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 Azores - General Info

Time Zone

UTC - 1

Summer time UTC April to October.

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 220V 
Frequency: 50Hz

Electricity is availabe at the ports with marinas and yacht berths.

Water
Water is available at all the ports except Corvo.

Fuel
Fuel is available at Horta, Lajes das Flores, Vila do Porto, Vila das Velas, Ponta Delgada, Vila Franca do Campo, and Praia da Vitoria.

LPG
Only butane available on all the islands. Bottles can be re-filled at Horta and Ponta Delgada
Bottles can be exchanged at Ponta Delgada, and Praia da Vitoria. Note: most ports/marina which have repair services also supply LPG. Make sure you have your correct fitting for European bottles.

Repairs
There are boatyards with liftout and repairs at Horta, Lajes das Flores, Vila do Porto, Vila das Velas (crane & limited repairs), Ponta Delgada, Vila Franca do Campo, and Praia da Vitoria.

Money

Euro

Communications

Azores International dialling code: +351

Plus each island has a local code:

Faial: + 351 292

Terceira: +351 295

São Miguel: +351 296

Santa Maria: +351 296

There is a mobile phone network available on all islands. Local SIM cards can be purchased in supermarkets, phone shops and Post Offices.

Public Telephone Calling cards can be purchased from most bars and shops. Phone booths are located all over towns, including in the post offices.

Free WiFi is available throughout most marinas but the service can be patchy. Many of the local bars/cafes offer free WiFi to their customers.

Transport

Airports

Direct flights are available from:
Europe: Lisbon, Oporto, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Frankfurt;
UK: London, Manchester;
USA: Boston, Oakland; Canada: Montreal, Toronto.

Most international flights use Ponta Delgada airport on São Miguel, Lajes on Terceira or Horta on Faial.

Travellers should be aware that due to rapidly changing weather patterns in the Azores, flights are often delayed or cancelled, even in mid-summer. Connecting flights via Lisbon often have very short turn-around times, so it is not uncommon for baggage to arrive on a different flight to the passenger.

Every island has an airport, and there are regular SATA flights within the archipelago, as well as ferry services linking smaller groups of islands.  There are plenty of options for crew changes in all parts of the Azores, but changing crew in Horta or Ponta Delgada may be simplest.

SATA International: www.sata.pt

TAP Air Portugal: www.flytap.com

Ryanair: www.ryanair.com/gb/en

For ferry information see https://www.atlanticoline.pt/p/p/

Azores Tourism Office
Direcção Regional de Turismo , Rua Ernesto Rebelo 14 , Horta, Faial
Tel:292 200500

Diplomatic Missions

In Ponta Delgada:

Canada: 27 Esq, Rua Dr Antonio Jose de Almeida, Tel. +351 296 281488.

France: 49 Rua Carvalho Araujo.

Germany: 75a R. da Igreja, 9545-531 S.Vicente de Ferreira, Tel. +351 2969 11133.

Spain: Rua Direita, Faja de Baixo, Tel. +351 296 636717.

United Kingdom: 23 Rua das Almas, Pico da Pedra, Rabo de Peixe, Tel. +351 296 498313.

United States: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Tel. +351 296 282216.

In Horta:

France: 34 Rua Conde d'Avila, Tel. +351 292 392780.

Events

Horta: Sea Week (Semana do Mar) starting first Sunday in August, a local festival including yacht races.

Azores Tourism Office
Direcção Regional de Turismo , Rua Ernesto Rebelo 14 , Horta, Faial
Tel:292 200500
OCC Azores Pursuit Rally 2018
Participants may start from anywhere, a minimum of 500 miles away, at any time, but the aim is to cross the finishing line as close as possible to 12 noon on 18 June 2018 when Peter Café Sport will celebrate its centenary.

Emergencies

Emergency treatment is free to all.
EU residents will not be charged for a hospital bed, but non-EU nationals may have to pay. For non-emergency consultations, a nominal fee is charged.

Emergency Tel. 112.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

The Atlantic Islands
By Anne Hammick & Hilary Keatinge
Published by Imray/ RCC Pilotage Foundation (fully Revised 6th edition March 2016)
ISBN-978 184623 6495
See /www.imray.com/publications
This very comprehensive pilot covers  Bemuda,The Azores, Madeira Group, Canary Islands and Cape Verdes. This 6th edition has been substantially updated and is in the same style as other RCC Pilots. It includes many photographs as well as clear, coloured charts of both whole countries as well as individual ports. All the updates from previous editions as well as more recent visits are included. Facilities for yachts have improved significantly over the past few years years and this edition includes full details.
See the lastest Noonsite review

Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16
By Lucinda Heikell with Rod Heikell
Published by Imray (December 2014)
2016 supplement available from Imray
ISBN – 9781846235986
Price - £29.50
See this Noonsite review.

Regional Department of Tourism.

http://marinasdeportugal.com/en/marinas-ports/azores/
APPR - Association of Recreational Ports in Portugal website

www.channelpilot.info/azores
A useful article about sailing to the Azores and back.

www.azores.com
General information about the various islands.

Azores Tourism Office
Direcção Regional de Turismo , Rua Ernesto Rebelo 14 , Horta, Faial
Tel:292 200500
Reeds Nautical Online
A comprehesive online nautical almanac covering Atlantic Europe from the tip of Denmark to Gibraltar.

Update History

August 2017: Immigration re residence option added.
June 2017: Formalities updated.
June 2015: Customs and Immigration updated/checked.
May 2015: Publications reviewed
May 2013:Customs and Immigration checked.

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svgoldenglow
svgoldenglow says:
Oct 02, 2016 12:45 PM

Must do's if you have time on Terceira:
1. Go to the local town where there is a "running of the bulls" that particular evening (they move them from town to town). The reason to go is more to observe the way the locals commune around this event than to see the bulls themselves, who are given stimulants and then downers when they are still in their bright red boxes before being released to put on their show.
2. Terceira has several interesting caves that are worth visiting, donning the requisite hard hats, and exploring on guided tour.
3. Lastly, driving across the island and enjoying the miles of hydrangeas lining the roads is another not-to-miss experience on Terceira in the spring/summer.

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