Insider Tips

Pro Tips & Practical Info

What to know before you go

 

Government 

The Azores are an Autonomous Region of Portugal and a part of the European Union. 


Currency

The Azores use the Euro, though major credit cards will work and ATMs are widely available. ATMs are found in most of the large villages and towns, while credit cards are accepted in the majority of establishments. If you’re flying direct to the Azores, currency can be exchanged at airports, banks and hotels.


Language

The official language spoken in the Azores is Portuguese, but a majority of the local population is proficient in English, especially in the more tourist-heavy spots.


Internet and WiFi

Free WiFi is widely available in many public areas, restaurants, bars, shopping centers and hotels, but you should contact your mobile provider ahead of your trip and find out about international data rates and roaming.


Voltage 

The Azores uses electricity at 220-240V, 50Hz with European standard Europlug and Schuko plug sockets. If you plan on using electrical appliances that operate on a different voltage, a transformer is required, while appliances that have different plugs will need an adapter.


Attire

Dress in the Azores is fairly casual, particularly during the day. Comfortable athletic wear is perfectly acceptable during the day; smart casual dress is recommended for dinner.


What to Pack

Bathing suits (PRO TIP: Bring a dark colored bathing suit if you plan to visit the hot springs!) 

Water shoes

Sunblock

Sunglasses/sun hat

Power plug adaptor/voltage converter

Camera and/or Camera Phone 

Lightweight coat/windbreaker or raincoat

Walking shoes/sneakers (sandals or flip-flops for pool or dinners only)

Comfortable/athletic wear/shorts

Lightweight sack/shoulder bag for walks/hikes

 

Emergency Contact: Dial 112

The Azores Getaways Customer Care team is available 7 days a week to answer your concerns by phone, email or chat, but in the case of an emergency, you should dial 112.

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