Practical life on site Azores

Practical life on site Azores


The language of the Azores is Portuguese, with variations according to the islands and the continent, especially in terms of accent. For example, the sound or is pronounced had in São Miguel.

If the use of French is less widespread than on the continent,English is spoken in the Azores (especially by young people), and particularly in Terceira, due to the presence of a large American military base. Many Azoreans have family living in North America.

Time difference

There is a 2 hour difference between the Azores and France: when it is 12 p.m. in Paris, it is 10 a.m. in Ponta Delgada in summer and winter.


The current is 220 V. The sockets are continental type, as in France. For our Canadian friends, an adapter is necessary.

Opening time

- The restaurents are generally open for lunch from 13 p.m. to 15 p.m. and for dinner from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.

- The stores are open in the morning, Monday to Friday, from 9 noon to 14 pm and Sunday. Take precautions! Some shopping centers close and remain open 7 days a week.

- The banks are generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 15 p.m.


Post offices (oficina de correio) are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Price of the stamp for Europe: 0,72 €.
Delivery time: one week.

Telephone and Internet

Phone numbers are 9 digits long. They start with 292, 295, 296 for landline phones and 900 (and their variants 915, 926, etc.) for mobile phones.

- From France to the Aç Of bag To call collect (ask for "800-330, free number from a booth, which gives access to an operator in France.

- European emergency number (EU): 112.

Phone cards

You can buy phone cards Hello PT worth € 3, 6 or 9 and use them almost anywhere in the country.

Internet and wifi

A large number of establishments and public places (restaurants, hotels, bars, shops, etc.) offer wifi access, most often free of charge.

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