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Best Time to Visit the Azores Islands

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Lake in Sete Citades in the Azores

Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Sāo Miguel, Azores

The best time for an Azores Islands vacation is late spring and early autumn, typically within the months of April through June and September through October, respectively.

Whether you plan to embrace the warm sunshine on the beaches of São Miguel Island, watch the flowers bloom along the trails leading up Sete Cidades, peruse the mountain paths winding up Pico Alto, or uncover the Renaissance charm of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island, spring and autumn provide ideal weather and fewer crowds.

In the following guide, we highlight the best times to visit depending on your travel preferences and vacation goals for a stunning tour of the Azores.

Best Time for Great Weather



The best time to visit the Azores Islands for great weather is generally within the late spring months of April through June. The temperature during these months hovers near the 60s and low 70s, ensuring that your outdoor experiences are comfortable. As there is little rain during these months, your hiking activities and seaside relaxation should not be impacted by inclement weather conditions. Zicasso does, however, arrange alternative highlights should you experience the odd chance of rain. The months of July and August are best to avoid as the weather can get uncomfortably hot.

Best Time for Families with Children

Mosteiros Beach, Sao Miguel, Azores

Mosteiros Beach, Sao Miguel, Azores

Families traveling with children should consider the weather conditions and crowds, with the months of April through June and September through October representing the best time for a family-friendly vacation. During these months, little chance of rain means that you and your family can partake in the endless outdoor activities while the milder warmth than the summer months means that you will not be uncomfortable on the beaches or during hikes. These two time-frames also give parents plenty of opportunities to plan a vacation during their children’s school breaks.

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Flores Island, Azores

Flores Island, Azores

Travelers arrive on the Azores Islands year-round to explore the rich biodiversity, sweeping seascapes, and bathe in the temperate waters hugging golden shorelines. That said, the peak seasons of July and August represent the busiest time of the year. For this reason, travelers hoping to avoid the crowds should plan their Azores vacations for the months of April through June or September through October when the vacation crowds are less overwhelming. This will allow you to explore the best of the Azores as well as the many hidden secrets across the sprawling archipelago.

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Ponta do Pico, the highest point in Portugal.

Ponta do Pico, Pico Island

Romantic escapes to the Azores are popular among couples and the islands are also a frequented honeymoon destination. For this reason, the peak months of July and August can become crowded with other eager couples and the crowds can distract from the dreamy settings and castaway Azores adventures. Therefore, you should look to plan your trip during the spring and autumn months, preferably the spring months of April through June when the landscapes are vibrant and the flowers bloom.

Best Time for Whale Watching

Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal

Whale watching is an iconic Azores pastime enjoyed by locals and tourists alike hoping to capture images and make memories alongside the remarkable marine creatures. The months of April to September are the ideal months for seeing these spectacular creatures up close. Specifically, April and May are the best times for viewing. Dolphins can also be seen wallowing in the waters alongside the whales, with the islands of São Miguel, Pico, and Terceira representing the best whale and marine animal watching destinations in the Azores.

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Book for the Best Time on the Azores Islands

Sao Miguel Island Lighthouse, Azores, Portugal

Sao Miguel Island Lighthouse, Azores, Portugal

The sweeping seas circle the impressive collection of Azores Islands and are enjoyed by families, adventurers, and honeymoon travelers alike. From whale watching in São Miguel to culinary tours of Pico Island, Zicasso takes eager explorers on Azores Islands Vacation Packages during the best times to visit according to specific travel preferences. Zicasso travel specialists are readily available to answer any questions, and you can contact our Azores experts by completing a Trip Request or calling us on 1-888-265-9707.

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