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Holy Week Festival - Braga
April 2009

Located in the city of Braga in the Minho region of northern Portugal, this religious celebration is a combination of festivals, ceremonies, carnivals and processions which centre around many of the monuments and churches that can be seen all around the city.

Very popular with visitors to the area, the city is decorated with flowers, religious motifs and street altars. Crowds parade around the city displaying their colourful painted faces, a fantastic event and one of Portugal's most important events of the year.

Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte just outside the city and climb the stairs to the church for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Processions are held on the nights of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday where hooded penitents parade around the city walls with torches.

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Portugal Open Golf - Quinta da Marinha Oitavos
April 2009

The Portugal Open is one of the tournaments of the PGA European Tour circuit. Founded in 1953, the Portuguese open became part of the European tour in 1972 and it is traditionally the first tournament of the Tour in Europe.

This competition is usually played in perfect sunshine at some of the best courses in Portugal.


Medieval Days in Castro Marim
August

Castro Marim is a picturesque village, it's 14th century castle plays host to one of Portugal's historical events in August, the Feira Medieval  and for four days and nights returns to the Middle Ages, offering visitors to celebrate a time in history with a procession of kings, queens, knights, jesters, noblemen and ladies.

Jousting tournaments, street theatre performances, medieval music, handicrafts and merchandise fairs selling local products and a medieval banquet complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling visitors to relive life in the Middle Ages.

The area includes Portugal's oldest nature reserve, Reserva Natural Do Sapal De Castro Marim e Vila Real De Santo Antonio. Established in 1975 the park covers 20sq km of marsh land and attracts winter visitors such as Greater Flamingos, Spoonbills and Caspian Turns.


Campo Maior Flower Festival - Campo Maior
September

One of the most popular festivals in the whole of Portugal is held in Campo Maior - the Festa das Flores (Flower Festival), also known as the Festa do Povo (Festival of the People). Residents of each street join together to decorate their neighbourhood with paper flowers. This is a popular event for tourists and thousands of people come to see the beautifully decorated town.

Campo Maior is also home to the Ossuary Chapel, which was built in 1766 and is one of only three chapels of its kind in Portugal.


Óbidos Chocolate Festival
February

This two week Chocolate Festival in the town of Obidos celebrates everything chocolate, from chocolate sculptures, fashions, recipe contest and lots of chocolate eating, a must for anyone with a sweet tooth!

€5 for anyone over the age of 12. Children’s Chocolate House for kids under 11 €4.


Pilgrimage to Fatima - Fatima
12th - 13th Monthly 

Each month thousands of religious pilgrims travel to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima on the 12th and 13th May. The pilgrimage celebrates the date when in 1917 when it is said that apparitions of the Virgin Mary (also known as Fatima in Portugal) appeared before three young shepherds on 13th day in May.

Visitors can join in the ceremonies including the night time Candles Procession which sees thousands of visitors carry lighted candles to the site.


Feast of St. Anthony - Lisbon
12th June

Visit Lisbon on the eve of St. Anthony's Day and join in the festivities in the city's historical districts.The areas of Alfama, Castelo, Mouraria and the Bairro Alto are filled with music and colour to celebrate the birth in Lisbon of St. Anthony.


The Queima das Fitas -  Coimbra
May


The Queima das Fitas (Burning of the Ribbons representing each faculty of the University of Coimbra) is a traditional festival of the students of some Portuguese universities. Originally organised by the students of the University of Coimbra, the week long festival celebrates the end of graduation. Consisting of concerts, performances and parades the students turn Coimbra into a lively and vibrant city.


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