weather, climate and best time to visit
The Azores belongs to Portugal and is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and consists of 9 inhabited islands and 8 uninhabited islands. All islands were once created by volcanic activity. On the island of Pico is the highest volcano.
The best thing about the weather in the Azores is that due to the mild temperatures throughout the year, there is no "low season". According to the locals, you can experience all four seasons in one day in the Azores, so it's best to be prepared for anything when you head out. Our advice is to bring a light jacket, umbrella, sunglasses and SPF sunscreen when visiting the Azores. You may need them all at some point.
Because of its unique location on the Gulf Stream, the Azores has a mild subtropical climate year-round with mild air and ocean temperatures. Temperatures are around 24ºC in summer and 14ºC in winter. The sea temperature in summer is a pleasant 25ºC. In the winter period the sea does not get colder than 17ºC.
What is also useful to know is that the islands have different microclimates. This depends on whether you are on top of a mountain or by the sea. Take this into account when you're out for the day by wearing multiple layers of clothing.
The largest island is São Miguel and has beautiful crater lakes. On Santa Maria you will find white beaches and the sea water temperature is pleasant for a nice vacation. Dolphins and whales jumping out of the water welcome you around the islands of São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Terceira and Graciosa. Head to Flores to visit natural waterfalls and volcanic lakes. Finally, on the small island of Corvo, you have a volcanic crater that attracts various bird species from Europe and America.
Best time to visit Azores
The best time to travel differs per island from Azores. View the best travel months for:
If you want to visit any of the Azores, generally the best time to visit is June through November. In this period you have a pleasant temperature and little precipitation. The highest average temperature in the Azores is 23°C in August and the lowest is 16°C in January. The highest water temperature is 25°C and it does not get colder than 16°C.
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In the table below you can quickly check the average weather per month in the Azores, the temperature per month or the period with the highest precipitation. Monthly average climate data is based on data from the last 30 years.
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The weather for Azores over the next 14 days will be 21°C till 25° with several days chance of light rain showers. The water temperature will be 24°C.
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Azores has a oceanic climate. There is rainfall during all months of the year. The average annual temperature for Azores is 18° degrees and there is about 630 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 103 days a year with an average humidity of 80% and an UV-index of 5.
Azores weather by month
What is the average Azores weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.
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Frequently asked questions
Where are the Azores?
Azores is an archipelago belonging to Portugal. It lies in a straight line 9,396 km from Cape Town.
The coordinates of Azores are:
- Latitude: 38.684077
- Longitude: -28.2219619
The GPS coordinates are 38° 41' N, 28° 13' W
Which islands belong to the Azores?
The Azores consists of these 9 islands:
How long is the flight to the Azores?
The flight time from Cape Town International Airport to the Azores is approximately 13 hours.
What are the airports on the Azores?
These are the airports that are situated on the Azores:
Lajes Airport in Praia da Vitória
What is the currency of the Azores?
On the Azores, the Euro (EUR) is used for payment.
Exchange rates on 13 August 2022
- 1 South African rand = 0.055 Euro
- 1 Euro = 18.32 South African rand
- 100 South African rand = 5.46 Euro
- 100 Euro = 1,832.19 South African rand
What is the area code of the Azores?
The area code to call the Azores is +351.