Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially among younger generations.
The weather is very mild but Azores is well known for its cloudy weather. Regular rain normally happened during afternoon just like a tropical country as if it had some kind of schedule!
March and April may be the best months to visit the island, when the sun is shining, green all around and swell from north Atlantic is still getting to shore....
Although, it’s during winter that the best swell arrives!
Logically almost all the dishes here are about fish and seafood but Azores cuisine isn’t much different from Portuguese cuisine. Sometimes it may change the name but not the dish itself!
You can have a full meal for very reasonable prices everywhere! Despite being part of Portugal you’ll see big difference, especially on prices…
Service charges are usually added to hotel and restaurant bills, otherwise it is customary to leave no more than 10% tip. Bar staff and taxi drivers also expect tips, which usually entails rounding up of the bill to the nearest Euro.
Local time is GMT-1
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. outlets will fit the Europlug - round two-pin plugs.
There are no health risks attached to travel to Azores. Health facilities are good and reciprocal health agreements exist with most European countries, including the UK, whose citizens can receive low-cost emergency care at state hospitals. It is advisable that travellers obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travel. Dental care and repatriation costs are not covered under this agreement, and medical insurance is therefore advised.
Safety is not a problem for travel in Azores.
Travelers arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 2 litres of liquor; 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; gifts up to the value of €33.50.
Entry requirements - Visas
The Schengen Treaty is fully applied in Azores.
For EU countries or those under the Schengen Treaty, you may remain in Azores as a tourist for a period not exceeding three months. If you intend to settle, you must apply for a Registration Certificate from the local Camara Municipal (Town Hall) or from the nearest office of the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Portuguese immigration authority).It is a legal requirement for foreigners to show some form of identification on request.
You need a valid passport or identity document for entry to and exit from Azores. There is no minimum passport/document validity requirement but you should ensure that it is valid for the proposed period of your stay.
For other nationalities, procedures and required documents change according to different protocols established with those countries. Please check it in your island before travelling.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is necessary for entry for anyone travelling from an infected area. A minor under the age of 18 travelling to Azores must either:
- be accompanied by a parent or guardian,
- carry a letter of authorisation to travel from a parent or guardian. The letter should name the adult responsible for the minor during his/her stay.
How to get there
You can get to Azores by plane. Many flight companies, including low-cost, operate more than one daily flight to Azores. There are plenty direct flights from almost all countries in Europe and overseas to Ponta Delgada airport. Other Azores Islands airports also have regular flights between Europe and USA. You can check here all the flight companies flying to Azores
There are no ferry connections from mainland to Azores yet. Only cargo…
The international access code for Azores is +351. There are no area or city codes required. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant island code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Azores is well covered by all modern mobile phone networks. Internet cafes are available in most towns and resorts.
- Tourist Information: 808781212
- National Information Service: 118
- Service Call for International Assistance: 120
- National calls to be paid at the destination: 120
- International Numbers Information Service: 177
- Weather Information Services: 12150
- Sports Information Service: 12157
- Poisoning: 808250143
- Civil Protection: 213148213
- GNR - Guarda Nacional Republicana: 213217000 / www.gnr.pt
- PSP - Police: www.psp.pt
American Express: 707504050 / 21427820502
Master Card: 800811272
Ponta Delgada: 296205400
Transport Information: www.transport.pt
Post Office phone number: 707262626