Carnaval in Loulé

Carnaval de Loulé

Just before Lent, Loulé shimmies into something sexy and sequinned, with parades, tractor-drawn floats and lots of musical high jinks. Friday is the children’s parade and Sunday's the big one.
Music in Loulé


This world-music festival has gained a reputation as a quality event and now attracts strong line-ups of international performers.
Religious in Loulé

Nossa Senhora da Piedade

Linked to ancient maternity rites, this romaria (religious festival) is the Algarve’s most important. On Easter Sunday a 16th-century image of Our Lady of Pity (or Piety) is carried down from its hilltop chapel, 2km…