Throughout the year, the Algarve hosts a variety of fantastic festivals. Here's a glimpse of our favorites:
Late January - 'Festa das Chouriças' in Querença, a delightful festival dedicated to smoked sausages and chorizo.
February or early March - 'Carnival'. Some researchers believe that the famous Rio Carnival in Brazil was inspired by the carnival in the nearby city of Loulé. Towns across the Algarve celebrate with lively parades, bustling markets, and joyful parties.
Easter - 'Festa das Tochas Floridas' in São Brás. The festivities begin at 10:30 am on Easter Sunday with a Mass at Igreja de Matriz. After the church service, locals parade through the narrow streets adorned with flower carpets, holding up flower torches and chanting.
Late June - Festival Med, a world music festival featuring five stages of music, shopping, vibrant bars, delicious food, and entertainment.
August - Olhão Seafood Festival. Enjoy an abundance of fresh seafood, live music, and a festive atmosphere.
Late August - Medieval Festivals in Silves and Castro Marim. Step back in time as these towns are transformed into medieval settings, with locals dressed in traditional clothing. Expect lively bands, music, bustling markets, jousting tournaments, and an incredible atmosphere.
August/September - Folklore Festivals throughout the Algarve, showcasing the region's rich cultural heritage through traditional music, dance, and costumes.
Early September - Estoi Horse Festival, a photographer's dream. Witness the local community, filled with pride, as they gather in the parade ring with riders of all ages, displaying various mounts and carriages. It's a truly authentic experience, away from the tourist crowds.
These festivals provide a glimpse into the Algarve's vibrant cultural scene and offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the region's lively traditions and celebrations.