The Algarve’s renowned beaches and Atlantic lifestyle might be the main attraction for international holidaymakers in August, but the fun extends well beyond the shoreline. This month is packed with special events, starting with the iconic Sardine Festival in Portimão.
For five nights, from 3 to 7 August, the finest Algarve gastronomy is combined with music concerts, all based around charcoal-grilled sardines – a longtime staple of the local diet. The festival also includes entertainment in various restaurants in the area, stalls selling regional handicraft, and special events for children.
For sports fans, later in the month (27-28 August), Portimão hosts the International Futsal Masters event at the Arena.
Held from 10 to 20 August, the Silves Mediaeval Fair offers visitors 10 days of adventures and experiences in the town’s historic centre. The organisers recreate the mediaeval period of the old capital of the Algarve (Al-Gharb), marking Silves’ golden era under Moorish rule. Dozens of exhibitors offer diverse stalls along streets decorated to resemble the Middle Ages, and visitors can enjoy traditional tournaments, live music and tavern cuisine, as well as a children’s play area for young families.
Castro Marim holds its own Mediaeval Fair from 24 to 28 August, with arts and crafts, theatre and music performances, stalls and banquets providing an enchanting journey back into the area’s Middle Ages.
Apart from culinary and mediaeval festivals, Algarve Tourism has suggested seven must-do activities for families to help them enjoy their summer holidays.