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6 Reasons Why Spring Is The Best Time To Visit These Breathtaking European Islands

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We’ve all seen photos of Lisbon’s signature terracotta roofs and cobblestone streets on Instagram, but have you ever heard of the Azores islands? 

These nine small islands making up an archipelago off Portugal's coast may just land on top of your bucket list when you learn of all they have to offer. 

If you’re still deciding where to take your spring holiday, imagine endless dramatic coastlines, lagoons, waterfalls, and hiking volcanoes for your next adventure.

Aerial View of Island in the Azores

Traveling to the Azores is an awe-inspiring experience, and the coming months are the perfect time to visit this underrated destination.

Cheaper Flights

Choosing destinations based on available cheap flights is a key trick to saving money, and getting to the Azores could be more affordable than you thought. 

Azores Airlines is offering round-trip economy flights to Sao Miguel, the largest Azores island, for as low as $493. 

Specifically, a week trip from Boston in early April with a 6-hour layover en-route goes for just $493 if you book economy with Gotogate.

We also found flights costing around $500 for a 2 week trip departing from JFK in late March–both the departure and return trips are non stop.

The fares include one personal item and carry-on bag; a 23 kg checked bag can be added for $30.

If you’re keen on visiting these islands, it’d be wise to book now, as flight prices often change.

Lagoa das Sete Cidades Lake in Sao Miguel, Azores,Portugal

Temperate Spring Weather

The turn of seasons brings the islands to life following their mild winter and rainy months. 

If you visit the Azores in the Spring, expect average high temperatures in the comfortable 60s. 

And while traveling these islands in spring doesn’t promise warm seawater, if you don’t mind a bit of nip, the beaches here are unique. 

Interesting rock formations, volcanic coves, black sands, and clear blue waters make up the coastlines of the Azores.

The abundance of hot springs scattered throughout the islands makes up for the chilly beaches.

If you visit in spring, you may have them to yourself!

Traveling the Azores in spring also comes with the advantage of catching the landscape at its lushest from the rains and perfect daytime temperatures for hikes.

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It's When Nature Is At Its Best

Sweeping vistas and unspoiled nature are the main draws of these islands, which were recently crowned “Best Adventure Destination” at the World Travel Awards. 

Nature lovers will find their haven here among the dense forests, vast coastlines, and majestic mountain ranges. 

Spring is the ideal time to take advantage of all the beauty the Azores have to offer, as flowers are starting to burst into full color.

The waters here are a great place to spot different species of whales and dolphins, with peak season being from April through to October. 

Visiting mid-April to mid-May rewards travelers with larger migratory species, such as blue whales and fin whales, passing through local waters.

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The Festivals and Local Holidays

Spring sees a flurry of activity on these islands. 

The Azores’s largest religious festival occurs shortly after Easter and has festivities, a parade, and vendors lining the streets of Ponta Del Gada.

Tremor Festival takes place in Sao Miguel from March 19-23 and brings an eclectic group of musicians to the island for a celebration of music and creative expression.

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Visiting In Shoulder Season Has Benefits

As the travel industry roars back to life following covid, trendy countries like Portugal are attracting record numbers of tourists.

While Europe’s peak season has been expanding, visiting the Azores in Spring is a good choice to beat the worst of the crowds.

Visiting in the Spring can also save you money on your trip.

By not traveling in the peak summer months, you’ll avoid inflated airfares and hotel prices.

Lighthouse on the island of Faial Azores

Go For The Local Flavors

It's understood that most island destinations have to import food, but you’ll be surprised to find out that the Azores grows much of its own produce. 

In fact, in Lisbon, you’ll find many markets boasting they sell Azores-grown produce. 

The local food is divine and extremely fresh–you can even try cozido das furnas, a stew that's cooked in a volcano.

The islands are also scattered with wineries producing quality blends you can enjoy after a long day of exploring.

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