Printable map to take along.
In Santa Cruz you will find ancient streets and manor houses, a beautiful mother-church (16th-18th centuries), Santo Cristo Church (16th century), Cruz da Barra (Manueline) and the Ethnographic House. In the Furna do Enxofre, dazzling sights and a vaulted cave over an underground lake (between 11am and 2pm the sunlight filters in). You must also visit Guadalupe and its Baroque church, Luz and Praia (typical windmills).
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The tap water is not always drinking water, but it is suitable for tooth brushing. You can get cheap bottles of mineral water in each supermarket. One should not drink water from rivers and lakes.
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
The national language is Portuguese. Azoreans speak a special dialect. Sometimes the inhabitants understand also English or French, especially the younger ones.
1st January New Year's day, Good Friday , 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 .
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