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10 things you need to know before visiting the AzoresVou na Janela

Certainly the Azores Archipelago is one of the most beautiful and untouchable places in the world, with forests, waterfalls, lagoons, volcanoes and beaches. I was there in November 2016 and if you are planning to visit the Azores, you need to keep an eye on these tips:


Read before visiting the Azores


Where it is

The Azores Archipelago is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and the United States. It takes 2 hours to fly from mainland Portugal or 4h30 to fly from the United States, there are flights that connect Boston to Ponta Delgada.

Almost in the middle of the Atlantic

when to visit

The archipelago can be visited all year round, the average minimum temperature in the coldest months is 13 degrees and the maximum in the hottest months is 30 degrees, but with the high humidity it can feel warmer. The weather is very dynamic and changes a lot throughout the day: it rains, it’s sunny, it’s foggy, the weather opens then and it can rain later. It’s not worth stressing, the weather always improves.

the archipelago

The Azores Archipelago is formed by 9 islands: Corvo and Flores (western part); Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico and Faial (central part); São Miguel and Santa Maria (eastern part). The city of Ponta Delgada is the main city of the archipelago and is located on the island of São Miguel.

How to choose an island

With so many islands, it is normal for doubts to arise about which island to visit. If you’re short on time, choose Ilha de São Miguel, where the city of Ponta Delgada is located. There are beautiful lakes, volcanoes with secondary activity, trails, waterfalls and beautiful cities.

How to get

The best way to get to the Azores is from Lisbon, where the offer of flights is greater. To Ponta Delgada, the main city of the islands has flights operated by TAP, SATA, Easyjet and Ryanair.

What is it like to fly with Easyjet

It was still dawn when we boarded

easyjet

Portuguese territory

The Azores Archipelago belongs to Portugal and of course, as it is in the European Union, Brazilians do not need a visa, just a passport valid for 6 months and all the normal documentation for those who are going to immigrate to Europe. In fact, if you are coming from Europe, you will not even do immigration in the Azores, you will do it in the city of destination of your flight from Brazil and the journey to the Azores will be considered a domestic flight.

Language

Azoreans speak Portuguese, but a faster and more accented version of the Portuguese that is spoken on the mainland, so some people may find it strange, but communication flows smoothly.

How to walk around the island

In Ponta Delgada you can practically do everything on foot, but they have a good bus system that runs throughout the city. For the island, the ideal is to hire a guide, I recommend FUNTastic Azores, which has several packages of daily or half-day tours. You can rent a car, but only the guide will be able to take you to amazing places that don’t appear in the guides.

From Ponta Delgada airport to the center (hotel region) taxi drivers charge 10 euros a ride, which is absurd as it is very close. If you are alone, it is worth taking a bus that goes to the city and it will certainly have a stop (stop) near your hotel and the price is 5 euros.

what clothes to take

A little bit of everything, from swimwear to winter clothes, preferably waterproof clothes. Because the weather fluctuates a lot, it seems that they really have all four seasons in the same day. Also don’t forget waterproof shoes and hiking clothes.

25 degrees on a winter day

25 degrees on a winter day

prices

In relation to the mainland, I found prices in the Azores to be much more affordable. For example, a beer at Louvre Michaelense, a retro-style cafe in downtown Ponta Delgada, costs 1 euro. You can have a good lunch for less than 10 euros and even the souvenirs are much more affordable.


What to do in the Azores


Route of the Seven Cities and Lagoa do Fogo in the Azores Archipelago
Route through the Furnas region on the Island of São Miguel in the Azores
Salto do Prego waterfall trail in Faial da Terra
Things to do in Ponta Delgada


In November 2016 I traveled to the Azores Archipelago and had the support ofEasyJet, FUNtastic Azores and Platano Hotels. Vou na Janela only makes partnerships with companies in which it recommends its services.

Cover image: FUNTastic Azores


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