USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION
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Every principal town has a hospital with an emergency department or a health center. The EHIC (european Health Insurance Card) is widely accepted, but private travel insurance is always recommended.
General opening hours of pharmacies are from Monday to Saturday between 9am - 1pm and 3 - 7pm.
All people arriving to the Azores must present proof, in digital or paper format, of a document issued by a laboratory stating the passenger’s identification, the laboratory where the test was performed, the date of the test and the NEGATIVE result.
You can also request to schedule a screening test to SARS-CoV2 with one of the contracted laboratories and attach the result afterwards.
Upon your entry to the Azores, you must fill in a questionnaire and submit the result of your test within 72 hours before the beginning of your trip.
If you show any SYMPTOMS while on the Azores or have CLINICAL QUESTIONS, call 808 24 60 24, for assessment by a nurse, or send an email to email@example.com.
For further and up-to-date information, please visit https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal
MONEY AND PRICE LEVEL
Like mainland Portugal, the Azores are part of the Eurozone. ATMs are common and it is possible to withdraw cash with your bank or credit card. Individual bank charges apply.
Most hotels, restaurants and operators accept card payments, especially in the more populated and urban areas. It is always advisable to carry a few euros in cash for smaller transactions. Also, quite often bars or taxis would only accept cash.
Despite their isolated islands location, the Azores are quite affordable. A 2l bottle of water or a fresh cup of coffee come in under € 1 and you can buy a decent enough bottle of wine in the
supermarket for less than € 5. Price levels vary when dining out, but an average meal for one person in a restaurant including an alcoholic beverage comes out at around € 15. Petiscos (Portuguese tapas) or a glass of beer or wine in a mid-class bar or restaurant cost you around € 1, but will be more depending on the exclusivity of the place. A taxi ride costs about € 0,75 per km.
Shops - Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm and 3 - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm
Banks - Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:45pm
Post offices - Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm and 3 - 6pm
220 Volt/50 Hertz alternating current.
New Years Day
Friday before Easter
Monday after Easter
Freedom Day / Day of the Carnation Revolution
60 days after Easter Sunday
Assumption of Maria
Day of the Republic
All Saints Day
Restoration of Independence Day
FESTIVITIES & EVENTS
Festivities are centred around religious traditions and every island has its own celebration of saints, which usually take place over the summer months. Additionally, holy spirit celebrations (‘festas do espirito santo') take place between April and September, peaking in the crowning of a ‘farmers king”, where the special ‘holy spirit soup’ is prepared in giant cauldrons and served with blessed cornbread. Due to the frequency of religious festivities, you can almost enjoy a local celebration every week over the summer on some of the islands.
Furnas / Sao Miguel
Festa do Senhor dos Enfermos, flower decorations are brought up to celebrate the ill and those in need
Sunday after Easter
Velas / Sao Jorge
Semana Cultural, showcasing traditional and local arts, music and crafts
Horta / Faial
Peter Cafe Sport Triathlon, surf from Velas / Sao Jorge to Cais / Pico, mountain bike through the Pico mountains and kayak from Pico to Horta
Late April, ever two years
Ponta Delgada / Sao Miguel
Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres - people from Vila Franca do Campo move through the streets of Ponta Delgada in medieval robes
five weeks after Easter
Angra do Heroismo or Praia da Vitoria / Terceira (alternating each year)
San Joaninas - celebration of the Holy Joaninas with cultural programs and processions
Ribeira Seca and Ribeira Grande / Sao Miguel
Cavalhadas de Sao Pedro - processions with horses
Calheta / Sao Jorge
Festival do Julho - festival with music, exhibitions, sport events, entertainment for kids and bull hunt at the end
Horta / Faial
Semana do Mar - crafts, music, food and drink, water games and a sailing race between Horta and Pico
second weekend in August
Praia Formosa / Santa Mar
Festival Mare de Agosto - music festival
second half of August
Lajes do Pico / Pico
Semana dos Baleeiros - traditional festival dating back to 1883 to celebrate whalers, music, food and drink
last week in August
Faja do Santo Cristo / Sao Jorge
Romaria de Santo Cristo - pilgrimage to Faja do Santo Cristo
first Sunday in September