Azores Travel Tips

The Azores travel tips you need to plan your Azores vacations

 

 

How many islands are in the Azores?

The Azores are a combination of 9 islands, divided into three different groups. The Eastern Group comprises São Miguel and Santa Maria Island. Terceira, Graciosa, Faial, São Jorge and Pico Island make the Central Group. Finally, the western group has Corvo and Flores Island.

Find out which Azores Island fits your travel style best. 

 

How is the weather in the Azores?   

Weather can be quite unpredictable in the Azores. Even on the same day, you can have the 4 seasons! Don’t rely too much on the weather forecasts since rain, wind, or sun can come up all in the same day. Do you want to know more about each season? Read this article about how the weather is in the Azores.

Read more about the Azores weather.

 

What should I wear when going to the Azores?

Since the weather is quite unpredictable in the Azores, you need to be prepared for everything. We recommend a fairly casual attire, particularly during the day. Comfortable athletic wear is perfectly acceptable during the day; smart casual dress is recommended for dinner.

 

What should I pack to travel to the Azores?

  • Bathing suits;
  • Water shoes; 
  • Sunblock; 
  • Sunglasses/sun hat;
  • Power plug adaptor/voltage converter; 
  • Camera and/or  Camera Phone; 
  • Lightweight coat/windbreaker or raincoat;
  • Walking shoes/sneakers (sandals or flip-flops for pool or dinners only); 
  • Comfortable/athletic wear/shorts; 
  • Lightweight sack/shoulder bag for walks/hikes. 

 

Do I need to rent-a-car?

Renting a car can help you go a long way in the Azores. It’s easy to drive and you’ll be able to see everything on your schedule. Azores Getaways offers plenty of rental car options for you to choose from. 

 

Can I fly between the islands?

Yes, you can! SATA Air Açores flies to every island in the Azores on a daily basis. If you want to visit more than one island, especially during the winter months, this is the way to go.

This article has everything you need to know about inter-island flights in the Azores.

 

Can I travel by boat between the islands?

Yes, you can..sort of. If you’re travelling between nearby islands, like in the central and western group, Atlântico Line, the regional ferry transport company offers travel all year round between Pico, Faial, Sao, Jorge and Flores to Corvo.

Before booking a trip make sure you know everything about the schedules and routes you need to take. If you are thinking of travelling between different island groups, like from São Miguel to Terceira, this is only possible between May to September.

Wanna know everything about travelling on a ferry, in the Azores?! Check out the Azores Inter-Island Ferries.

 

What Should I Bring to a Hike?

There are plenty of beautiful and natural trails to discover in the Azores. Make sure to bring a raincoat, some snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen and some lunch, if the hike is going to take time. Also bring some hiking shoes, since some trails can be tricky in some places and having some good grip on your shoes can make a difference.

 

What can I see for free?

A lot of attractions in the Azores are free. Every Hike, view or lake can be seen free.

 

But not everything is free...

But not every attraction is free. Some attractions are paid, such as hot spring pools complex and some other facilities. Also, activities, like whale watching, canyoning, guided tours are a complement to your Azores trip and great options to discover the wonders of the Azores.

 

Should I make restaurant reservations?

Yes, you should, especially in the peak summer season. The restaurants are not very big, and making a reservation will help you eat when you want and where you want in some highly recommended restaurants.

Keep in mind that you may need to call or email (only a few) the restaurants. Not many restaurants have the possibility to book online.

 

Should I tip?

It’s not usual to tip like you would in the United States, where you tip at least 15% of the whole meal. But if the service was very good, you can leave some euros as a kind gesture.

 

Nightlife and parties

The Azores are not a party place like Ibiza or Saint Tropez. You can expect some pubs or bars to relax and have a drink. If you want to enjoy some music and a few drinks, keep an eye on the festivals during the summer. 

 

It’s a place for outdoor and adventure activities

In the Azores, there are lots of activities you can try. Azores Getaways has partnerships with companies that have a wide range of activities, expeditions and tours to choose from.

We recommend activities like canyoning, hiking, whale watching, horseback riding, diving, surfing, swimming with dolphins and lots more!

 

Azoreans speak english (most)

The official language in the Azores is Portuguese, but the English language is widely spoken in all Islands of the Azores. If somebody doesn’t understand your language, use the google translate app, it can come in handy if you want to translate or explain something.

 

The Azores are not a beach Destination

Even though the Azores has beautiful volcanic, black sanded beaches, it is more known for its unspoiled and gorgeous nature. Expect to see lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, and trails. 

 

The Azores are volcanic islands

You can see in the Azores signs of volcanic activity everywhere from hot springs to lava remains of recent eruptions. Check out the black sand beaches in the Azores, the geysers and thermal spring in Furnas. You can even eat food that was cooked underground.

If you want to see the effects of a recent eruption, go to Faial Island and explore the Capelinhos Volcano.

 

Try out the thermal springs

Especially in São Miguel Island, you can have a delightful bath in numerous thermal springs.  Try out the Poça Dona da Beija, Caldeira Velha e Terra Nostra. All of these places have beautiful iron-riched pools where you can relax in the middle of nature.

 

It’s a cheap destination

The Azores is a destination where your wallet won’t get hurt. You can get a lot of value from the Azores. For example, food and accommodation in the Azores are cheap compared to western Europe standards. For an average cost, you can expect to pay when dining out around 15€ per meal. And, for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for accommodation in the Azores is €100.

 

What rules are in place to enter the Azores due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Visitors heading to the Azores must provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 made within 72 hours prior to arrival. Read more here

 

How’s the Government in the Azores?

The Azores are an Autonomous Region of Portugal and a part of the European Union. 

 

What is the currency used in the Azores? 

The Azores use the Euro, though major credit cards will work and ATMs are widely available. ATMs are found in most of the large villages and towns, while credit cards are accepted in the majority of establishments. If you’re flying direct to the Azores, currency can be exchanged at airports, banks and hotels.

 

What is the spoken language in the Azores?

The official language spoken in the Azores is Portuguese, but a majority of the local population is proficient in English, especially in the more tourist-heavy spots.

 

Is there Internet and WiFi in the Azores?

Free WiFi is widely available in many public areas, restaurants, bars, shopping centers and hotels, but you should contact your mobile provider ahead of your trip and find out about international data rates and roaming. 

 

What’s the used voltage in the Azores?

The Azores uses electricity at 220-240V, 50Hz with European standard Europlug and Schuko plug sockets. If you plan on using electrical appliances that operate on a different voltage, a transformer is required, while appliances that have different plugs will need an adapter.

 

Emergency Contact: Dial 112

The Azores Getaways Customer Care team is available 7 days a week to answer your concerns by phone, email or chat, but in the case of an emergency, you should dial 112. 

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