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Blue Island Endurance Trail
Blue Island Trail starts at Forte de São Sebastião, ancient maritime defense fortification of Faial, whose construction dates back to the early seventeenth century.
Along the 70 km of this trail, the athletes will find emblematic places of rare beauty, like Porto Pim Beach, Monte da Guia, Monte Queimado, Monte das Moças (Observatory Prince Albert of Monaco), the marina of Horta and the avenue by the sea. They will run on ancient access paths and trails to the primitive village of Horta. The route also goes through the East Coast of Faial, a region deeply worked by tectonics, from Espalamaca, characterized by a complex tectonic structure, dominated by roughly parallel faults, direction WNW-ESSE, which is a local manifestation of Faial, Pico Fracture. Some of these fractures have large deep areas, locally called “Lombas” and “Afundamentos”, flanked by large cliffs of exposed boulders, such as the graben of Almoxarife Beach parish. This graben is an imposing geological formation, plunging into the sea in the small beach that gave the parish its name. Several volcanic cones arose as a consequence of this tectonic activity.
After Ribeirinha Parish, the athletes shall follow the route of Faial Coast to Coast – Ultra Trail (48 km)>> 3D route>> Table of points of interest>> Downloads