What to Wear in Azores

Walking the craters, Faial Island, September

Walking the craters, Faial Island, September

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island in September

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island in September

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General Style Tips

  • To fit in, opt for a smart, casual stylish look. The Azores is very popular with the yachting set - so think deck shoes, smart jeans or chinos, long-sleeved shirts.
  • Whether you are in the major resort towns, countryside or at the beach, dress is relaxed and practical but still stylish and smart.
  • Pack light; it's easy to wash and quickly dry your clothes.
  • The summers are very hot and lightweight breathable fabrics will work best in the heat.
  • When visiting restaurants, smart shorts are perfectly acceptable.
  • If you're planning to enjoy walks around the islands and the volcanic craters you'll need outdoor gear.
  • This is a catholic country that observes its festivals, so do make sure you cover up in church.

What Shoes To Pack

  • There is no doubt that the best way to see the sights is on foot, and with lots of cobbled streets be sure to pack comfy footwear for daytime (we love Hotter shoes - they're lightweight, comfy and stylish too!).
  • For countryside walking pack good sturdy boots with ankle support.
  • Leave sneakers behind when dining out; this is a time to get those stylish shoes on.
  • With the uneven surfaces, smart sandals are probably a better idea than heels for evenings out. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • If you want to blend in and feel at your most comfortable then pack smart casual dress.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • A smart pashmina or scarf will add a bit of 'glam' too, plus keep you warm if the air conditioning proves too fierce.
  • Restaurant dress is smart casual; a simple sundress with jewelry and a pretty scarf, or pants with a wrap will work well.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • Travel light; shorts are a safe bet but pop in a long pair of pants too for smarter dining.
  • Restaurant dress is smart casual but there is no need for ties or jackets. In fact, in the heat of the summer many men opt for smart shorts.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • The weather is very changeable but temperatures are mild all year round.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat or small travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • Winter months - November, December, January, February and March - are warm. As is Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) and dressing in layers will help you cope with any temperature changes.
  • In the summer - June, July and August - it is hotter, so wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Azores

  • This is a great destination for walking, be it long distance crater or island walking or shorter walks. If you're heading into the countryside be sure to wear good walking boots with ankle support. And we like Thorlos hiking socks - they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable in hotter climes. If your vacation is primarily a walking one you may like to follow our trekking packing list.
  • Make sure you have your swimwear to hand if you'd like to dip in the thermal pool in Furnas. A microfiber travel towel will be handy to dry off afterwards - they're small and light and easy to pack, and dry really quickly too.
  • Whale watching is a popular trip from various places, the best being Pico and Faial between May and early October. Breezes will make it feel cooler out at sea so take something to pop round you, but don't forget the sun will be strong and its rays are intensified by the water so wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and sunglasses. You may like to pack a sea-sickness remedy too!

Other Things To Pack

  • You can buy your toiletries and sunscreen there, but there is a limited choice and they can be a good deal more expensive than at home.
  • English is widely spoken, but the locals will appreciate your efforts with a few words of Portuguese so a phrasebook or app will be useful.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • If you are out all day and use your phone as a camera too your battery can run low fairly quickly. Consider taking a solar powered charger to top up - the last thing you want to do is miss a great photo opportunity or get stranded on a mountain road without a phone.
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Look for Azorean lace, tea or pineapple liqueur - but remember any liquids must be packed in your checked-in luggage.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.