Azores, Portugal

Pico: Best Waterfront Running

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Pico is the second largest island of the Azores, at 42 km of long and 15 km wide. A dominant feature is the majestic 2,350m Volcano of Pico. It’s a spectacular landscape, with farms, rainforest, and fields of black lava spilling down to the beach. This part of our guide to running on Pico is focused on scenic, safe waterfront roads and paths along the waterfront. Note that most of these roads don’t have a shoulder or sidewalk, but they’re not heavily trafficked.

Waterfront Roads Around Madalena.  There’s some 18 km of lovely waterfront running on the northwestern part of Pico. A highlight is the 14 km between Madalena and Arcos.  It’s a secondary road, so fairly quiet. There are views of Pico to the interior, and to the rocky coast. You can also run south from Madalena for 3.6 km, with views of back lava fields and the sea. There are some sections of the road that are part of the Santana – Lajido walking trail.   ROUTE MAP: MADALENA EAST TO ARCOS. ROUTE MAP: SOUTH FROM MADALENA

San Antonio Area. Just east of Arcos, enjoy 4.5 km of scenic waterfront running east of San Antonio on Av do Ma. Quiet roads, nice water views! ROUTE MAP

Prainha Area. In the Prainha area, there are 7.5 km of small, quiet roads mostly along the water. Starting just west of Prainga at the Adega Açoriana restaurant, head east as far as Terra Alta. Most of the road has water views. ROUTE MAP

S Mateus area. Google Street View

S Mateus Area. On the more rugged & remote southern part of Pico, a quiet coastal road extends east of S Mateus for nearly 4 km. Views of stark lava fields and the North Atlantic. ROUTE MAP

 

 

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