Monday, June 3, 2013

A Traveler’s Guide To The Special Events and Festivals In The Algarve

If you are looking for more information on special events and festivals in the Algarve, then you are going to want to buckle down and read this article.

The special events and festivals in the Algarve are closely tied in with the culture of the Algarve.

A large part of the culture of the Algarve revolves around their “cultural calender.” Their calender is marked with, by western standards, a borderline-excessive number of  religious festivals. Because of this, the special events and festivals in the Algarve that you will experience depends largely on what month you are visiting.

January kicks off with a new year’s processions, floats and parades, and of course, lots of drinking.

February is “carnival month.”

March is punctuated by Easter processions, floats and parades, and again, lots of drinking and merry-making.

April’s “Holy Week” and the celebration of the “Bloodless Carnation Revolution of 1974″ is reason enough to do a little merry-making for the locals.

May’s folk festivals, including “May day” are celebrated with lots of local flavour.

June and July are dotted with small secular celebrations that include music, art appreciation, and drinking.

August has a large number of agricultural and seafood shows. As this time of year also marks the end of tourist season, market vendors are extremely eager to squeeze as much money out of their customers as they can, so be warned!

September’s folk Portuguese customs and wine harvest is also reason enough for a few special events and festivals in the Algarve.

October’s international car rally brings in lots of tourists, making this one of the larger celebrations of the year.

November, of course, brings All Souls’ Day (also known as Halloween).

December closes out the year with Christmas. In Portugal, Christmas is much more religious than in other western cultures. However, that’s no reason not to celebrate!

The Portuguese people love to celebrate, so try to plan your vacation around some special events and festivals in the Algarve. Not only are these events lots of fun, they’re also a great way to mingle in with the locals!

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