Cultural in Monsanto

Festa das Cruzes

On 3 May (or the nearest weekend) Monsanto bursts into life for the Festa das Cruzes, held to honour Nossa Senhora dos Cruzes and commemorate the invasion of the Moors.
Religious in Coimbra

Festa da Rainha Santa

Held in early July in even-numbered years, this festival commemorates Santa Isabel. On a Thursday night candlelit procession, her statue is carried from the Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova across the Ponte de Santa C…
Cultural in Viseu

Feira de São Mateus

Viseu’s biggest annual bash is this agricultural jamboree. Handicraft and food stalls are set up alongside amusementpark rides as concerts and fireworks provide the soundtrack. This direct descendant of the town’s o…
Art in Coimbra

Festival das Artes

From classical concerts in the park to jazz on the river, music takes to the streets of Coimbra for this annual arts festival. Events, which include film projections, dance performances and exhibitions, are held in …
Cultural in Aveiro

Ria de Aveiro

Aveiro celebrates its canals and moliceiros (traditional seaweed-harvesting boats) in summer, usually in July or August. Highlights include folk dancing and a moliceiros race, plus competitions for the best moliceir…
Fiesta in Coimbra

Queima das Fitas

Coimbra’s biggest bash is the Queima das Fitas, a boozy week of fado and revelry that takes place in the first week in May when students celebrate the end of the academic year.
Cultural in Almeida

Recriação Histórica do Cerco de Almeida

A lively (and well choreographed) re-enactment of a bloody 1810 battle which saw Almeida, defended by English and Portuguese troops, fall to French invaders. Held annually.
Religious in Aveiro

Feriado Municipal

Aveiro makes merry for five days in honour of the town's patron saint, Santa Joana. A key event is the traditional procession through the city centre on 12 May.
Cultural in Trancoso

Feira Medieval de Trancoso

On the last weekend in June Trancoso revisits its past with lots of dressing up, a medieval market in the castle area, jousting and more. It's lots of fun.
Fiesta in Aveiro

Feira de Março

Held from 25 March to 25 April, this festival dates back five and a half centuries. Nowadays it features everything from folk music to rock concerts.