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Welcome to Terceira


Terceira, an island resort destination in the Azores, holds many places of interest for tourists. The historic centre of its capital town, Angra do Heroismo, having been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this despite many of its architectural treasures having been destroyed in an earthquake in 1980. The town is still picturesque and renowned for its pastel-coloured sunset vistas.

Terceira is known for its periodic 'running of the bulls', with a roped animal being let loose in the narrow streets of a town or village to be subdued by local youths (ask in the local bar when the next event is likely to take place). Besides the capital, the other main town on the island, Praia da Vitoria, is interesting because of its American flavour. Being close to the American air base in Lajes, it features several burger joints and US-style souvenir shops.

Information & Facts

Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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