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Best Times to Visit The Azores

The best time to visit the Azores is June through August. During this time, temperatures are at their highest, cloudy days are fewer and farther between and the likelihood of rain is low. If you're looking for that island getaway that's full of sunshine and warm weather year-round, know that the Azores is not that kind of destination. The Azores' placement in the middle of the Atlantic (1,000 miles from the coast of western Portugal), means you'll be greeted with mild temperatures and rain throughout the year. No matter which month you choose to visit, understand that the weather is known to be unpredictable, even during the summer. Pack layers, sturdy, waterproof shoes and always bring an umbrella.

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Weather in The Azores

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June to August

This is the only time of year where you'll experience a mix of uninterrupted sunshine, 70-degree daytime temps and little to no rain. June sees highs in the low 70s during the day and high 50s at night, while July experiences a small uptick in temps with daytime highs in the mid-70s and nighttime lows in the low 60s. If you don't want to contend with any chance of precipitation, this is the best month to visit. Meanwhile, August is the warmest month of the year, with the daytime temperatures sitting in the high 70s and nighttime temps hanging in the mid-60s.

Keep in mind that because of these ideal temperatures and lack of rain, you'll run into more visitors. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. More visitors mean the islands' ferries are operating at full capacity, and unlike other European destinations, overcrowding is not a problem here. In fact, the Azorean government put measures in place as early as 2015 to prevent overtourism, including capping the amount of accommodations available on the island.

September to October

Late summer and early fall are other prime times to visit the Azores. Temperatures still hover in the mid- to low 70s during the day, while nighttime temperatures range from the mid- to low 60s. The major differences between visiting during this time and summer is that sunshine won't be as prevalent, the chance of rain is higher and there will be fewer visitors.

November to March

Much like the rest of western Portugal, the Azores experience mild winters. During this time, highs remain in the 60-degree range and nighttime temps dip down to the low 50s. The caveat, however, is that because winter sees the most rainfall, you can expect more cloudy days and rougher ocean conditions. This means that trails will be wetter, ferries, which operate based on ocean conditions, will be more limited, and certain water-based activities and adventures may be a more difficult feat. However, you are likely to snag travel deals due to the smaller number of visitors traveling to the island.

Key Events:

April to May

April and May see a drastic decrease in rain, making it an excellent time to visit the island if you want to avoid rubbing elbows with other tourists and don't mind dealing with the occasional showers and cloudy skies that come with it. Ferry operations start to pick up as well. What's more, landscapes are evergreen and flowers are blooming thanks to months of rain. During this time, expect daytime highs to rest in the mid- to high 60s and lows to dip to the low to mid-40s as spring progresses. Plus, if you want the best whale watching conditions, this is the best time, as blue, sei and fin whales pass through here during this time on their yearly migrations.

Key Events:

  • Festival Tremor (April)
  • Holy Ghost Festival (April)
  • Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (May)

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