Trail Run Azores | The Whalers' Great Route

Faial Island, Azores
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Join us on this amazing trail running adventure as we journey to the Azores, and spend 7 days running between two idyllic islands located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, heading through lush forests, volcanic beaches and majestic scenery every step of the way.

We’ll be based on the pretty island of Faial, where we’ll run a range of wonderful trails including a crossing of the island as we follow the ancient Whalers Great Route and the 10 Volcanoes trails.

On the adventure we also spend a day running/hiking a 10k trail which takes us to the summit of Mount Pico on the neighbouring island of Pico. We’ll also spend an afternoon whale watching, with our final day mountain biking to balance our trail running days, and to ensure we make the most of discovering the island.


  • Deposit for one person £697.50 - 1st payment due 17 March; £697.50 - Final payment due 17 June
    £300 BOOK

We are taking bookings for departures into 2021 and beyond into 2022, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.

During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.

So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:

FULLY REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS - On all new bookings. For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.

Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself.

FLEXIBLE CHANGES - For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION - All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.

TRIP POSTPONEMENT - As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.

4 days fully guided trail running on the idyllic volcanic islands of Faial and Pico

6 nights accommodation at a 4-star wellness hotel

All local transportation and transfers

Cultural sightseeing

Most meals (excludes 2-evening meals and some lunches)

Ferry boat rides between islands

Whale watching

Mountain bike tour

Max 12 runners


International flights

Beverages and snacks

Personal equipment

Personal bills

Travel Insurance - REQUIRED before the trips departure for cancellation, accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects.



We specialise in arranging excellent trail running holidays, but do not book International flights. There a great variety of flights departing from all over the world to Horta International Airport (HOR) which transit via Lisbon.

We will discuss with you about our trusted and recommended ways to book international flights through excellent ATOL protected partners who offer great value, ease of service and flight protection.


British citizens do not need a visa to visit Portugal.


Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.

By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.


You can expect everything from hilly - forested trails, inclusive of our longest day where we will run 35km+ as we follow the 10 Volcanoes trail and cross the island of Faial.

The Azores are a wild and remote archipelago located in the North Atlantic that is characterised by wonderful landscapes, fishing villages, mountain trails, lagoons, and luscious green pastures. Typically the trails are hard packed that gets rockier on our summit day when we head to Mount Pico.

The terrain is undulating and includes some steep up hill sections which we walk, as well as some steeper down hill sections at times.

We have some back to back days where we trail run relatively longer distances which you will need to prepare for.


In September we expect long, warm days with blue skies and temperatures to sit comfortably around 20 degrees C. It’s a mild climate year round, but being in the North Atlantic unpredictable weather can come it at anytime of year and there is always a chance of rain and wind.


Moderate graded trail runs normally follow on well established trails and route at lower altitudes which are generally lower than 1,500m. Some of the trails will involve some short, steep ascents. Previous experience is not essential.

Approximate details:

Total Distance: approx. 76 km

Total Running Days: 4 Days

Lowest Elevation: 4m

Highest Elevation: 2,276m

Elevation Gain: + 4,330m

The daily distances and itinerary may change according to local weather conditions and the groups condition.


Amazing trail running in the remote islands of Faial and Pico as we follow the ancient Great Whalers Route and the 10 Volcanoes Trail

Spend the day climbing to the summit of Mount Pico & experience amazing Whale Watching

Relax at a beautiful 4* wellness hotel surrounded by the blue of the North Atlantic. (Single supplement avaIlable.)

Azoris Faial Garden Hotel


A beautiful 4-star hotel overlooking the harbour with stunning views of Mount Pico and the Atlantic ocean.

It’s a relaxed hotel, surrounded by gardens and within a 5-minute walk from the centre of the tour. Combining comfy rooms and wellness facilities (complete with sauna, spa and Jacuzzi) it makes it a perfect base for us on our trail running journey.

Single supplement available

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