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Area (sq km): 91,950
Population: 10,524,145
Nationality: Portuguese
Local Name: Portugal
Language: Portuguese,
Mirandese
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Lisbon
Dialling Code: +351
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .pt
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Protestant
Climate: Mediterranean,
Maritime
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.00
Major Airports: Faro(FAO),
Lisbon(LIS),
Madeira(FNC),
Porto(OPO)

Festival of St John from Portugal Villas

Festa de Sao Joao, Festival of St John, can be celebrated from Portugal villas in many areas of the country, but no where is this holiday observed like it is in Porto. In commemoration of the patron saint of lovers, the city of Porto rolls out one of the most energetic street parties in Europe! So consider visiting in the month of June when planning your holidays to Portugal and see a great spectacle.

Festival of St John
Festival of St John

Like Carnival, the Festival of St John is a fantastic time to rent Portugal villas and spend your holiday in the embrace of Portuguese culture. It is interesting to note that the Festival of St John has religious roots and it is hinted that it may even have pagan roots.

Today the religious elements are played down in favour of a more unruly party environment. In Portugal, the towns and villages all adopt their own saint, Antonio, Peter or John to honour in June. From beautiful villas in Portugal you’ll be able to experience the best of the Festival of St John.

A leek headache & glass of port

The separate districts of the city compete in a motif display competition featuring cityscapes and ornaments. All ages are out enjoying the kick off to the festivities. As the night rolls in, so do the leeks. Yes, the vegetable is used to hit people over the head and it hurts more than one might think. In an attempt to ease the pain, some people have opted for plastic hammers by which to thrash you.

The home of Port bedecks its streets with makeshift stages for live bands, beer stands and food tables and all the port you can drink. From your Portugal villas you will see fireworks blast and explode overhead showering the city and its carousing peoples. The night creeps into dawn when the party moves to the Porto beaches and the ceremonial lighting of bonfires keeps the festivities going as the sun comes up.

With a superb choice of Portugal villas to choose from, book holidays to Portugal with VillasPeople.com to see the Festival of St John and join in with the other wonderful festivals taking place each year in June.

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