The volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic are characterized by its lush vegetation and the all year round mild climate, making the Azores a paradise for nature and outdoors enthusiasts alike. The islands have been formed by submarine eruptions and the volcanic heritage is still visible today in form of extinct craters filled with deep blue water, thermal springs and bizarre rock formations.
Thanks to its isolated location the Azores are home to a huge variety of unique plants and shrubs, which showcase their beauty especially over the summer months.
The islands are calm and rough at the same time with some fantastic scenery, making it a great spot to get outdoors and active, so it is not surprising that the Azores offer a great choice and variety for outdoor activities. For those interested in culture, vibrant urban centers and sleepy fishing villages are waiting to be explored.
OUR AZORES ADVENTURES
WHEN TO GO
The Azores are particularly famous for the Azores high, which regularly builds up South of the archipelago and is responsible for sunny weather across Europe. But on the islands, you might see all four seasons in a day. Warm sunshine can quickly be followed by stormy rain showers, especially on the Northern parts of the islands. The weather is calmer towards the Southern parts, but fog can build quickly around the mountain peaks and is persistent to stay.
Temperatures are moderate the whole year round with mild winters over 10 and hot summers just under 30 degrees and there is little change overnight. Especially the summer months are extremely humid, even though rainfall spreads evenly over the months, so you should always pack proper wind and water proof gear.
You can visit the Azores all year round, though the summer months (June - September) are most popular and busier.
WHAT TO BRING
Though even winters are mild on the Azores, the weather can change quickly, so even on a hot summer day, you should be prepared for sudden and heavy rain showers. Especially when venturing off for the day, make sure to bring a light rain jacket, waterproof bag and wear water resistant shoes. During the winter months, make sure to bring a warm jumper and jacket to protect against the wind.
When traveling in summer, you will come across plenty of possibilities to go for a quick dip, be it in the sea, mountain streams or lakes, so make sure to have your swim gear handy.
You should bring proper outdoor clothes if you plan for a lot of hiking, apart from that you will be fine with casual and practical clothes. Of course, don't forget your camera!
HOW TO GET THERE
SATA/Azores airlines offers regular flights to Ponte Delgada from various cities in Portugal, Germany, USA and Canada. They also operate flights between islands. Apart from that, most connections would be with TAP via Lisbon.