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Azores

WE would like to visit the azores next May ..... but cannot find any flights. Any idea which aiport in Portugal flights leave from? Which is best island to visit and how does one get from island to island - is it easy to do so? Day trips or longer?

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1. Re: Azores

You need to look at the website for SATA the airline of the Azores. http://www.sata.pt/pt-pt and also TAP.

Get from island to island - SATA have daily inter-island flights to all islands, generally 2xdaily.

Which is best island - that's more difficult - depends what you like to do. They are all different; Sao Miguel has great landscape. As has Flores and others. They are all very green - beaches are few and far between so don't go if you are looking for a beach holiday but if you like landscape and the quiet life then its wonderful.

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You can find flights from Lisbon and Porto. Just have to know the name of the city in each island.

Inter-island flights can be unpredictable due to the weather and some don't have daily flights.

São Miguel is the biggest (city - Ponta Delgada) and from there you can go by ferry to Stª Maria.

If you go to Faial (city - Horta) you can, very easily, go by ferry to Pico and S. Jorge.

I've been to the 9 islands and just love Azores, in a sunny day the sea has a fantastic dark deep blue, it's a great place to scuba diving and whale watching.

Feel free to ask questions.

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I would like to inform you that there are direct flights from several cities in the Europe to Ponta Delgada. It's possible from London/Gatwick, Manchester, Frankfurt, Las Palmas, and others. We also have flights to Boston and Toronto.

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Thanks for the info.

Is May a good time to visit?

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Another query - would the week of Easter be very busy there because of school holidays in Europe?

Have to assimilate & digest the info received so far then may have more queries!!

Many thanks

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The weather in the Azores is very changeable, you can have all types of weather in one day regardless of the time of year. May to August is generally the best months to visit for the best chance of good weather.

Don’t worry about the Easter school holidays, may be more children around in the main cities but the Azores is not commercialised and this will not be a problem.

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The last time that we went to the Azores it was in April '09 and the weather was sunny and pleasant. May might be even nicer. We are returning in April and will be there during Easter week which could be interesting. Enjoy your trip.

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I lived on the island, in Ponta Delgada for two years - frankly can't wait to return permanently - and May is a very nice time to visit - the hydrangeas are line many of the country roads are in full bloom - gardens are alive with color and fragrance. Always expect a shower or two - even a [rare for May] day of rain - but that's true at any time of the year. As to Easter - the islands are very Catholic and as a result being there around Easter will give you a very complete experience of island life and culture. You'll stumble across many feasts and processions - feel free to mix in and enjoy right along with everyone else - Azoreans are nothing if not welcoming. So it's actually a plus - don't worry about school kids - Ponta Delgada is basically a college town and they're everywhere everyday - I never noticed the differnace during vacations .

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This year if you come at the last week of May you will see the biggest Azorean Religous Festivities "Santo Cristo dos Milagres". It is always at the 5th Sunday after Easter. This year on the 29th of May.

It starts on Thursday with the lighting the lights of the "Santo Cristo" church. The promisses on Saturday around the Sao Franciso square, and the strongest day is on Sunday with the procession in the city of Ponta Delgada. Finishing on the next Thursday. That week can be a litle bit more busy, but still the Azores is not a big touristic area or it is undescovered tresure!

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Hey, if you live in the US, SATA Azores express has 6 night air and hotel packages from Boston that are a good deal. From Boston it is a 4 hour flight to Sao Miguel

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