14th January 2013: Algarve Property News
January Events in the Algarve Festival of “Chouriças” (Sausages), which is also known as the Festival of S. Luís, the patron saint of animals in Querença. Janeiras Festival in Silves. The tradition of the Janeiras (seasonal songs) dates back to ancient times when, at the beginning of each year, the Romans would greet each other to evoke the god Janus who represented the guardian of the gateway to heaven.
February Events in the Algarve Carnivals take place across the Algarve on Shrove Tuesday and the preceding weekend. (If Easter is late, this can be in March). Cycling Tour of the Algarve (Volta ao Algarve).
March Events in the Algarve. Festival of Hot bread and fresh cheese (Feira do Pão Quente e Queijo Fresco) in Vaqueiros. EXPOMAR Fair of the Sea and Nautical Activities in Olhão. Traditional Sausage Fair in Monchique. Gastronomy Festival of the Serra in Tavira (March/April).
April Events in the Algarve 'Liberation Day' on April 25th is always a reason for fireworks, music and entertainment in towns across the region. Vila de Amêijoas (Clams Festival) in Olhão. Vodafone Rally of Portugal - Algarve Stadium is the base for the event with superspecial stages at the beginning and close of the rally (sometimes takes place in May). Baja Terras d’El Rei ( off road championships) - various locations.
Easter Events in the Algarve Folar Fairs across the Algarve with music and entertainment and a chance to try the traditional 'folar' cakes - Easter cakes with hard boiled eggs (complete with shells) on top! Flower Torches Festival in São Brás de Alportel on Easter Sunday. Feast of The Sovereign Mother ('Festa Pequena') in Loulé - a tradition dating from the 16th century. Triumphal Procession on Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter Sunday) in Tavira - This is a religious event that was started in the 18th century by the Carmelite Order of the City of Tavira. The procession consists of decorated litters with gilt woodwork and images depicting the life of Christ from the Mount of Olives to his death.
May Events in the Algarve May Day is a day for celebrations and traditionally the festivities include dancing and music as well as heading into the countryside for a picnic lunch. May Fair in Azinhal- A chance to see the traditional skills that are typical of the area - bobbin lace, basketwork, embroidery, tapestry and weaving of esparto grass. Festa da Pinha (Festival of the Pine Cone) in Estoi - a traditional festival to celebrate spring ''The Gastronomy of the Sea'' - Festival in Tavira. Snail Festival in Castro Marim. 'May Sweet May' Jazz Festival in Portimão. International sand sculpture festival at Pêra from May to October.
June Events in the Algarve 'Feira da Terra' (local produce market) in Aljezur on 1st Saturday of each month from June to October. Handicrafts Fair in Alcoutim. Cataplana Festival in Almancil. Popular Saints Festivals across the Algarve celebrating St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. The warm nights are filled with the aromas of barbecues and grilled sardines as the towns and villages celebrate, often partying until the small hours! Portuguese Gastronomy week in Lagoa. Caldeirada (Fish stew) Festival in Armação de Pêra. ''Pleasures of the Sea'' Festival in Aljezur - gastronomy, music, entertainment. ''Festival Med'' in Loulé- mediterranean music, gastronomy and handicrafts.
July Events in the Algarve ''Arte Doce'' Competition and Fair in Lagos - a wide range of traditional sweets as an art form! Also musical entertainment in the evenings. Loulé Handicraft Fair. Fair of the Serra in São Brás de Alportel. Fair of Traditional Smoked Ham in Monchique. Allgarve Jazz Festival in towns across the Algarve. Algarve International Motorbike meeting in Faro.
August Events in the Algarve The festival of 'Our Lady of the Oracle' (the patron saint of Albufeira fishermen). Municipal Day in Albufeira with lots of entertainment and fireworks. Vaqueiros Festival (near Alcoutim). Burgau Festival. Barão de S. Miguel festivals. FATACIL in Lagoa - It is the major fair of handicrafts, tourism, agriculture, business and industry in the Algarve and also includes horse shows, evening entertainment and gastronomy. Medieval Fair in Silves. Medieval Fair in Castro Marim. Noites de Moura Encatada in Cacela Velha - recreating the times of the Arab occupation with a traditional Souk, music, belly dancing and traditional food. Sardine Festival in Portimão - live music and entertainment, plus, of course, barbecued sardines! Shellfish Festival in Olhão - a major event with live music every night 'Sounds of the Atlantic' music festival at Senhora da Rocha, Lagoa - concerts, street theatre, handicrafts and gastronomy. Grand Champions Tennis competition at Vale do Lobo.
September Events in the Algarve Fishermen's festival at Praia dos Pescadores in Albufeira including a gastronomy festival. Festival in Alcoutim. Festival in Martinlongo. Grand Prix of Portugal Powerboat P1 Championship in Portimão. Formula One Wind Surfing championship at Alvor.
October Events in the Algarve Santa Iria Fair in Faro - lots of entertainment, fairground rides and stalls at this 400 year old fair. Festival in honour of Nossa Senhora da Alva in Aljezur. Festival and fair in Raposeira. AgroExpo in Vila do Bispo – A fair of economic activities, tourism, gastronomy, handicrafts and livestock farming. Another essential ingredient is evening entertainment, with plenty of music on four consecutive days. Partridge Fair in Martim Longo. Sweet Potato Festival in Aljezur. Gastronomy fortnight in Almancil. Portugal Masters in Vilamoura for the golf enthusiasts. Annual Fair in Monchique.
November Events in the Algarve St. Martin's Fair in Portimão. Gastronomy week in Messines. Casinos do Algarve Rally with stages in Portimão and Monchique.
December Events in the Algarve Loulé Mountain Fair - The aim of this festival is to enable people to find out more about the diversity and popular culture of the parishes of the “Serra do Caldeirão”. Visitors will be able to get a close up view of handicrafts, a variety of products, gastronomy, ethnography and the traditions of the upland regions. Albufeira Christmas Grand Prix - a 9km run and a 3km Father Christmas Walk.