Race medal for the Portugal Azores all-inclusive running trip with Global Adventures by Vacation Races
Race medal for the Portugal Azores all-inclusive running trip with Global Adventures by Vacation Races

Portugal: The Azores

8 days, 6 races, countless adventures!






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Solitary, Serene, & Unforgettable

Solitary, Serene, & Unforgettable

Among snorkeling enthusiasts, the Azores of Portugal is one of the most coveted spots to explore under the sea. On land, this cluster of nine volcanic islands houses some of the best hiking and outdoor experiences around.

We'll spend our time on Faial and Pico islands, home to world class trails and Portugal's youngest (and largest) stratovolcano. Come along for a week of splendid scenery, colorful hydrangeas, and delicious wines and seafoods in "Europe's Hawaii."

  • 8 days/7 nights all-inclusive trip
  • 6 trail runs and hikes (7-12K)
  • Daily afternoon activities

Follow scenic trails through vibrant, volcanic-formed landscapes.

Enjoy locally produced wines and food — a product of rich volcanic soil.

Grab your binoculars, we're going whale watching!

"...you're guaranteed to leave with tired legs and a full heart."

- 2022 Global Adventurer

Meet Your Host Region: The Azores, Portugal

Nestled in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are a stunning archipelago of nine volcanic islands. As an Autonomous Region of Portugal, the Azores have its own regional government and administration. Of course, some matters like foreign and monetary policy still remain under the central government of Portugal.

These charming islands are known for incredible hiking, world-class snorkeling, and cheerful hydrangeas that seem to grow everywhere on the islands. The Azorean culture is a harmonious blend of Portuguese traditions and unique island influences. From its vibrant festivals like the "Festas do Espírito Santo" to its delectable cuisine featuring fresh seafood and the famed Azorean pineapple, the Azores offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural richness.


Saō Miguel and Pico






63° / 52° in

May & Oct


Volcanic mountains and valleys


Whale & dolphin watching

Chromatic Nicknames

Each of the nine Azorean islands has a colorful nickname that speaks to that island's unique nature. Faial is the Blue Island because of its maritime history and the bushy blue hydrangeas that grow everywhere and Pico is nicknamed the Grey Island, for its dark basalt coastline, an outcome of Pico's impressive volcanic roots. Though, perhaps Pico should be named the Red Island because it's known for producing delicious wines and brandys.

Vibrant & Volcanic

Known as "Europe's Hawaii," the Azores have also formed by volcanic activity. However, where Hawaii formed over a hot spot, the Azores formed at the junction of three tectonic plates — the North American, Eurasian, and African plates. The islands are home to 26 active volcanoes, but they haven't shown signs of eruptive activity for many years.

A Viking Discovery

For centuries, people believed that the Azores were discovered by the Portuguese. But recently discovered records suggest otherwise. Thanks to some nifty soil science, researchers believe the first settlers came to the island between 700 and 850 AD, the early era of Viking exploration.

The Global Adventures Experience

The Best Dang Team On The Planet

Tireless travel directors, local guides, trail runners, photography gurus, and staff medics...we're all here to make your experience one for the ages.

Ask Us Any Question

Our event directors love to talk all things 'Global Adventures'. From travel advice to making sure a trip meets your needs, there is no question too big or too small!

All of The Fun, None of The Work

We've done the hard parts for you. Once you book your trip, our expert team handles all the details. From mapping out scenic runs to finding the comfiest beds and local grub.

Plus, we take care of that boring stuff like local transportation and even laundry. 

All that's left is to book your flight and call in sick from work ;)

Who Goes On A Global Adventure?

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Solo Travelers

connect with your curiosity

You can arrive solo, but you're never alone. Surrounded by like-minded travelers, you just may find your new travel companion — and a new favorite hobby to boot!

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Dating + Daring

Entertain novelty

You may be partners, but that doesn't mean you want the "typical" romantic getaway. You two are more of the high-adventure type.
Hop on in!

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Best Buds


When's the last time your friends have had an excuse to get away? If smiling and laughing your butts off while exploring beautiful destinations isn't a good enough reason to get together, we don't know what is!

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Turning a New Leaf

embolden your heart

Chin up and feet forward! You're looking for change or at least a week to turn your back on whatever you left behind. Escape, refresh, and leave with a new perspective.

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The Azores are waiting for you!

Join us for the all-inclusive running trip you never knew you needed.

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