Planning a trip to the Azores and need some helpful tips? Well you have come to the right place. I put together this list of 18 helpful Azores travel tips from what I learned based on my trip to the Azores and what I wish I knew beforehand. These tips are sure to help better prepare yourself to explore this incredible group of islands. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will have a good understanding of what to expect during your visit and it will help answer any questions you may have along the way.
Weather Can Be Unpredictable
The first thing to know off the bat is that weather in the Azores can be unpredictable at any time. They say that you can see all four seasons in one day! Just because a weather forecast says one thing does not mean that will actually happen. Rain, wind, clouds, and sun come in and out throughout a day so you really should be prepared for it all. The Weather in the Azores guide I put together goes in much more detail about the topic.
What to Wear
Due to the unpredictable weather, it can be difficult to figure out what to pack for your trip and what to wear on a day to day basis. Even if visiting in the summer time I would recommend bringing a raincoat / windbreaker and comfortable pants for when rain or wind picks up. Having something more than just shorts and t-shirts will also be helpful as it can get chilly at night.
Miradouros Are Everywhere
If renting a car, be on the lookout for Miradouros. All around the islands you will see signs pointing to an upcoming Miradouro or viewpoint. Usually you will find these along the coasts of the islands or above lakes. Stopping your car for a few minutes to take in the natural beauty of the Azores will never disappoint.
Flying between islands
Planning on traveling between island groups? Then you most likely will be taking some inter island flights. These flights are around $100 each way and can be booked on Azores Airlines. Once you know your travel dates I would go ahead and get that done as there are not too many flights on a day to day basis. Azores Airlines has a small fleet of planes holding only 37 or 80 passengers per plane. This is not something you will want to leave until the last minute or then you might leave yourself without availability.
Figuring Out Ferries
Continuing on the subject of transportation, ferries will be your best bet when traveling between close by islands such as the central islands of Pico, Faial, and Sao Jorge or the western islands of Flores and Corvo. Atlanticoline is the ferry company that will take you from one place to next so check the latest schedules for your dates. Depending on time of year, the schedules do change and some schedules are not the same on a day to day basis.
What to Bring On a Hike
If you are a hiker there are plenty of trails to choose from throughout the islands. You can take a look at the official Azores website that has a list of them all sorted by island. Going off of the first point though, weather can be unpredictable. On longer hikes I would bring a backpack with a raincoat windbreaker, snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen, and even pack some lunch if it will be in the middle of the day. Hiking shoes are also strongly recommended as many of the hikes are on moderate trails that can get tricky at times. Having a good grip will make all the difference.