and everyone on trails at the same time as them (other trail-runners, locals, mountain hut personnel, walkers…).
Respect occurs through sharing regulations, to which every player (runner, volunteer, partner, journalist, or accompanying person) commits to understand and respect.
We ask everybody not to cheat under any circumstance and to be an example of fair play.
Respect for oneself
The practice of long duration Trail-running carries risks and the search for performance and/or pleasure without limits.
A medical counselor takes care to optimize the medical follow-up of the runners, contributing this way to their good performance in the races, not allowing them to harm somehow their health in a longer or shorter term or take risks that might compromise their own or the other participants’ safety.
We ask each runner:
to be particularly careful to take no doping products and not to resort, wrongly, to self-medication;
to inform the organization’s Medical Counsel in case of use of a prescription subjected to a Therapeutic Use Authorisation (TUE);
to learn and to agree not to exceed one’s limits to the point of damaging one’s physical or mental integrity.
Respect for the environment
Our races take place on small islands, in the mountains, and the area in natural parks. This is a fragile natural environment, in which it is necessary to protect the balance ensuing, both from biodiversity and human activity.
Our event has to contribute to the general awareness of the fragility of the natural surroundings. We make every effort to reduce our impact. We also recognize with lucidity that there are inevitable impacts, and we make a commitment to do all we can to rectify them.
The environment commission of the Natural Park identifies the risks engendered by the event and proposes concrete actions. We actively participate in defining rules for sustainable development and are careful to apply and improve their content. We encourage the use of organizational transport or car sharing. We ask collaborators from the natural parks to explain the rules within the nature reserves and to watch that they are respected.
We are trying to minimize to the maximum the environmental impact connected with our events, in particular by decreasing the volume of our impact and by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions connected to professional aerial transport.
We invite you to improve your knowledge of the Azores, their ecosystem, and their fragilities, not to become an expert but to act with responsibility and awareness. We encourage you to minimize your impact on the environment through which you pass by adopting an as environmentally friendly attitude as possible:
drop nothing on the ground (including that we don’t see) in any area along the route (including in the inhabited zones);
do not shortcut the paths, as this causes harmful erosion to the site;
preserve the flora, respect the fauna, and avoid making inappropriate noise;
to rigorously respect the rules of the nature reserves;
to balance the carbon emissions by participating in tree plantation, avoiding motorized travel by favoring the use of organization transport or the use of car sharing;
to visit museums and environmental centers.
The high regions of the islands could be a hostile environment where man has learned the rules of solidarity and helps each other to live and prosper. For this reason, we ask each player of the Azores Trail Run®, in whatever place or circumstance, to make it their priority to help any other person in danger or difficulty.
As organizers, we have the conviction that our solidarity must apply in a more global framework and that it is our responsibility to help the most deprived. This conviction is based on the consciousness of our privileges and our attachment to humanistic values.
To concretize this commitment, we favor united action and sustainable development at the environmental, social, and economic levels.
We also encourage runners « to run for a cause » and to collect funds to benefit charitable associations, which they choose, and we help to make their actions known.