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Azores car hire tips
Where to pick up your car
There are 9 islands in the Azores, each with their own car rental facilities. The largest and most popular island is Sao Miguel.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in the Azores are Ilha Verde, Rentacar, Micauto, Autatlantis and Keddy.
Warmest month: August (22°C)
Coldest month: February (13°C)
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Hire a car in the Azores
They're hardly visible on a map of the world, yet the Azores have an immense impact on their visitors.
The nine small remote islands seem to emerge from nowhere out of the middle of the Atlantic. An autonomous region of Portugal, the islands may share similar cultural characteristics with the mainland, but their landscape is dramatically different.
These volcanic gems are a mix of lush tropical greenery and northern wilderness, making hiring a car to discover the region the obvious choice. Get ready to discover the Azores and their lava fields, volcanic caves and crater lakes by searching for your perfect car hire with easyCar.
Get to know the Azores
The largest and most populous island, most budget airlines fly to its capital Ponta Delgada, making it the most popular island for visitors. Dubbed the Green Island, São Miguel highlights range from waterfalls and secluded swimming pools to secret garden forests.
Scattered with cliffs, this long tall island is a surfing dream and extreme sports destination. It’s most well known for its fajãs – platform-like coastal features created from lava flows – that are used as hiking paths.
This central island, often referred to as the Black Island, due to its volcanic earth, is the second largest within the archipelago. It’s home to the attention-commanding Mount Pico as well as UNESCO designated vineyards.
One of the two most western islands, Flores is slightly harder to reach and more off the tourist track than its neighbours. It’s an eco-tourism destination overflowing with cliffs covered in green and valleys of flowers, which is how it gained its name.
Tips for car hire in the Azores
Bus networks across the islands won’t take you close to the main sights, and taxis and private guides will charge over the top rates, so renting a car is key.
|Frequently asked question||Answer|
|Most popular place to hire a car in the Azores||Ponta Delgada Airport|
|Most popular rental length||Four to seven days|
|Most popular month to rent a car||August, when a hire car costs on average £44.10 per day|
|Cheapest month / most expensive month||Average cost per day of car hire in the Azores*|
Be sure to park in the same direction of the traffic. It is illegal to park facing oncoming traffic.
The majority of petrol stations take credit cards, note though that a tax of €0.50 will be added to any transaction paid by card.
The underrated island
Don’t be fooled into thinking the small island of Faial has nothing new to offer when compared to its larger neighbouring islands – every island has its own personality. Plot out your road trip ahead of time, and you could see all the main sites on Faial within a day or two.
On the Western Coast of the island, you’ll find the Varadouro natural swimming pools. Formed by black basaltic rocks (hardened lava), they are favourite spot with locals during the summer months and a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors to relax.
After, head to Capelinhos at the centre of the island. This eruption site created an entirely new part of the island in 1957 and resembles a barren moon-like piece of land.
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The ultimate Azores road trip
Ponta Delgada Airport PDL
The main entry point to the Azores.
Car hire pick up point
All rental desks are located in the car rental area of the terminal.
These glimmering twin lakes are the site of legends and stunning scenery.
Walk through one of the island’s two tea plantations and try a fresh cup of tea, straight from the source!
Near this small village you’ll find hot springs in volcanic craters where locals cook their traditional meals underground.
Lagoa do Fogo
A famed crater lake surrounded by lavish green hills and hiking trails with incredible views.