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christmas eve and christmas

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christmas eve and christmas

Hi, we're a family of four (2 adults, 2 teens) and are planning to spend a week in December in the Azores. We're hoping to rent a house/apartment for the week. We're due to arrive the morning of Christmas Eve.

Will stores, restaurants, and sites (parks and open spaces) be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas? We would love to spend Christmas Day hiking or wandering (weather permitting), but I wonder if everything will be closed?

Thank you for any and all advice!

Lisbon, Portugal
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1. Re: christmas eve and christmas

Shops and most restaurants will close on mid-afternoon of Christmas eve and on Christmas day. The monuments will be closed on Christmas day and the nature never closes, so everything will be there.

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2. Re: christmas eve and christmas

Hi,

Are restaurants and shops generally open the week between Christmas and New Years? I am also thinking of going to Sao Miguel during that time. Thanks!

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3. Re: christmas eve and christmas

Shops are certainly open. Why would they not be? Early closing as above also applies on December 31st and the vast majority will be closed on 1st January.

There will be restaurants and bars open. The local population has to eat and drink, but the choice will not be so large as in summertime.

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4. Re: christmas eve and christmas

The choice will be very similar, S. Miguel is not a summer destination like the Algarve and the restaurants cater mainly for the local population.

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