Algarve: Medieval Days in Castro Marim

From the 22nd to the 26th of August, Castro Marim returns to the Middle Ages, in a highly rigorous historical recreation.

During four days and nights, the castle of Castro Marim once again plays host to kings and queens, knights in shining armour, jesters, buffoons, noblemen and ladies, as the entire Court make a procession before the admiring gazes of many visitors that travel to the event every year.

Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theatre performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts and merchandise fair, complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling us to relive the magic and mystery of times gone by. 

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The Festival do Crato is back for another unmissable edition!

With a secure place in the national tour of Summer Festivals, the Festival do Crato from the 29th of August to the 1st of September, is back for another unmissable edition!

This event, which brings an extra sparkle to the town of Crato in Alentejo, is known for investing in line-ups that include some of the best projects of national and international music. After the concerts, the music continues with performances by various DJs.

Alongside all this we have the Crafts and Gastronomy Fair, a display of traditional art, crafts and flavours with the spotlight on what is produced locally.

To prevent accommodation problems, the organisation has provided a free Camping area. Admission to it is secured with the 4-day pass.

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Festival Maré de Agosto: 23-25 August, in the Island of Santa Maria, Azores

In the magical scenario of the Praia Formosa bay in the Island of Santa Maria - Azores, the International Music Festival "Maré de Agosto" brings together leading names from various countries. Mariza, Extreme, Angélique Kidjo, Tânia Maria, Selah Sue, Anthony Gomes, Michael Kiwanuka, Maria Gadu, among many others.

A stage located only 20 meters from the beach, hosting performances by leading names from the national and international musical panorama.  

Known for the "world music" identity, many artists from all around the world are represented in this renowned, high-quality event, that that has already celebrated more than 30 annual editions.

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Do not miss the Festival F, that for two days livens up the historic center of Faro

From the 31st of August to the 1st of September, do not miss the last big summer festival in the historic center of Faro

The festival F takes place in the so-called “vila adentro” (village within) the historic area of Faro through which, over the centuries, the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors have all passed. 

It still retains a very particular charm and boasts a huge architectural, religious, natural and cultural heritage.
With a strong focus on Portuguese music, with shows on several stages throughout the city, this cultural and artistic event embraces other aspects such as cinema, stand-up comedy, musical and political gatherings, fine arts, literature, crafts, street entertainment and street food.

 The Festival F keeps families in mind with a special program for children and a ticket policy designed for families.

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From the 3rd to the 5th of August, don´t miss the Madeira Wine Rally 2018

The European Rally Championship is hosted in the spectacular landscapes of the island of Madeira  between the 3rd and the 5th of August.

The European Rally Championship is the oldest international competition organised by organised by FIA (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), and includes 10 events in 10 European countries. The Madeira Wine rally is one of the most important events in the championship and is the region’s biggest automobile event, attracting thousands of spectators to mountainous areas in search of a better place to watch the vehicles as they thunder by.

The rally is named after one of the main products in Madeira, the liqueur wine that was already highly popular in European courts in the 18th century due to its unique aroma and flavour.

As several stretches of road are closed to traffic, we advise you to visit the official website for further information here.

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Sketch Tour Portugal - A country sketched for you

We invited 24 urban sketchers to visit Portugal and share their drawings and their talent, heightening awareness about the country from a different perspective. In black and white or in colour, there is plenty to explore: the landscapes, nature and heritage, the cuisine and the people, the nooks and crannies that pass us by.

The drawings that can be now appreciated live in the exhibition "A country designed for you" in Porto. With free admission, this show is open to the public from 9:00 p.m., closing at 6 p.m. on the 19th and 20th, and closing at 10 p.m. on July 21.

You’ll be surprised by these artistic moments and inspired for your next trip to Portugal.

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Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2018

Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit, the biggest international wave sports festival, is returning to Praia de Santa Cruz (Torres Vedras) for an action-packed 10 days with lots of new features and an even greater concern for the environment.

This festival has been held since 2007 and includes national and international events in various disciplines such as Surfing, Bodyboarding,Kitesurfing, Bodysurfing, Kayaksurfing, Skimboarding, Wave-skiing, Swimming, Adaptive Surfing and Stand Up Paddling. 

But while the sea may be the focus of everyone’s attention, the sand is also the setting for a range of activities, whether for trying out various sports in the swimming pool installed there or taking advantage of the presence of commercial enterprises linked to sea sports. These include surf schools and training centres for other disciplines, shops, restaurants and publicity areas of the various sponsors.

The festival includes an environmental education strand, too, with experiences in the area of nature conservation, and a solidarity strand, inviting participants to contribute to a cause.

Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit does not stop when night falls, since between 21.00 and 3.00 there will be performances by various bands and DJs to keep the night-time entertainment going on the beach.

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