Located in the North Atlantic, the Azores has a moderate, maritime climate with warm summers and mild winters. The hottest months fall between June and August when temperatures can reach 79°F due to the effects of the passing Gulf Stream. However, the archipelago is far out in the Atlantic, so tropical showers should be expected, especially between November and March.
The temperature drops around 57°F in February when there are a number blustery, overcast days. Cloud coverage is fairly common throughout the year and the annual median temperate is about 63°F. Due to the unpredictable weather, particularly in the higher destinations, waterproof jackets are recommended regardless of the time of year.
Best Time to Visit Azores
Azores is an ideal destination for those who want to experience something more than just a beach holiday. It offers a range of activities both indoor and outdoor, most of which are accessible year-round. The archipelago hosts a steady stream of travelers throughout the year, especially in the lively Ponta Delgada, with a majority of establishments and attractions. The summer months with the best weather tend to be busy, so if you’re planning to visit during between June and August, advanced booking is advised and crowds should be expected.
The smaller Azores Islands of Flores and Corvo are very quiet most of the year, which is in line with the limited number of accommodation and dining options on the islands. Both spring and fall are great times to visit the bucolic archipelago, as the landscape transforms, offering fantastic scenery and a pleasant climate. Trips during the fall also provide visitors with the opportunity to savor the lively wine-making festival on the island of Pico, which falls in the first week of September and has been celebrated for more than a century. Many other events and religious festivals are held throughout they year, particularly during the warm summer months.