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THE AZORES

We have gathered some useful information to help you plan and best prepare for your next adventure to the Azores! Browse through the information below or visit our travel bonanza for more stories and tips!

THE AZORES

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EU or Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Azores, but a valid passport / ID card has to be presented upon entrance. Visitors travelling from outside the EU or Schengen area might need a visa upon entering any EU country, even though a number of countries will not require a visa. Documents like an invitation letter, a proof of lodging or a round-trip ticket might be required. Please check with your local consular services.

SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

For comprehensive and up-to-date information on the current situation and restrictions in place, please visit and check the advise on the pages of Visit 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

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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.

OPENING HOURS

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

ELECTRICITY

220 Volt/50 Hertz alternating current.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

January 1

New Years Day

Friday before Easter

Good Friday

Monday after Easter

Easter Sunday

April 25

Freedom Day / Day of the Carnation Revolution

May 1

Labour Day

60 days after Easter Sunday

Corpus Cristi

June 10

Portugal Day

August 15

Assumption of Maria

October 5

Day of the Republic

November 1

All Saints Day

December 1

Restoration of Independence Day

December 8

Immaculate Conception

December 25

Christmas Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

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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

Mid April

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

June 24

Ribeira Seca and Ribeira Grande / Sao Miguel

Cavalhadas de Sao Pedro - processions with horses

June 29

Calheta / Sao Jorge

Festival do Julho - festival with music, exhibitions, sport events, entertainment for kids and bull hunt at the end

mid July

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

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