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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)

Visit Lisbon Festival from villas in Portugal

The Lisbon Festival lasts for three weeks in June in celebration of their patron St Anthony, patron saint of matrimony. Traditional Portuguese singing, called Fado, rings out across the streets and can be heard from villas in Portugal.

Lisbon Festival
Lisbon Festival

Concerts, fairs and theatres all join in the excitement that lasts until the wee hours. The Lisbon Festival is a must see when you book villas in Portugal with VillasPeople.com.

Lisbon Festival

The Lisbon Festival is purely magic and the revelry enraptures the entire city. The 70 year old Parade is easily one of the most important features to the people.

Lisbon is divided into districts and each year they compete against one another for the Parade title with Fado music in full flow. All year is spent preparing a theme, decorating for the parade and choreographing their performance.

For three days before the parade the citizens are judged and critiqued all culminating in the fabulous show that will wind its way through the city to the enjoyment and cheers of spectators. Browse our selection of villas in Portugal so that you may enjoy all the highlights of the festival.

St Anthony

St Anthony was considered one of the foremost miracle workers of his time. In Italy on a failing missionary journey, he knelt by a river and suddenly had an audience of fish. The town’s people heard of this miracle and finally accepted St Anthony. Today in Lisbon sardines represent those fish and people all over the city eat them in honour of this event.

Unwed girls try countless ways to discover who their future husband might be. From burying a statue of St Anthony upside down, to holding water in their mouths until a name pops into their mind.

St Anthony Bread

St Anthony Bread comes from a tale of the 13th century. A child drowned and the mother told St Anthony if the child could be restored she would give his weight in bread to the poor. The child came back to life and so she gave the bread to the poor. Now people insert a piece of paper with a special prayer into a bread ball and give it to St Anthony.

Fado singing

Lisbon Festival is a gem of a festival with so many different things going on for nearly the entire month of June. The districts spend enormous amounts of time and great effort to decorate their streets and shops. The scene of the city becomes brilliantly colourful and one cannot help but smile whilst absorbing it all.

Music and the Marchas Populares

Temporary stages pop up all over Lisbon and you cannot go very far without hearing Fado, traditional Portuguese singing whose tones are reminiscent of lament. Marchas Populares is the big parade where the boroughs show off all their hard work. People on stilts sway down the streets, couples dance to the energetic music and onlookers watch in awe as the extraordinary costumes march by.

Food stalls are set up all over the city filling the air with grilled sardine smells, while beer pours freely. And as the Fado singing fades into the background, colourful fireworks illuminate the skies overhead, and for three solid weeks the Lisbon Festival celebrates what it is to be Portuguese – and you can see it all by booking villas in Portugal now.

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