General information and f.a.q.
about the Azores.



                                    History          Climate       The coastline         Currency        Disability        Where to stay    

                                Electricity          Fishing           Flora         Tourist-offices           Fauna       Food and drinks   

                                         Getting there   Hunting     Hospitals      Tourism       Whalehunting      Holidays         Walks         

                                         Internetcafees         Language        Price level         Shopping        Respect and encounter    

                                         Sports and recreation     Transportation from island to island  Local transportation  Location  
















                         Delegacao de Turismo dos Acores em Lisboa
                         Rua dos Navegantes 21, 2
                         1200  Lisboa
                         Tel.:  21 3964542 - Fax : 21 3964532

                         Terceira :

                          Delegacao de Turismo da Terceira
                          Rua Direita 70-74
                          9700-066  Angra do Heroismo
                          Tel.: 295 213393 - Fax: 295 212922

                           Lajes Airport, Terceira :

                           Posto de Turismo do Aeroporto das Lajes
                           Tel/Fax : 295 513140

                           Sao Miguel :

                           Delegacao de Turismo de Sao Miguel
                           Av. Infante D. Henrique
                           9504-528  Ponta Delgada
                           Tel.: 296 285743 / 296 285125 - Fax: 296 292211

                           Furnas :

                           Posto de Turismo das Furnas
                           Tel.: 296 584525

                           Aeroporto :

                           Posto de Turismo do Aeroporto de Ponta Delgada
                           Tel.: 296 284569

                           Posto de Torismo
                           Rua Dr.Urbano Mendonça Dias
Vila Franca do Campo:
                           Åben alle dage 11.00 - 22.00

                           Ribeira Grande:

                           Posto de Turismo da Ribeira Grande
                           Largo Cons. Artur Hintze Ribeiro (Paraíso)
                           Telef. 296 472 118

                            Pico :

                            Posto de Turismo do Pico
                            Rua Conselheiro Terra Pinheiro
                            9950  Madalena
                            Tel.: 292 623524

                            Santa Maria :

                             Posto de Turismo de Santa Maria
                             9950  Vila do Porto
                             Tel.: 296 886355

                             Graciosa :

                             Posto de Turismo da Graciosa
                             9980  Santa Cruz da Graciosa
                             Tel.: 295 712509

                             Sao Jorge :

                              Posto de Turismo de Sao Jorge
                              R. Conselheiro Dr. Jose Pereira
                              9800  Velas
                              Tel.: 295 412440

                              Flores :

                              Posto de Turismo das Flores
                              9580  Santa Cruz das Flores
                              Tel.: 292 52369

                              Porto :

                              Posto de Turismo dos Acores no Porto
                              Rua do Bonfim 163
                              4300-069  Porto
                              Tel.: 22 5108652 - Fax: 22 5194059

                              Faial :

                              Posto de Turismo do Faial
                              Rua Vasco da Gama
                              9900-117 Horta
                              Tel.: 292 292237 - Fax: 292 292006














                      The Azores consist of 9 small islands made from volcano eruptions, located in the Atlantic Ocean almost halfway 
                      between Lisbon and New York. It takes about 2 hours to fly from Lisbon to the Azores. The total area is about 
                      2.333 km2. There are great variation in the size of the islands. São Miguel is the biggest with 747 km2. Corvo
                      is the smallest with only 17 km2.


















                     Walking in the unspoiled nature is a must visiting the Azores. On all islands you will find marked trails which are easy 
                     to follow. Before starting these wonderful walks, buy  the book " Percursos Naturais - Nature Walks " at the tourist 
                     Office or at the local  bookstore on the Azores. It contains detailed descriptions and maps covering the trails. Don't 
                     leave without a map covering the area in details, at least 1:75.000.

                     Please note that use of mobile phones in remote areas can be very difficult or even not possible.


















                    You will find a numerous of varieties of flower on the Azores. More that 55 very rear you will find only on this place 
                    on the earth. This make the Azores to a very exiting Botanic Garden. 

                    Cedar, Heather, Wild Grapes, Wild Ginger, Mahogany, Japanese Pine,  Hortencias, Azalea, Camellia. The most 
                    common is Hortencias. It grows wild all over the islands.


















                      Birds are the most attractive animal in the local fauna, in which many species are only to be seen here on the 
                      Azores. Several species of the eagle-family and seabirds. The ocean around Azores is an aquarium with hun-
                      dreds of different fish and shellfish and the oceans big mammals. A lot of rabbits and hares can be seen and 

















                     The Portuguese arrived in 1427 with the discovery of the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel. Due to its 
                     strategic geographic position, the archipelago was to become one of the axis of navigation between Europe,
                     the Orient and America during the course of the 16th and 17th centuries. This period saw many major naval 
                     battles take place off the Azores as a result of pirate attacks. Subsequent centuries saw the development of 
                     the islands, the introduction of new agriculture, and the development of cattle breeding and fishing. Having 
                     constituted an integral part of Portugal from the very outset, today the Azores is an autonomous region en-
                     dowed with its own parliament and government.
















                     Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel :  Solmar Shoppingcenter, 
                                                                         Infante D. Henriques 71, 
                                                                         At the bookstore on 1. floor.

                                                                         In the shoppingmall "Parque Atlantico" at ”PONTO FM” on 1. floor. 2 € for ½ hour. 
                                                                         Free parking all day  at "Parque Atlantico". Open all days until 23.00.

                     Terceira:                                     "Centro Cultural de Congressos de Angra", Canada Nova, Angra do Heroismo. 
                                                                         Open 10.00-22.00 and it's free.

                     Vila do Porto, Santa Maria :    On the main street number. 88, next to the SATA-office. Open from 10.00 - 21.00, 
                                                                         and it's free.  


                      Horta, Faial :                             "Hotel Do Canal". (Internet access 24-7 also open for people not staying at the hotel.)

                                                                         "Hortanet" Rua Walter Bensaude 11.

                      Lajes, Flores:                            In the library in Lajes the are several computors. It's open from 09.00 to 17.00. And 
                                                                         It's free.






















                   The voltages on all of the islands is 220/380 volt alternating current. Don't forget adaptor.


















                       Price level:

                      Compared with other places in Europe and the U.S. it is inexpensive to stay and eat on the Azores.


















                   Where to stay:

                   There is a wide variety of opportunities concerning quality and price on hotels and residencias, ( pensions ). 
                   There are very good opportunities for private lodging. Whatever you those, it's all up to your wallet. The quality 
                   of residencias is almost as good as minor hotels, but a lot cheaper.

                   A few places you can stay at renowned manors or small castles. Those are usually placed into the countryside, 
                   and supposed to be very nice and expensive.

                   Some places you can stay at a farm, where there is a lot of animals, and of cause the owners family.

                   On most islands there are campsites at some poor quality, except for Furnas Camp Site on Sao Miguel. It's not  
                   allowed to camp outside the campsites
. Here are a few examples:


Parque de Campismo da Salga
Caminho de S. Sebastião
9700 Angra do Heroísmo
Tel: 295 905 451


Parque de Campismo das Cinco Ribeiras
Canada do Porto - Cinco Ribeiras
9700-721 Angra do Heroísmo
Tel: 295 907 200

                    Faial:   Praia do Almoxarife.  Tel: 292 292 131

                    Campsite placed close to the beach in the beautiful Almoxarife valley 3-4 km. from Horta. The site is supervised 
                    24 hours a day. They provide cooking and bathing facilities as well as hiring tents. There are restaurants in nearby.

                    Porto do Saláo

                    At Porto do Saláo on the north coast, there is a nice camp site, some "remote from everything". It has all facilities
                    including toilet, showers, BB grill, playground, kitchen facilities and even toilet accessible for wheel chairs. It's located
                    very close to the ocean, but no sandy beach.


                   Sao Jorge: Faja Grande.  Tel: 295 416 324

                   The campsite is just steps away from the splendid natural-rock pool at Faja Grande on the south coast of Sao 
                   Jorge. Supervised, the campsite has cooking, BBQ and bathing facilities, a snack-bar and children's playground. 
                   The campsite can provide tents. 

                   Parque de Campismo
                   Porto da Urzelina
                   Sao Mateus
                   Sao Jorge
                   Telf.:  295414401

                   There are also a campsite at Faja de Santo Cristo.


                   Graciosa: Carapacho  Tel: 295 712 125

                   The campsite is just 100 meters from the Carapacho hot springs and 200 meters from the swimming pools. The park 
                   has a snack-bar, picnic area, and kitchen and shower facilities. There are also cabins for rent.


                   Pico: Furna, Santo Antonio.  Tel: 292 642 135

                   On Pico's north coast, this camp site is set in a wooded area close to the sea. There are picnic and BBQ areas, 
                   a children playground, a tennis court and kitchen and bathing facilities. The campsite is supervised 24 hours a day, 
                   and they rent camping equipment. Less than 200 meters away there are several restaurants, a discothèque and a
                   beautiful bay - great for fishing, diving or just swimming. The Furna pools are nearby with shower facilities, access 
                   to the sea and leisure equipment.

                   Apart from these campsites there are others that I don't know about. All through it is common to camp where you can.
                   If it's close to private houses, ask for permission.

                   There is another campsite at Lajes do Pico behind the pharmacy. Here are nice W.C. and washing-facilities. Also a 
                   nice area with tables and chairs. The stay is free.


                  Flores: Fajes Grande

                  Here there is a campsite behind the cafeteria at the waterfront. Nice toilet and bathing-facilities. This campsite is free.

                  Sao Miguel: Furnas

                   In the Furnas Valley there is a nice campsite. 


                   Please note that from 2002 it is forbidden to camp outside this campsite area. You could get a fine as big 
                   as up to
500 EURO. This is to protect the environment and to avoid pollution.     


                   Parque de Campismo da Feira
                   Situado na margem da Ribeira do Guilherme, com acessos pela 
                   Vila do Nordeste e Fazenda
                   Tel. 296 488 680



















                     For generations, Azoreans have practiced their forefathers hunting skills. Mainly they hunt rabbits, the basic
                     hunters quarry in the Azores, and which, until recently, were abundant on all islands except Corvo.

                     Unfortunately, the rabbit population, in almost all the islands, has recently being decimated by an hemorrhagic
                     virus - known as the Chinese virus or R.H.V.D.– which has killed as many as ninety percent of the rabbit colonies.

                    As a result, during the hunting season of 1998/99, hunting was forbidden in various islands of the Azores. This 
                    year the situation has improved and rabbit hunting is once again allowed throughout the archipelago, though with 
                    some restrictions.

                    In the islands of Faial, Pico, Flores and São Jorge the hunting season is open throughout the year without restrictions.

                    In the island of Santa Maria, the hunting season opened on the first Sunday of September and will close on the last 
                    Sunday of December, with a limited number of ten rabbits per hunter per day. In some parts of Terceira and 
                    Graciosa hunting is allowed throughout the year, however, in other areas hunting is allowed only between August 
                    and December.

                    In S. Miguel and Terceira, quail hunting is allowed at the end of November and during the month of December.

                    All those who wish to hunt in the Azores may contact the Direccao Regional dos Recursos Florestais 
                    (tel. 096-286288), which has branches in every island, and which issues, besides the required license, the hunting 
                    schedule of each island, with the dates when the hunting of each specie is allowed in each island, the limit 
                    figures, time-tables, places and protected areas, etc.
















                   Sport Fishing is a favorite past-time in all the islands of the Azores be it in the ocean (Big Game Fishing) or 
                   inland (Lakes and Streams).

                   Companies that specialize in Big Game Fishing are based in Horta and in Ponta Delgada. Sport fishing in 
                   lakes and rivers is only permitted by license. These licenses are issued subject to the conditions outlined in the
                   local regulations.

                   There are four types of fishing licenses in the Azores for fishing in both public and private waters of the region, 
                   namely the Tourism License which allows for fishing in the Autonomous Region of the Azores every day for a 
                   maximum period of 30 days.

                  Tourism Licenses may only be given to foreign or national applicants who do not reside in the Autonomous 
                  Region of the Azores.

                  Licenses may be obtained at  Direcção dos Serviços Florestais, or at the Administrações Florestais of each
                  island . From a recent inventory, the following species may be found in the Furnas Lake: pike, sandres, perch, 
                  carp, and red mullet. The first three are carnivorous and considered to be of great interest to good sport fishing. 
                  The others are herbivorous.

                  Pike, perch, carp, and red mullet can be found in the Lake of Sete Cidades.

                  The Lagoa de Fogo Lake, in S. Miguel, has been stocked with trout, carp and goldfish.

                  In S. Miguel the following streams contain trout: Bispos, Faial da Terra, Salga, Coelhas, Machado, Carneiros, 
                  Ribeira Grande, Alegria, Tambores, Pulgar and Ribeira da Praia.

                  In the Island of Flores, trout can be found at the Lake of Lomba and in the following streams: Ferreiro, Grande, 
                  Silva, Moinho, and Fazenda.


Forestry Services:
Head Office:
Rua do Contador, 23
Ponta Delgada
Sao Miguel
Tel.: (296) 286288















Respect and Encounter:
















                    Different kind of handicraft is affordable to buy. Pottery, bedcovers, embroidery and wowed handicraft is very attractive.

Refuse to buy souvenirs from animals from the sea. In the Azores you may encounter sellers of objects in whale bone and ivory ( without a registration number ), dolphin tooth, turtle shells, shark tooth.

The CITES ( the international agreement which governs threatened species ) forbids this type of commerce. The European Union, of which the Azores is a member, ratified this agreement.















Getting there:

From the European continent you can fly direct from Lisbon by S.A.T.A. and TAP or direct with S.A.T.A from Frankfurt a. Main, London, Amsterdam and Munique located in Germany. There are no passenger ferries or similar available between mainland Portugal and the Azores.
















                    Whale hunting:

                   There are no longer whale hunting on any islands of the Azores.

                    I have personal several times experienced, that some tour operators and travel agencies try to sell holidays
                    to the Azores, promising that it is possible to watch whale hunting on the

                                                                                                    IT IS NOT TRUE.

                   Until about 1980 whale hunting was one of the most important income on the Azores. However, all whale 
                   hunting ended in mid 80', when it became unprofitable, and the people here realized "which way the winds 
                   where blowing."

                  Today there are 2 whale hunting museums on the island of Pico, which is very interesting to visit.  Furthermore it is 
                  possible to go on whale watching excursing from Faial, Pico and Sao Miguel.  It is possible to come even very close 
                  to the many different kinds of whales who lives in the waters very near the Azores.

















                   The Climate is mild and most places sunny. Every single island has its own climate. The humidity is on some
                    islands some high. On the Azores you can use the phrase " four seasons of the day ", and in fact it is a very 
                   good description of the climate.

                   The official average round-the-clock temperature :

                   It is rare to discover rain all day long, but occasionally a calm shower or dusty rain is to be accepted. Even so, the
                   temperature are pleasant. So bring a light raincoat, summer clothing, and a woolen shirt for the occasionally chilly 

                   The best time of the year to visit Azores is between June and September. The temperature is pleasant, and at this 
                   time of the year many different flowers are blooming. Hortencias is seen all over in different colors. Some places they 
                   grow tea, bananas, pineapples, pepper and tobacco.

                   During the winter season you must bring some warm clothes and long pants for the evening.

                   Look at  The weather on Azorerne right now.















                    The coastline:

                   Apart from very few places on Santa Maria, Faial, Terceira and São Miguel, the coastline is all made from lava. 
                   Most places it is beautiful to watch these fantasy formations. But it also means lack of long white sandy beaches.

                   At some places locals have build natural pools with the use of only very little concrete.




















There are no big tourism industry on the Azorean Islands, and I don't think there ever will be. You will see the Azores pure and unspoiled. And for many good reasons. You will usually only see other tourists in very small groups, or as a couple or single. 

But you don't see many large groups. As I see it  the reason is that The Azorean Government and the Azorean people don't want it. They have  seen what has happened on the island of Madeira, and of cause on other places, which have been more or less spoiled by tourism.

Please note that tourist Offices on all islands is closed on week-ends and holidays.



















                     Food and drinks:

                    The Azorean food is solid and well prepared. Here you will get large meals. Some might say the food is a little old 
                    fashion. It is not the French cuisine who has inspired the Azorean kitchen. They are faithful to old traditions. Although
                    many restaurants serve international cuisine. All kinds of fish is on the menu all over the Azores. The food is not very spicy.


                   The Azorean loves sweets and cookies. They appear in all kinds of shapes and tastes. Try them and you will love it. The 
                   taste are delicious. And most of them are homemade.

                  The water from the tap is OK on all islands. There are local production of red and white wine. Try also the local beer  
                  " ESPECIAL ."

                  There are also production of local gin. Here it's called Aquadente. Some are homemade, and some industrial produced. 
                  Both can be purchased in most mini markeds, or at the local grocery shop in op to 10 liters plastic bottles. Personally I don't
                  like the local homemade brandy. In many small grocery shops they will gladly offer you a taste of the local Aquadente. 
                  Try the instead the brandy called " Aquadente Graciosa. " It is very tasty and smooth. Try is like a " Cognac " for coffee.






















                  The Azores is in general not suitable for disabled people. It can be hard to get around  in a wheelchair, or get access 
                  to restaurants and hotels.




















                  The language is Portuguese. The dialect is very special to other parts of Portugal. Portuguese from the main land jokes 
                  and said, that the people from the Azores " speaks Russian."  Few Azorean speaks English or French.





















1st January New Year's day, 2nd April ( Good Friday ), 4th April ( Easter Sunday ), 25th April ( Liberty Day ), 1st May ( Labor Day ), 24th May ( Autonomy Day ), 10 June ( National Day of Portugal ), 3rd June ( Corpus Christi ), 15th August (Feast of the Assumption ), 5th October Implantation of the Republic ), 1st November (All Saints Day ), 1st December ( Restoration of Independence ), 8th December ( Feast of the Immaculate Conception ), 25th December ( Christmas Day ). The following dates are optional holidays: Shrove Tuesday ( February or March ). In addition to these there are several local holidays.




















                     Transportation from island to island:

                     Transportation between the islands is done by airplane or ferry. From start of June to  end September is it possible 
                      to go between most of the the islands by Atlanticoline who provide 2 large car ferries. Not every day, but look at the time-
                     scedule on there website.

                     The local and only airline company is S.A.T.A. They fly modern 2-engines propeller aircrafts. There are several departures
                     from each islands every day. But do make reservation in due time. It is fairly small airplanes with 64 seats.

                     Pay attention to the fact, that cancellation of flight departures now and then happens. Not always because of bad weather,
                     but because of low clouds in the sky above the airfield. Of cause it means that you have to take this fact into your planning
                     of your holiday, and be prepared for an extra day on the Azores. 

                    If you have the opportunity, take the ferry instead of the airplane. It is a very exiting experience. Ask the tourist office when
                    you are there.  




















                   Local transportation:

                  On most of  the islands you can rent a car. But in high-season the cars are very often booked  in advance. If so try 
                  instead to rent a Taxi for a day or some hours. It might even be cheaper, if you compare with renting a car, insurance, 
                  gasoline, tax and mileages. Be sure that you get a driver who speak English or other language. Now you have a private 
                  driver and a guide, who will be glad to tell you all there is to tell about local issues.

                  Buses are available on most islands. Using local transport is a fun way to get a taste of island life. True, you may find 
                  yourself hanging around a little village in the middle of nowhere waiting
for a connection, but what a fine excuse to while 
                  away  the time in an agreeable local bar or explore the area on foot.

                  Here are a few examples:


              There is a bus around the island every weekday, Monday to Friday, departing at 11:45 from the bus stop near the tourist
              office in the center of town. There is a stop over of about 15 minutes at Ribeira Funda where you can nip into the local bar
              for a drink.


              On Mondays to Saturdays there is a bus that departs from the ferry dock in Madalena at 08:45 and travels along the north
                  coast to Piedade, at the end of the island, arriving at 11:00. Another bus departs Piedade at 12:25 and returns to Madale-
                  na along Pico’s southern coast, arriving back at the ferry dock at
15.00. The morning ferry from Faial arrives in Madalena 
                  at 08:15, giving you time for a quick coffee & donut (highly recommended!) before catching the bus.

                 São Jorge:

                  On Wednesdays and Fridays only, it is possible to travel from Velas to Calheta and back along the north coast of São Jorge. 
                  The bus departs from the praça in front of  the Igreja de Matriz in Velas at 08:30, and from Calheta at 15:00 for the return
                  Journey. Both legs of the journey are along the north coast, as there is unfortunately no connection along the south coast.


                  Buses travel regularly during weekdays between the towns on Terceira and it would be best to pick up a bus timetable from a 
                  tourist office, either in Angra do
Heroismo or Praia da Vitória in order to plan a sightseeing trip.


                 On Monday, Wednesday and Friday there is a bus from Lajes to Santa Cruz which departs at 09:00 from in front of the 
                 Town Hall. The trip takes around 40 minutes. The return bus leaves 
                 Santa Cruz at 15:00, giving you around 5 hours in the town.

                 Santa Maria:

                 Busses covering all island during daytime.

                 Sao Miguel:

                 Busses covering all island all day. In Ponta Delgada there is "Mini-busses" covering the center of the city.


                 Busses only morning and afternoon, covering all island.

















                    The Azores is a part of Portugal and the currency is Euro as well. Most of the restaurants, hotels and car-renting 
                    companies accept common credit-cards. But don't expect  credit cards to be accepted in smaller restaurants
                    and residencias. Be sure to carry small bills. There are places that it can be a problem to change bigger notes.

                    Most banks accept Visa/MasterCard's. Most banks have employees who speak English or French.



















                     Sports and recreation:














                     Hospitals and health:

                    On all islands there are hospitals, who are open 24 hours for consultation. Here they treat minor injuries and diseases. 
                    More complicated occasions will be transported to Terceira or São Miguel, who provide fully equipped hospitals.



Corvo        Flores        Pico          Sao Jorge      Graciosa

  Terceira          Sao Miguel       Faial     Santa Maria