Azores Flights:

Flights to Azores

image of AzoresThe Autonomous Region of the Azores is an archipelago of islands in the Atlantic Ocean 1,500 kilometres from Lisbon. The Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal and so the official language is Portuguese and the currency is the Euro. The Azores are known for their warm climate, beautiful scenery and diverse culture, making the islands a popular tourist destination.

The main entry point for flights to the Azores is the Ponta Delgada Airport (airport code: PDL), and from there you can get a local Azores flight to any of the islands with Azores Express or SATA Azores. From South Africa, all flights to the Azores have 2 stops. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both have connections in London and Lisbon, but TAP Air Portugal goes through Luanda and Lisbon instead. For a different route, you can take a flight to the Azores with Lufthansa and stop in Frankfurt and Porto.

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The Tourist Attractions of Azores:

There are nine major islands in the Azores and the archipelago spans a distance of around 600 kilometres, so the islands are fairly well spaced out. This is why you’ll need to catch a flight if you want to do any island hopping in the Azores! The volcanic islands feature great scenery and peaks to explore, and as the Azores have been settled for hundreds of years there’s plenty of history and culture to discover here too.

Sao Miguel
Sao Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and is home to the region’s capital and largest city, Ponta Delgada. As this is also the location of the airport most visitors will arrive here on a flight to the Azores, making this a popular tourist destination.

Ponta Delgada has a historic centre, though the second largest town on the island, Ribeira Grande also has a very pretty historic centre.

Sao Miguel isn’t well known for its beaches but it does have rugged landscapes and scenery to enjoy as well as crater lakes, calderas, host springs and more, making this a popular destination for those who enjoy hiking and scenery.

Terceira Island
Terceira is the second largest island of the Azores and is home to what was the historic capital of the Azores, Angra do Heroismo. This is the oldest city in the Azores and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination. There are numerous landmarks to see here including the Old Square, the fortress, Palace of the Captains-General and more.

Pico Island
Pico Island is home to the highest point in the Azores, and also Portugal as a whole, Ponta do Pico. As well as this towering mountain, Pico is well known for its viticulture that dates back to the 15th century and because of the cultural importance of this region the ‘Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture’ has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.

Santa Maria
Visitors looking for some of the Azores beautiful white, sand beaches should come to the island of Santa Maria as there are some truly beautiful beaches here. As with the other islands in the Azores, Santa Maria also offers history and culture including numerous forts and churches.

When Should You Visit?:

Being spread over a large distance there are of course some differences between the islands of the Azores but generally speaking you can enjoy mild to warm weather throughout the year. Average high temperatures in August are 24.8C and the summer months, between May and August have the lowest rainfall. Winters remain mild so are ok for sightseeing. The average high in January is 16C.

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