As a major European tourist destination, with a moderate climate that favours a 24/7 outdoor lifestyle, the Algarve offers a wonderfully diverse schedule of cultural and entertainment events for visitors every day of the year. From concerts, dance performances and theatre to art exhibitions, sports events, themed fiestas and folkloric celebrations… plus local fairs, and flea and fresh produce markets.
Add in the traditional Portuguese festivals and religious holidays held throughout the year, and it’s just one big party for those travellers who like to stay active and enjoy the full Algarve experience.
Here we outline some of the major dates you should add to your diary if you are flying into Faro Airport and holidaying in southern Portugal…
Annual food festivals and fairs are held in towns and villages throughout the Algarve to celebrate the region’s gastronomy. Visitors have the opportunity to savour local seafood delicacies including sardines, fish stews and octopus; inland-farmed vegetables such as pulses and broad beans; and such locally inspired favorites as cherry chicken and bean stew, and cataplana.
Must-visit culinary events include the annual Traditional Sausage Fair in Monchique in March; and the Portimão Sardine Festival and Olhão Seafood Festival, both in August.
Major towns and small villages throughout the Algarve hold weekly markets selling fresh local produce (fruit, fish and vegetables) and other markets offering arts, crafts and local apparel, as well as regular flea markets.
Several European Tour events have been held at the Algarve’s superb resort golf courses over the years, including the Portugal Masters.
For updated information about events in the Algarve visit: www.visitalgarve.pt