What is the climate like?
The Azores has a mild maritime climate controlled by the high pressure area, known as the “Azores High”, and the warm Gulf Stream. Statistically temperatures vary between 13º and 14º C (55º-57ºF) during the winter and 22º-23ºC (72º-73ºF) during the summer, frequently climbing to the high twenties and even low thirties in July and August. The sea temperatures vary from between 14-15ºC (57-59ºF) in winter and 22-23ºC (72º-73ºF) in the height of the summer, largely due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. Rain falls throughout the year, however in summer the showers are brief although sometimes very heavy. There is an average of 78% humidity.
What is the cost of living in the Azores?
In general terms we estimate around 25% less on the average food bill, than UK. A visit to the café illustrates one big difference – an espresso coffee costs 50 cents, a latte 70 cents and the cake or sandwich to go with it rarely more than a euro. House insurance for a modest house is around 200 euros and a small family car will cost you about 175 euros to insure. The islands’ mild climate means you need to spend less on heating and warm clothes.
What health service is provided?
Faial has an excellent hospital, with an accident and emergency unit, and also a Health Centre. Each village also holds surgeries each week in the village hall.
Will we be able to use cash machines to withdraw money whilst on the island or should we bring travelers cheques with us?
There are plenty of cash machines in Horta and one at the airport, too. Traveler’s cheques can prove expensive to cash.
Do mobile phones work on the islands?
Yes. There are a few areas where the signal is not good, but that is mostly out in the countryside, well away from any buildings.
Can I get broadband connection to the Internet?
Yes. Most villages have ADSL and there are hotspots in Horta and at the airport.