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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)

Portugal Carnival and villas to rent in Portugal

Carnival is one of the rare festivals embraced by so many around the world and is an awesome event to attend and with a wide choice of villas to rent in Portugal you can join in the festival too. Portugal Carnival celebrates in many ways ranging from the more traditional festas to the truly outrageous and raucous masquerades and parties.

Portugal Carnival
Portugal Carnival

You can choose how to enjoy Portugal Carnival from villas to rent in Portugal. Cities come alive and people get feral acting in excess before they purge their systems for the sombre time of Lent. The festival of Carnival began as a reason to 'get it all out of your system' before observing Lent. Great halls filled with masked people and behind those masks they let their inhibitions go.

Some Carnivals are fairly traditional while some are seriously debauched. Some Carnival celebrations begin one week before Ash Wednesday and some begin as early as the November the previous year.

Funchal Carnival on Madeira Island

On the island of Madeira, just north of the Canary Islands, the capital city of Funchal celebrates one of Portugal’s more traditional Carnival events. On Carnival Saturday the main parade makes its way through the city streets to the beats of live music with dancers abound. The floats are magnificently decorated and you might find yourself in the middle of what seems like a fantasy.

Torres Vedras Carnival

The city lies 40 minutes north of Lisbon and is packed with feasts and frivolity for the Torres Vedras Carnival festival. Fireworks explode in the black night sky and cast a glow on the masked figures dancing below. Some costumes are laughable, some are haunting, but nothing is out of bounds here. There is an abundance of villas in Portugal around the Lisbon area that cater to all sorts of budgets and tastes. Choose yours today, begin arranging your best Carnival costume.

Lisbon Carnival from Lisboa e Vale do Tejo Villas

You might think you are in Rio when Lisbon Carnival kicks off from the doorstep of the Lisboa e Vale do Tejo villas. The parades, floats, food, fireworks and dancing could make you dizzy with merriment. Parque das Nacoes is a massive complex where most of the fun takes place, but the whole city does have a hand in the events as you will see when get into the festival spirit of a Portugal carnival. Choose from fantastic villas to rent in Portugal with VillasPeople.com today.

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