WHALERS' GREAT ROUTE ULTRA-TRAIL®: FAIAL ISLAND, AZORES
HOW TO GET TO FAIAL ISLAND
DESTINATION AIRPORT FOR WGRUT: HORTA AIRPORT (HOR)
You can reach Faial Island from Lisboa, Ponta Delgada (Island of São Miguel) and Terceira Island.
>> From Lisbon there are daily flights to Faial Island by Azores Airlines (www.azoresairlines.pt) - You can purchase Travel Packages from Lisbon to the race. Check them here!
>> From São Miguel and Terceira Islands, both in Azores, there are daily flights to Faial Island by Azores Airlines (www.azoresairlines.pt).
You can reach São Miguel Island ou Terceira Island by Azores Airlines from:
From Portugal, there are direct flights from Lisbon, Porto and Funchal (Madeira Island)
From North America, there are direct flights from Boston, Providence and Oakland (USA) and from Toronto and Montreal (Canada)
From other European countries, there are direct flights from London, Frankfurt and Gran Canaria.
From Cape Verde, there are direct flights from Santiago Island.
OPTION: Fly to Pico Island airport. At the airport, take a taxi to Madalena do Pico and a boat to Horta, on Faial Island (30-minute journey along the Atlantico Line).
WHERE TO STAY
Faial Island has many options: Hotels in Horta, Rural Hotels, Hostel, Bed & Breakfasts, a Glamping, many houses for renting (regulated). You can make reservations using commons websites such as booking and airbnb.
The main city of the event is Horta City. That's where there's going to be the secretariat of the race, from where the buses for the start lines departures and where the buses from the finish line come back to. So, if you are not going to stay in Horta, we recommend you to make transportation arrangements with your Hotel or B&B - most of them are well organized to help the runners - or book a taxi in advance.
MOBILITY ON THE ISLAND
Faial Island doesn't have a large public transportation service. If you want to visit the island, we recommend renting a car in advance or booking jeep tours with local operators.
You can also rent a moto, a bike or even plan a horse ride, but be aware that all that services are limited so we strongly suggest that you make reservations in advance.
FOR THE RACE: Azores Trail Run® will provide bus for the runners for the start lines and back from the finishing line. The buses are for athletes only and they will depart and arrive in Horta City only. So, if you are going to stay far from Horta or if you have someone following you, we recommend that you plan and book transportation and advance because the organization will not provide that.
WHALERS GREAT ROUTE 2021 – PROGRAM
July 29 th 2021 (Thursday)
03.00 p.m. - Race Bib Collection openning at Municipal Market
06.00 p.m. – Kids Trail 600m – For kids between 6 and 12 years old – Location: Monte da Guia (Meeting point next to Dabney’s House, registration on location).
06.30 p.m. – Endemic species planting within the project “Life Vidália”, with visit to Monte da Guia Complex. Location: Monte da Guia (Meeting point next to Dabney’s House).
11.00 p.m. - Race Bib Collection closes
July 30th 2021 (Friday)
02.00 p.m. - Race Bib Collection openning at Municipal Market
06.30 p.m - Press Conference with guest athletes at Municipal Market
07.00 p.m. – Briefing for the Azores Trail Run Races. Location: Municipal Market
08.00 / 10.00 p.m. – Pasta Party. Location
10.00 p.m. – Start of the Whalers Great Route Ultra-Trail® – Location: Porto do Salão
11:00 p.m. - Race Bib Collection closes
July 31st 2021 (Saturday)
05.30 a.m. – Start of the Ultra Blue Island at Porto Pim Gate
08.30 a.m. – Start of the Marathon Faial Coast to Coast in front of Ribeirinha Parish Council
10.00 a.m. – Start of the Trail Ten Volcanoes at Cabouco Park
11.30 a.m. – Start of the Mini Family Trail at Saibreira - Capelo)
04.30 p.m. – Time limit of arrival for the Mini Family Trail
05.00 p.m. – Time limit of arrival for the Trail Ten Volcanoes
06.30 p.m. – Time limit of arrival for the Marathon Faial Coast to Coast
07.30 p.m. – Time limit of arrival for the Ultra Blue Island
00.00 a.m. – Time limit of arrival for the Whalers Great Route Ultra-Trail®
August 1st 2021 (Sunday)
TBC – Awards Ceremony
Azores Trail Run® will provide bus for the athletes for the Start Lines and back from the Finish Line.
The buses are for athletes only and they will depart and arrive from Horta City .
So, if you are going to stay far from Horta or if you have someone following you, we recommend that you plan and book transportation in advance because the organization will not provide that.
Don't forget your mandatory equipment
You won't find many sport shops in Faial Island, so don't forget to bring everything you need from home. For more information about mandatory equipment, check out the rules of the event.
ABOUT FAIAL ISLAND
Faial Island is one of the 9 Islands of the Azores Archipelago, Portugal, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. All the islands have volcanic origin which defines their unique landscapes marked by the contrast between the dark color of their stones and sandy beaches, the deep blue of the high seas and the varied green of their forests and fields.
It's in Azores that you can find the largest mountain of Portugal, the Pico Island, with 2,351 m. If measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic, Pico is actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet.
Faial Island is located in the Central Group of Azores. It is the fourth largest island but the third largest in population. From Faial it's possible to see the Pico and São Jorge Island and, in clear days, the Graciosa Island.
From Faial Island it's possible to travel all year round to Pico and São Jorge Islands by boat.
The climate of Faial is temperate, with average temperatures of 13 ° C in winter and 24 ° C in summer. The relatively close Gulf Stream maintains sea water at an average temperature between 17 ° C and the 23 ° C. The air is moist with an average relative humidity of about 75%.
WHAT TO DO
We recommend that you enjoy the trip to know a get to know more about Faial Island and its lush nature. There are several activities in the Islands such as:
- Whale and Dolphin Watching
- Beaches and Lots of Natural Swimming Pools
- Caldeira: you can visit or walk around the crater of this huge Volcano that originated the island
- VisitingNatural Parks and Forest Reserves
- Visiting to the Interpretation Center of the Capelinhos Volcano: the newest territory in Portugal formed after Capelinhos Volcano Eruption in 1957/ 1958
- Walk through the Botanical Garden
- Diving and Sailing
- Visiting Horta and the Marina
- Lots of Trails and Sightseeing
- Biking and Horse Riding
- Visiting by boat the neighbor islands (Pico and São Jorge)
We hope you have the most incredible time during this trip. But remember, this is an adventure on an small island the Middle of North Atlantic. We may face bad weather, we may need to deal with some shortage of supplies, you may need to wait a while in the restaurants, there might be lots of rain, some mud...
But we'll certainly have the most amazing experience!
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