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ULTRA BLUE ISLAND®: FAIAL ISLAND, AZORES

BUS TRANSFERS

 

Azores Trail Run® strictly provides bus transfers for athletes from Horta City to the Start Lines and back from the Finish Line. Please be aware that these buses are reserved only for athletes and are not accessible to anyone else. Suppose you're staying far from Horta or have someone following you. In that case, it is imperative that you plan and book your transportation in advance, as the organization will not provide any extra services.

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Ultra Blue Island® PROGRAM
DON'T FORGET YOUR MANDATORY EQUIPMENT!
Ultra Blue Island® 2024 – PROGRAM
                                        

May 2rd (Thursday)

3:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Race Bib Collection at Teatro Faialense

               

May 3th (Friday)

10:00 am to 8:00 pm - Race Bib Collection at Teatro Faialense

6:00 pm - Briefing at Teatro Faialense

9:00 pm - Bus departs from António José D'Ávila School (Horta) to WGR start line

10:00 pm – Start of the Whalers Great Route® (WGR) 118K at Porto do Salão

May 4th (Saturday)

5.30 am – Start of the Ultra Blue Island 65K at Porto Pim Gate

7:30 am - Bus departs from António José D'Ávila School (Horta) to CC start line

8.30 am – Start of the Coast to Coast 42K (CC) in front of Ribeirinha Parish Council

10:00 am - Bus departs from António José D'Ávila School (Horta) to TV start line

11.00 am – Start of the Trail Ten Volcanoes 25K at Cabouco Park

1:00 pm - Bus departs from António José D'Ávila School (Horta)to FR start line

3:00 pm  – Start of the Family Race 10K at Alto da Ribeira do Cabo

May 5th (Sunday)

10:30 am – Awards Ceremony at Mercado Municipal da Horta

It is highly recommended that you bring all the necessary sports equipment from home as there are very few sports shops on Faial Island. Kindly refer to the event rules for more information regarding the required gear.

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HOW TO GET TO FAIAL ISLAND

DESTINATION AIRPORT FOR Ultra Blue Island®: 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)

 

>> From São Miguel and Terceira Islands, both in the 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:

 

  • Portugal, there are direct flights from Lisbon, Porto, and Funchal (Madeira Island)

  • In North America, there are direct flights from Boston, Providence, and Oakland (USA) and Toronto and Montreal (Canada)

  • In other European countries, direct flights are from London, Frankfurt, and Gran Canaria.

  • 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 (a 30-minute journey along the Atlantico Line).

Where
WHERE TO STAY

The Island of Faial boasts an impressive selection of lodging options, such as hotels in Horta, rural hotels, hostels, pousadas, glamping, and rental houses. To guarantee your stay, we strongly recommend using reliable booking websites like Booking and Airbnb.

 

The primary city for the event is Horta, which houses the race secretariat, where you can collect your race packet or bib. Additionally, this city is the departure point for the buses that take you to the start lines and the arrival point for the buses that bring you back after the finish. Therefore, if you do not plan to stay in Horta, we suggest arranging transportation with your hotel or other accommodations. Most are well-prepared to assist runners, or you can book a taxi in advance.

Mobility
MOBILITY ON THE ISLAND 
Comprehensive Guide to Transportation and Travel Tips

Exploring the rustic beauty of Faial Island is an adventure in itself. While the island's public transportation services are somewhat limited, there are several convenient alternatives to ensure a seamless and enriching experience:

  • Car Rentals: For maximum flexibility, consider renting a car. This option allows you to explore the island at your own pace. We recommend booking in advance to secure your preferred vehicle.

  • Jeep Tours: Immerse yourself in the island's natural splendor with guided jeep tours. These tours offer a thrilling way to navigate the rugged terrain and discover hidden gems.

  • Motorbikes and Bicycles: Renting a motorbike or bicycle is an excellent choice for a more personal exploration. Horse riding is also an option for a unique island experience. Remember, these services are limited, so early booking is advised.

  • Taxi Services: Taxis are a convenient and flexible option for getting around. They are especially useful for short trips or if you prefer not to drive yourself. Taxis can be hailed in urban areas or booked in advance.

  • Van Tours: Van tours are ideal for those who prefer group travel. These tours often include guided commentary, providing deeper insights into the island's history and culture.

Special Advisory for Azores Trail Run® Athletes:

Participants in the Azores Trail Run® will benefit from dedicated bus services provided by the event organizers. These buses will transport athletes to the start lines and back from the finish lines, operating exclusively to and from Horta City. If your stay is outside Horta or if you have supporters, it’s crucial to plan your transportation. Please note that the event's transportation services are limited to athletes and do not extend to accompanying persons.

ABOUT FAIAL ISLAND
About Faial

In the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean, Faial Island emerges as a captivating part of the Azores Archipelago, Portugal. This enchanting island, one of the nine jewels of the Azores, boasts a landscape sculpted by its volcanic origins. It's a place where the stark contrasts of nature come alive - dark, volcanic stones against the soft hues of sandy beaches, the deep blue of the boundless ocean meeting the lush greens of dense forests and rolling fields.

The Azores are home to Portugal's tallest peak, found on Pico Island. Rising 2,351 meters above sea level, Pico is a majestic natural monument. When measured from its base on the ocean floor, it ranks among the tallest mountains globally, piercing the vast Atlantic with its impressive height.

Faial, positioned in the Central Group of the Azorean archipelago, maybe the fourth-largest island in the area. Still, it stands as the third-largest in the hearts of its inhabitants. One can gaze upon the neighboring Pico and São Jorge Islands from its vantage points. On days when the sky is clear and the horizon unobstructed, even the distant Graciosa Island can be glimpsed, adding to the panoramic spectacle.

Connectivity from Faial is a year-round affair, with regular boat services weaving through the islands of Pico and São Jorge, offering a seamless journey across this enchanting archipelago.

The climate of Faial is a gentle embrace of temperate conditions. Winters are mild, with average temperatures around 13°C, while summers are pleasantly warm at around 24°C. The Gulf Stream's influence keeps the seawater temperatures moderate, ranging between 17°C and 23°C, creating an inviting environment for aquatic life and visitors. The island air, carrying a hint of oceanic freshness, maintains a relative humidity of about 75%, ensuring the lushness of its landscapes.

Discover the Wonders of Faial Island: A Journey Through Nature and Adventure

Embark on a memorable journey to Faial Island, a gem nestled in the azure waters of the Atlantic. Here, the lushness of nature intertwines with thrilling activities, offering something for every explorer.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching: Immerse yourself in the marine world. Witness the majesty of whales and the playful antics of dolphins in their natural habitat.

  • Beaches and Natural Swimming Pools: Relax or dive into the pristine waters, where sandy shores and unique natural pools await.

  • Caldeira – The Heart of a Volcano: Stand in awe at the crater of the massive volcano that birthed the island. Choose to gaze into its depths or venture around its expansive rim.

  • Natural Parks and Forest Reserves Exploration: Traverse through verdant landscapes where flora and fauna thrive in protected serenity.

  • Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center: Step into a realm where history meets nature. Learn about the birth of Portugal's newest territory following the dramatic eruption of 1957/58.

  • Botanical Garden Strolls: Wander amidst a kaleidoscope of flora in the tranquil botanical gardens, a haven for plant lovers.

  • Birdwatching Escapades: Equip your binoculars and set off to spot an array of exotic birds in their natural environment.

  • Diving and Sailing Adventures: Plunge beneath the waves for underwater exploration or sail the seas, embracing the island’s maritime spirit.

  • Horta and its Enchanting Marina: Discover Horta's vibrant culture and its marina, a crossroads for global sailors.

  • Trails and Sightseeing: Lose yourself in scenic trails, each offering a unique view of the island's breathtaking landscapes.

  • Biking and Horse Riding: Feel the thrill of biking across rugged terrains or experience the island’s beauty on horseback.

  • Island Hopping: Extend your adventure with a boat trip to neighboring islands Pico and São Jorge, each with its own charm and mysteries.

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