An autonomous region of Portugal located just two hours flight from Lisbon in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores archipelago will delight lovers of hiking and wilderness, far from the crowds of mass tourism. This still unknown destination is divided into nine islands of volcanic origin, each of which has its dominant colour (blue island of Faial, black island of Pico, green island of São Miguel, red island of São Jorge, etc.) according to their geological characteristics. From São Miguel, the large island with twin lakes, to the tiny Corvo, the volcano of Pico, the highest point of the archipelago (2,351 m) to the geothermically heated natural pools of Ponta da Ferraria, the escapade programme is extremely rich. Travel from island to island with the tourist guide of the Azores in the middle of thousands of hydrangeas, to meet the immense caldera of Faial, the black sandy beaches of Ribeira Quente, the endless chasms of Terceira, the breathtaking waterfalls of Flores, the turquoise blue water lagoon of Santo Cristo, the lush garden of Terra Nostra, not to mention a stopover at the world-famous port of Horta, a stroll through the streets steeped in the history of Angra do Heroísmo or even an observation of the cetaceans that cross the area.

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When to go to The Azores?

The best time to go to the Azores is between May and September: the weather is rather stable, it is hot, the sea is at an ideal temperature. To enjoy the advantages of summer while avoiding, as far as possible, its disadvantages, the months of May, June, and September are to be preferred. That said, winter can also bring its share of good surprises to the Azores: from December to February, camellias are in bloom, azaleas brighten the landscape in February and there are even fewer tourists on the islands.

How to go to The Azores? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many agencies organize tailor-made tours in all the islands of the archipelago, as well as thematic stays. Some of them offer twelve days of trekking and cetacean watching on the islands of Faial, São Jorge, Pico and São Miguel. You can also opt for a diving stay. Customised online travel platforms can also put you in direct contact with a local guide before departure, in order to provide you with a tailor-made stay

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The nine islands each have an airport. The most important is João Paulo II, located on the island of São Miguel. There are no or very few direct flights to the Azores, regardless of the departure destination. After a stopover in Lisbon or Porto, you can land at Ponte Delgada (São Miguel Island), Horta (Faial Island), Madalena (Pico Island) or Lajes (Terceira Island).

There are many regular maritime and air links between the nine islands. However, a trip to the Azores cannot be improvised, neither in winter nor in summer. It is more prudent to plan inter-island trips and anticipate that planes, boats and car rentals may be full. On land, the bus network is not very dense and the best solution is to rent a car because the roads are paved and in good condition.

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Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The best time to go to the Azores is between May and September: the weather is rather stable, it is hot, the sea is a...
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Weather forecast

The climate of the Azores is temperate and mild all year round with temperatures ranging from 14° in winter to 23°...
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Budget

Life in the Azores is relatively cheap, but hotel rates are not always that attractive. The seasonality of the touris...
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Formalities

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, is part of the European Union and the Schengen area. Consequently, any...
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Health

There is no mandatory or even recommended vaccine for the Azores. Tap water is drinkable throughout the Azores, but n...
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How to travel by yourself?

The nine islands each have an airport. The most important is João Paulo II, located on the island of São Miguel. Th...
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How to get organized?

Many agencies organize tailor-made tours in all the islands of the archipelago, as well as thematic stays. Some of th...
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Getting around

There are many regular maritime and air links between the nine islands. However, a trip to the Azores cannot be impro...
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