dress: Façon Jacmin
Mid June we traded the ratrace for the island life and headed to the Azores for 10 days. The Azores are an island archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Part of Portugal and being both 4 hours flight from Brussels and Boston, Sao Miguel, the main island, is your perfect exotic getaway for Europeans and Americans alike.
When you start researching your trip to the Azores one of the first things you’ll notice is how green and lush it all looks. Every leaf of it is true, but everything comes at a price. Green means water, water means unpredictable weather or a moist environment. They sometimes joke that you might encounter 4 seasons in a day when traveling the Azores and it’s not a totally crazy idea, although the temperatures rarely drop below 15°C during the whole year. Being prepared for rain, sunshine, moist, heat, hiking and relaxing, it was quite the challenge to pack my suitcase. That is why I have gathered 5 of my close personal tips to pack for an Azorean holiday!
dress: Pluto On The Moon
1. ONE-PIECE WARDROBE
As your suitcase will be quite full, you might not be able to pack all the seperates you need that might make a good cross combo. That is why I chose to pack a one-piece wardrobe for this holiday. All those summer dresses hanging in your closet all year round might come in really handy! I went from a short vintage dress and a shirt dress suitable for hiking, to a floor sweeping cotton summer beach gown and a babydoll beauty to wide kaftan shaped dresses and a ¾ sleeved one. Add a stylish loose sweater in the mix you can throw over all the above and you’re on your way. Of course I packed my Levi’s shorts for hiking too and included a t-shirt or two, but the dresses were my most loyal companions on this trip.
dress: Paul & Joe Sister from Baby Beluga Antwerp / sunglasses: Komono
2. BRING A STYLISH RAINCOAT
When working with a one-piece wardrobe you’ll have to provide a stylish rain coat option: long enough to keep your outfit dry and neutral in color to suit all combination. My longline Stutterheim white rain coat was a perfect match for the occasion!
3. FLATS, SANDALS AND A PAIR OF HIKING BOOTS WILL DO
Don’t even bother bringing heels. I had them with me but I never even considered putting them on. After all the hiking, your feet will be glad to relax. Nobody will expect you to wear heels neighter, so go flat and relax! Hiking boots are a must if you want to discover the more beautiful uncrowded hiking trails.
dress: Julia June / flats: What For / sunglasses: Neubau eyewear
4. A RANGE OF SWIMWEAR
Never leave your hotel without a swimsuit and towel in the trunk of your car (you really need to rent a car on this island) or wear it under your outfit. The Azores are a volcanic island group, you’ll find naturally heated pools on several locations, some of them in the most beautiful jungle setting you can imagine, so a dip in the hot water is a must! The sulfer does color the water in a clay rusty color, so don’t wear your new white bikini in those pools, keep that one for the beautiful dark beaches or the B&B pool! So one set of swimwear just won’t do.
dress: vintage / sandals: Teva
Don’t go to the Azores for a sunbathing holiday. You might be able to do so on several occasion, but when the clouds roll in, temperatures drop, the winds can set in, and rain drops might be on the menu. So when you’re leaving in the morning to discover different parts of the island, wear layers, you’ll be happy to move from swimwear, over sun dress to sweater and raincoat.
But don’t let the changeable weather hold you back. The island of Sao Miguel has so much beauty to offer whatever the weather! I’ll tell you all about that beauty in another post.