Who doesn’t love a good festival? We definitely love them and that’s why we put together a list of the best festivals that you just cannot miss out in Algarve Portugal. From grilled sardines to sand sculptures, the southernmost region of Portugal sure has something for everyone.
The Festival F brings together the best Portuguese and Brazilian musicians to finish the Algarve Portugal summer on a high. More than 40 musicians are spread out across seven stages, entertaining more than 35.000 people since 2014.
Yes, the festival is one of the youngest ones in Algarve, however its yearly success speaks for itself. So much so, that in 2018 they prolonged the festival from two days to three.
The breaks between the music performances are complemented by stand-up comedy shows, street artists, programs for kids and so much more. Of course the street food and drinks will not be missing here either. Give a try to a good old Pastel de Nata or the national SuperBock beer.
Where – Faro
When – 30 August – 1 September, 2018
Contrary to the Festival F, the Carvoeiro Black & White Night is the official summer opener. This giant beach party has become the absolute number one bucket list party of everyone visiting Algarve on this day. The party starts with live music performances by different artists and finishes with a colossal dance party with live DJs.
Of course as the name suggest ,for a full and authentic experience you need to wear Black and White.
Where – Carvoeiro
When – 15 June, 2019
Get to travel in time during these 10 days, when you can get a taste of what the city of Silves looked like a few centuries ago. The Medieval Festival attracts visitors from all over the world who dress up in medieval costumes giving Silves a colorful and vibrant vibe.
This festival is very reasonably priced, with only 2€/adult for the whole day or 3€/adult with a historical mug included as well.
So whether it’s your inner princess or knight in shining armor that can’t wait to be unleashed, or you are just up for some good music, food and street performances, make sure you put the Medieval Festival on your bucket list.
Where – Silves
When – Mid August
Just like peanut butter and jelly, Mario and Luigi, sardines and Portugal are best friends, so understandably you’ll find them being served in all the local restaurants around Algarve Portugal. However, the peak of high quality sardines is August and that is exactly why the festival takes place at this time. Here you can indulge on freshly prepared sardines straight from the grill in one of the outdoor stands right on the water front. The sardines are flawlessly complimented with traditional Portuguese bread with that yummy crunchy crust and the smell of the ocean makes this whole festival feel so perfectly authentic.
Of course as any other festival, it wouldn’t be complete without a good dose of music, so naturally you can enjoy a different musician playing every day of the Portimao festivities.
Where – Portimao
When – Beginning of August
When March comes along, most of Algarve Portugal is resting and getting ready for the next summer season. This however, is definitely not the case for a little town called Loule just north of Faro. In March, Loule shines bright like a diamond with its annual carnival extravaganza that attracts visitors from wide and far. The carnival is one of the biggest events in whole of Portugal and its tradition goes all the way back to 20thcentury.
You can laugh your butts off in the most famous political and social satire procession as it makes its way through the town center.
The program of this event is extensive and very entertaining, so make sure you mask up and thus enjoy the official Carnival Ball Gala.
Where – Loule
When – 1 – 5 March, 2019
During this almost year long festival in a little village of Pera you can admire the work of more than 60 talented sculptors who transform over 40.000 tons of sand into supersize version of your favorite celebrities, places or movie characters. Minions, Marylin Monroe and Star Wars are just a very few examples of the perfectly detailed sculptures in the 15.000m2Fiesa Park.
In the day light you can join a sand sculpting workshop or enjoy circus, dance and theater performances or listen to live music. In the evening you’ll adore the magical atmosphere created by illuminating the entire park and you won’t believe you are in the same place.
The theme of the Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival changes each year, so check out what will Fiesa surprise you with when you go visit.
Where – Pera
When – March – November
Three days of talent competitions, concerts and skill demonstrations is what brings more than 20.000 bikers to Faro every July. Whether you are a biker or just a motorcycle enthusiast, you certainly do not want to miss out on the big finale of this festival, which is a motorcycle parade across Faro.
The registration for the Faro Motorcycle Festival costs only 45€ and gives you a permission to camp on site, attend all the concerts and you will even get an official t-shirt, medal, sticker, meals and a chance to win a new motorcycle or a week in Daytona.
Where – Faro
When – July
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