Top Choice Mardi Gras in Nazaré


One of Portugal’s brashest Mardi Gras celebrations, held in February and/or March, with lots of costumed parades and general irreverence. Many people dress up and the nights go loud and long.
Cultural in Tomar

Festa dos Tabuleiros

Tomar’s Festa dos Tabuleiros – literally 'Festival of the Trays', also known as Festa do Espírito Santo ('Festival of the Holy Spirit') – is a weeklong celebration with music, drinking, dancing and fireworks. The fe…
Fair in Óbidos

Mercado Medieval

This two-week medieval fair – held during late July/early August inside the castle grounds and below the town’s western wall – includes live entertainment, jousting matches (yes, on horses!), plenty of grog and pigs…
Literature in Óbidos


In recent years Óbidos has been reinventing itself as a literary centre: quirky and very atmospheric, themed bookshops abound and in 2015 it held Folio, its first literary festival which has attracted the likes of 2…
Religious in Nazaré

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

This annual pilgrimage, held in Sítio on 8 September (with celebrations until 24 September), sees a religious Mass in the sanctuary and a procession with the image of Our Lady in the streets of Sítio. As Nazaré’s bi…
Fair in Santarém

Feira Nacional da Agricultura

Promoting agricultural and food products, this is famous nationwide for its merriment, concerts, horse races, bullfights and night-time bull-running. It lasts 10 days in the first half of June and mostly takes place…
Religious in Nazaré

Festa do Mar

Held on the first Sunday afternoon in May, this festival features a parade with floats dedicated to local patron saints and a procession of decorated boats that leave the harbour and head around Nazaré’s beachfront.
Food & Drink in Santarém

Festival Nacional de Gastronomia

Held over a fortnight in October/November at the Casa do Campino, the Festival Nacional de Gastronomia encourages you to eat as much traditional Portuguese fare as you can.
Music in Alcobaça


Now in its second decade, the Cistermúsica festival is held from late June to late July, and features classical concerts in the Alcobaça monastery and other local venues.
Religious in Tomar

Círio de Nossa Senhora da Piedade

This important religious festival features a candlelit procession and a parade of floats decorated with paper flowers. It’s held on the first Sunday in September.