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By No owner — last modified Oct 04, 2016 02:55 PM

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Facts

  • Most yachts stop in the Azores on their way east across the Atlantic, although some call on their way west or when sailing from the South Atlantic towards Northern Europe. Although hundreds of yachts call every year, very few of them cruise around the islands and the majority stop only in Horta, on the island of Faial, one of the perennially favourite places of long-distance sailors.
  • With their secluded bays, uncrowded anchorages and protected harbours, the rest of the Azores are still waiting to be discovered as a cruising destination in their own right.
  • Yachting facilities are concentrated in different ports: Horta, Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroismo, Praia da Vitoria and Santa Maria.
  • Flores now has a new, small marina in Lajes das Flores, run by a very cruiser-friendly manager. A good choice for shelter in anything but a N/NEasterly and a delightful island to visit.

Weather

The climate in the Azores is dominated by the mid-Atlantic area of high pressure which bears their name. The position of the Azores high varies with the season, being more northerly in the autumn and more southerly in the spring, usually lying to the S or SW of the islands. In winter the area can be stormy and very wet, while in the summer the Azores high can be stationary with prolonged periods of calm weather.

A long-term weather forecast can be obtained from the Meteorological Observatory in Horta; it is best to do this through Horta Marina. A daily prognosis is also posted at the offices of the marina and the port authority.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Most of the marinas belong to the same company and tend to have the same price (Praia da Vitoria is reported to be the cheapest).

Corvo: Corvo

Faial: Horta *

Flores: Lajes das Flores * , Santa Cruz das Flores

Graciosa: Vila da Praia *

Pico: Cais do Pico , Lajes do Pico , Madalena

Santa Maria: Vila do Porto *

Sao Jorge: Vila das Velas

Sao Miguel: Ponta Delgada * , Vila Franca do Campo

Terceira: Angra do Heroismo * , Praia da Vitoria *

* indicates port of entry

svgoldenglow
svgoldenglow says:
Oct 02, 2016 12:45 PM

Must do's if you have time on Terceira:
1. Go to the local town where there is a "running of the bulls" that particular evening (they move them from town to town). The reason to go is more to observe the way the locals commune around this event than to see the bulls themselves, who are given stimulants and then downers when they are still in their bright red boxes before being released to put on their show.
2. Terceira has several interesting caves that are worth visiting, donning the requisite hard hats, and exploring on guided tour.
3. Lastly, driving across the island and enjoying the miles of hydrangeas lining the roads is another not-to-miss experience on Terceira in the spring/summer.

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