Planning your next holidays in the Azores Islands?
This is the right place to start.
This is your gateway for your Azores holidays. I’ve compiled free tips, hacks, and other useful info for your 100% independent Azores trip. This means saving money in expensive tour agencies, private guides or other middle men. Plus, it’s more fun!
Sleeping in Azores
Where to sleep is an important decision
Accommodation options for all types of experiences and budgets have been popping up in Azores like mushrooms. From the shoestring backpacker to the luxury resort.
However, the demand is still way higher than the offer and the best places get fully booked very quickly. Book early.
The best places to stay in Azores
Start your search amongst the best hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in Azores. A memorable trip also includes a good night sleep!
São Miguel Island
My home island is the gateway to the Azores.
It’s also home to a fantastic array of different landscapes: from crater lakes to lush waterfalls and relaxing thermal pools, from ocean cliffs to volcanic beaches.
Where to stay in São Miguel
A shortlist of the 23 best places to stay in São Miguel, from shoestring budget hostels to luxury resorts.
São Miguel e-book
Let me guide you through my home island.
I’ve compiled all my local tips and advice in this 85-page ebook about São Miguel island.
The second-largest island in Azores is nicknamed the “grey” island.
Dramatic landscapes of lava formations make a contrast with the vibrant blue of the ocean and the white from the foam of the waves.
Find your place to stay in Pico
I suggest to go rural. Rural guesthouses and villas in Pico are the best.
The westernmost piece of land in Europe is a true remote paradise.
Despite its tiny size, it packs a punch and boasts an incredible variety of untouched landscapes.
Find your place to stay in Flores
If you’re looking for true relaxation in Flores, Fajã Grande is your best bet.
Other Azores resources
The Azores archipelago has a population of 245,766 people (2015 data). The majority (56%) live in São Miguel, followed by Terceira. Corvo has the least number of inhabitants, only 416.
It’s hard to find a safer place than Azores. Petty theft and the crime rate is insignificant. That said, it’s wise to take the usual precautions you’d have while traveling anywhere else.
This will greatly depend on what you want to do and the islands you plan to visit. As a bare minimum, save 4 full days to visit São Miguel island, the largest of them all. Read some more tips to plan your Azores itinerary.
OMG if I had a penny for every time someone asks me something weather-related.
Short answer is: I don’t know. No one does.
Long answer: we’re talking about the remote Atlantic Ocean, with many different aspects impacting the weather. Weather changes by the hour. Each morning it’s hard to predict if it’s going to be sunny in the afternoon so it’s definitely impossible to say if it’s going to be mostly rainy or sunny on your trip. To make things more complicated, weather varies significantly in different sides of the islands!
If you want to maximize the change of good weather, the best months to visit Azores are from May to October. You should consider other factors though like crowds: the July and August months are the peak tourist season with higher prices. More info here.
The best time of the year to go whale-watching in Azores runs from April to June, where the higher number of whale species can be found in Azorean waters. It coincides with the migratory paths of blue, sei, and fin whales. More info here.
There is no tipping policy in Portugal. You would tip 5-10% only if you think the service has been exceptionally good.
Most people in the Azores speak a decent level of English, particularly those working the tourism area and amongst younger generations. But why not learn some words of Portuguese too? It will earn you a smile from locals.
For centuries, locals in Azores have followed a diet heavy on animal protein. Only now options for people with dietary restrictions are slowly starting to show up in the main urban centers. Restaurants usually have an (inferior quality) vegetarian option.
It’s perfectly safe to drink tap water in hotels, restaurants, and homes in Azores. No need to buy bottled water. Ideally, bring a water bottle to refill and save on plastic.
The official currency in Azores is Euros (EUR). You may find some establishments accepting other currencies like US Dollars (USD) and Canadian Dollars (CAD), but this is very rare – don’t count on it.
Yes, as long as you follow Portuguese drone rules.
Also be careful with the fast-changing weather and do not fly in Nature Reserves like Lagoa do Fogo or Ilhéu de Vila Franca to not disturb the peace and natural ecossystem. If you have people around, consider asking if them it’s ok to fly as you’ll be disturbing their peace too.