Fair in Óbidos

Mercado Medieval

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


In 2015 Óbidos hosted its first literary festival. At the time of research it was planning its second and had attracted 2001 Noble Prize winner VS Naipaul. If this is anything to go by, it could be one to watch. Whi…
Religious in Nazaré

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

This annual pilgrimage, held in Sítio on 8 September (with celebrations until 23 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…
Religious in Nazaré

Festa do Mar

Held every year 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 …
Mardi Gras in Nazaré


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


Now in its second decade, the Cistermúsica festival is held in late July, and features classical concerts in the Alcobaça monastery and other local venues.
Food & Drink in Óbidos

Festival Internacional do Chocolate

This scrumptiously decadent month-long celebration with varying dates draws over 200,000 people with events for every age and taste, including a kids' playhouse made entirely from chocolate.