Azores

The Azores, 9 islands to explore

The Azores are situated in the Atlantic ocean, made up of 9 islands. The islands are each as beautiful as one another and are picture-perfect with flowers and rolling fields, vistas of the sea and blue lagoons. The fertile volcanic soil gives them lush and varied vegetation – hydrangeas, camellias, hibiscus, and magnolias can be seen everywhere.

Holidays to these islands are based around a relaxing environment with activities such as swimming with dolphins, whale watching, deep-sea fishing and even golfing on the 2 golf course on Sao Miguel Island.

The largest of the islands is Sao Miguel at 290 square miles and the smallest island is Corvos at 7 square miles. The islands are approximately 2 hours from Lisbon and 5 hours from the East coast of America. The cosmopolitan town of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel is a pleasure to visit. With its cobbled streets, turn of the century architecture, modern marina with shops, bars, restaurants and night clubs makes it the perfect holiday destination.

Weather in the Azores

The weather is best between June and October with the hottest months being July, August and September. November to January is also pleasant but temperatures dip a bit. February through May tend to be on the rainy side.

How to get to the Azores

There are daily flights from Europe via Lisbon and some direct flights from the UK with some of the UK charter companies. Flights go on a weekly basis from North America and Canada. Once in the Azores transport between islands is by ferry or sailing boat.

Accommodation the Azores

Ranges from small family run bed and breakfasts up to 4-star hotels. There are no 5-star Luxury hotels in the Azores but all accommodation is relaxing and compliments the style of the island.

Many hotels offer their rooms to package operators, but some can be booked directly with the hotel. Prebooking is highly recommended in particular for the smaller islands.

Things to do in the Azores

Famous for their Flora and Fauna as well as Whale watching. Many birds stop off at the Azores during the migration season so if you love bird watching there will be many to see. A Walking holiday is a perfect option with the choice of many long walks through flower-covered roads and green countryside.

Popular outdoor sports are golf, Tennis, hunting and lake fishing. Activities most popular on the islands is Whale watching, trekking and horse riding.

Golfing in the Azores

On the island of Sao Miguel there are two championship golf courses to be played. Campo de Golfe de Batalha and Furnas Golf Course each one offering different challenges. There is also a new golf course on the island of Terceira Island called Terceira golf and another 9 holes will soon be added.

Car hire in the Azores

Book your holiday hire in the Azores online with go easy travel. Call or email for a car hire quote.

Driving abroad is often an unusual experience, but on the Islands it is pretty easy. The biggest island in the Azores is Sao Miguel with its lagoons and Volcanic mountain. This is a destination of beauty rather than a beach holiday destination.

Banks and Currency in the Azores

The Azores are part of Portugal and therefore accept the Euro as their currency. Most larger hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards but some of the smaller family-run accommodation or small restaurants may not. It is always advisable to carry a small amount of cash for payment of meals when in small restaurants.

Banks: From 8:30 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday; closed on official holidays.

In case of Emergency Dial 112

Essential Information Azores

Languages Spoken Portuguese, English
Currency Euro
Visa requirements Portugal, along with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain , forms part of the border-free travel zone subject to the Schengen Agreement. No visas are required for EU nationals. Nationals of Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the USA can stay for 90 days visa-free. Everyone else needs a visa.

For more information visit The Azores Tourist Board