Weather at the moment
Weather all year round
The climate of the Azores is temperate and mild all year round with temperatures ranging from 14° in winter to 23° in summer. As the archipelago is located in the middle of the North Atlantic, the weather is often rainy, especially in the fall and spring. However, the weather is very variable even though summer is always drier and sunnier than the other seasons.
Life in the Azores is relatively cheap, but hotel rates are not always that attractive. The seasonality of the tourist market, confined to the months of May to September, is quite marked and has a considerable influence on prices: off-season, they fall sharply. Restaurants, on the other hand, offer good prices in relation to the quality of the cuisine. Tips are always welcome even if no one really expects them. 5% to 10% is the norm.
The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, is part of the European Union and the Schengen area. Consequently, any European citizen can enter the Azores without a visa and stay there without limitation on presentation of a passport or even a simple identity card. For Canadians, a visa is not required if the length of stay is less than three months.
There is no mandatory or even recommended vaccine for the Azores. Tap water is drinkable throughout the Azores, but not necessarily good, and (really) fragile stomachs will prefer to drink bottled water. In restaurants, you will never be served a carafe: so include water in the final note. You will find good mineral waters, especially in the Lombadas Valley in São Miguel.