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The International Sand Sculpture Festival in the Algarve is one of the largest of its kind. You will be able to see some incredible sand art made
The International Sand Sculpture Festival in the Algarve is one of the largest of its kind. You will be able to see some incredible sand art made by 60 artists.
This incredible big festival is also known as FEISA or Sand City. It all began in 2003 and since then, the festival has become world-renowned for its fine sand art. You will be able to enjoy unique pieces of art made by professional artists. The details and height of some sculptures will amaze you. And all the sculptures are 100% made of sand.
The festival will have a different theme every year. Some past themes were Star Wars, animal kingdom, music, and mythology. You can see these sculptures in daylight and at night when the sculptures come to life in atmospheric light. You can take a guided tour to learn all the wonderful stories behind the sand sculptures. And if you would like to try you can take a workshop to learn about this incredible art.
Learn more about the details and program of the International Sand Sculpture Festival. And when you are making plans to visit the Algarve you might want to read our tips. We have some great tips for your hotel stay in the Algarve as well.
May 6 (Thursday) - September 14 (Tuesday)
EN 125, Nº 252A Sitio dos, Lombos Garden Road, 8400-395 Lagoa, Portugal
The São João Festival in Porto is a festival to celebrate the city’s patron Saint John. Starting 5 weeks before the big night you can experience a festive
The São João Festival in Porto is a festival to celebrate the city’s patron Saint John. Starting 5 weeks before the big night you can experience a festive atmosphere.
This festival dates back to the 14th century when this festival was a pagan feat to worship the sun god and the harvest of the crops. Later it turned into the celebration of Saint John the Baptist.
This is one of the biggest events of the year which will attract thousands of visitors. There is plenty to see and do for over a month leading up to the big night. For example, you might be touched with a leek, yes a leek. This tradition dates back to the old ages and is a way to celebrate the fertility of the land.
But, the most important part of this festival is the night of the 23rd to the 24th. On this night you will find yourself surrounded by people in a joyful spirit. Try the sardines, cabbage soup, and St. John’s cake with some Porto. In the end, you will be amazed by colorful balloons in the sky followed by spectacular fireworks.
Find more info about the São João Festival in Porto here. And when you are planning your visit to Portugal you might want to learn more about other events in this country. As well check out this page with all the things you want to know about traveling to the Algarve.
june 23 (Wednesday) - 24 (Thursday)
R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal
The Festas Gualterianas are held every year in the city of Guimarães, Portugal. It is a celebration of Saint Guálter. And it has something splendid to offer
The Festas Gualterianas are held every year in the city of Guimarães, Portugal. It is a celebration of Saint Guálter. And it has something splendid to offer for everybody from young to old.
Every year since 1906 this celebration will turn the city into one big festival terrain. There is so much to see and do you might not find the time to do it all. You would be amazed by the parade of masked figures and elaborately decorated floats. Folk groups will make sure the floats are accompanied by local traditional music.
During this week-long celebration, you will be able to enjoy open-air concerts of every type of music. The typical decor will help even more to feel the festive vibes. Among other activities is traditional bullfighting.
At the end of this festive week, you are able to see the most incredible fireworks. This is the highlight of the event that will blow you away and leave you in awe.
You will be able to enjoy all these incredible activities every year in the first week of August.
august 1 (Sunday) - 8 (Sunday)
9, Largo da Oliveira 8, Guimarães, Portugal
The Festival of the Seas in Cascais is a local celebration in honor of the Holy Mary. During 10 days the streets will be filled with music, food,
The Festival of the Seas in Cascais is a local celebration in honor of the Holy Mary. During 10 days the streets will be filled with music, food, dancing, and other festivities. The local name of this festival is Festas do Mar.
Every year this festival will be held to honor the Holy Mary who is the protector of the seafarers. To thank her for bringing back home all men and women at sea they will celebrate with music. Every day you’ll be able to enjoy live music at the Cascais Bay and Palco Cidadela. From folk music to complete symphonies and a concert for children, it’s all there.
On Sunday at 3 PM there is a procession. This procession will lead from the Nossa Senhore dos Navegantes church to the sea. When the fisherman and townspeople get there they will enjoy the rest of the day on their boats. At the end of the festival, you can join the villagers to see the fireworks in the bay.
If you want to learn more about the Festival of the Seas in Cascais (Festas do Mar) you can go to this website from Turismo de Lisboa. When you are planning to stay in Portugal you probably want to learn more about the Algarve as well. For your stay there we recommend these hotels.
august 15 (Sunday) - 24 (Tuesday)
Av. Rei Humberto II de Itália, 2750-800 Cascais, Portugal
The Almond Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring. These Almond trees will blossom at the end of February and the beginning of March. Stunning blossom and the
The Almond Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring. These Almond trees will blossom at the end of February and the beginning of March. Stunning blossom and the scent of spring will be there waiting for you.
Several villages in the Douro village will organize activities. Many of these activities are held in the region of Torre de Moncorvo. Further, you want to make sure you visit the local handicraft market, it is a must-see. In the meanwhile, you want to try the coated almonds which are a real regional delicacy. Maybe if you are lucky, you can see the coating process. These almonds will be toasted on light heat in a big copper basin.
In Addition to the festival, you might want to go on the official Blossom Route. A remarkable sea of white blossoms will await you on this route. This is an incredible way to soak in the region’s beauty.
Go to this page to learn more about the Almond Blossom Festival in Douro Valley. In addition, you can have a look at this page for more information on the Blossom Route. If you are planning your visit to Portugal we have some tips for your family holiday. And have a look at this page to find the best hotel for your stay.
February 5 (Saturday) - March 13 (Sunday)
Torre de Moncorvo
R. Luís de Camões 10, Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal
The Carnival in Torres Vedras is one of the many in Portugal. But what makes this ‘Carnaval’ extra special is the sheer size and bustling vibe. If
The Carnival in Torres Vedras is one of the many in Portugal. But what makes this ‘Carnaval’ extra special is the sheer size and bustling vibe. If you are in the area, make sure to visit this carnival. You won’t regret it.
Carnival is a roman-catholic tradition which has been celebrated until now. You can celebrate this event in many countries in Europe and America. But being a deeply religious country Portugal is one of the best places to enjoy this weeklong party.
Go and enjoy the colorful satirical floats during the parades. These parades will amaze you with colors, art, music, and laughter. For months people have been sculpting the elaborate floats from scratch. They are a true work of art with usually a satirical theme.
The dates of the festival are usually set in February and sometimes even in March. The exact dates depend on the religious calendar and vary every year.
If you want to know more about the Carnival in Torres Vedras you can go to this page. Furthermore, if you are in planning on visiting Portugal, make sure to read these tips about the Algarve. And finally, learn more about some great unknown destinations in Europe.
February 26 (Saturday) - March 1 (Tuesday)
Av. 5 de Outubro, 2560-270 Torres Vedras, Portugal
Semana Santa in Braga is one of the most important religious events. Not just in Braga but all over Portugal and man other country’s in Europe and
Semana Santa in Braga is one of the most important religious events. Not just in Braga but all over Portugal and man other country’s in Europe and even Central and South America. You will be able to experience processions and devote ceremonies.
During this week there will be man processions. The central figure is Jesus Christ. The parades are held to honor Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. During these processions, you might be overwhelmed with all the sights and sounds. Because the streets will be filled with Gregorian songs from local choirs. Priests and pastors will walk along with lanterns and incense making it an even more magical and spiritual experience. It is said that over 100,000 people attend these processions, so make sure you get there early to get a good spot.
One of the most impressive sights of this week is on Saturday night. The Cathedral will hold a miss in complete darkness until they will put on the lights. This is an experience you don’t want to miss.
If you want to know more about Semana Santa in Braga visit this webpage. Furthermore, you might want to take a look at these other events in Portugal. And check out this page for the best places to stay in Algarve, Portugal.
april 10 (Sunday) - 16 (Saturday)
R. Dom Paio Mendes, 4700-424 Braga, Portugal