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The last ray of sunshine in Europe

Time zone of the Azores

I'm going to see the last ray of sunlight in Europe, so you can tell your friends about it if you happen to visit the Azores.

It is on the island of Flores that the last sunset of Europe occurs every day. The Azores archipelago is the westernmost territory in Europe. The time zone of the Azores is UTC-1, which is one hour behind mainland Portugal.

"In the Autonomous Region of the Azores, similar to what happens in mainland Portugal, there is a change between daylight saving time/winter time. The time is advanced by 60 minutes at 0 hours on the last Sunday of March, and delayed by 60 minutes at 1 hour on the last Sunday of October."

National holidays

If you are visiting the Azores, it is important to be aware of the public holidays, as on these days there may be a higher flow of people and some services, such as public transport, may have some restrictions.

In the Azores, the following national holidays are celebrated:

  • 1st of January - New Year's Day
  • 7th of April - Good Friday
  • 9th of April - Easter Sunday
  • 25th of April - Freedom Day
  • 1st of May - Labour Day
  • 8th of June - Corpus Christi
  • 10th of June - Portugal Day
  • 15th of August - Assumption of Mary

Regional holiday of the Azores

Commemoration or Festivals of the Holy Spirit. Also popularly known as the feast of the little dove, it takes place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday, and is a Regional Holiday consecrated 'as an affirmation of the identity of the Azoreans, their philosophy of life and their regional unity'.

During these celebrations, 'the noblest Christian traditions are intertwined with the celebration of Spring, life, solidarity and hope

Municipal holidays of the Azores

The municipalities that make up the administrative subdivision of the Azores have commemorative days for important historical achievements or to celebrate their patron saints. In the table below, you can search by island and municipality for established holidays.

Island

Municipality

Holiday
Date

Santa Maria

Vila do Porto
Saint John

24 of June

São Miguel

Ponta Delgada

Holy Christ

2nd Monday after the Holy Christ feast day
5th Sunday of Pentecost"

São Miguel
Lagoa

Town status

11 of April

São Miguel
Ribeira Grande
São Pedro

29 of June

São Miguel

Vila Franca do Campo

Saint John

24 of June

São Miguel

Povoação

Our Lady Mother of God

1º Sunday of September

São Miguel

Nordeste

Town Status

18 of July

Terceira

Angra do Heroismo

Saint John

24 of June

Terceira

Praia da Vitoria

August 11 Celebrations

11 of August

São Jorge

Calheta

Patron Saint Santa Catarina

25 of November

São Jorge

Velas

 São Jorge day

23 of April

Santa Cruz da Graciosa

Velas

Saint John

24 of June

Faial

Horta

Saint John

24 of June

Pico

Madalena

Saint John

24 of june

Pico

Lajes do Pico

Saint Peter

29 of June

Pico

São Roque do Pico

São Roque Festivities

16 of August

Flores

Santa Cruz das Flores

Saint John

24 of June

Flores

Lajes das Flores

Feast of the Emigrant

Third Monday of July

Corvo

Corvo

Town Status

20 of June

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