As always, the Algarve events programme for 2018 is packed with a fantastic host of annual festivals and events, including the Portugal Rally, the Mardi Gras Carnival, and the renowned Portugal Masters. There is something for everyone from sizzling summer beach parties to medieval fairs and famous food festivals. Therefore, if you have not yet booked your villa holiday this year, the listed events below might just influence what time of year you choose to visit.
Traditional Sausage Fair, Monchique
This is where you can sample products made from every part of the notorious black pig as well as Medronho, the strawberry tree liqueur from the charming mountain town of Monchique.
Feira do Pão Quente e Queijo Fresco, Vaqueiros is the festival of fresh cheese and hot bread and the Gastronomy Festival of Serra, Tavira takes place from the end of March to April.
Rally of Portugal
Named on 5 different occasions as the Best Rally in the World, the Rally of Portugal celebrated its 50th-anniversary last year. The base for the event is the Algarve Stadium with superb stages at the start and end of the rally with lots of narrow gravel tracks and blind crests to challenge the skills of the drivers.
Liberation Day, April 25th is always an opportunity for entertainment with fireworks, music, and fantastic events in towns across the Algarve.
Easter Events take place across the region with traditional festivals like the Folar Fairs where the traditional ‘folar’ Easter cakes are on display, complete with unshelled hard-boiled eggs on top!
The Flower Torches Festival takes place on Easter Sunday in São Brás de Alportel and the traditional 'Festa Pequena', (The Feast of the Sovereign Mother) takes place in Loulé.
On Palm Sunday the Triumphal Procession takes place in Tavira, a religious event from the 18th century started by the Carmelite Order of Tavira. It is a spectacular parade of litters decorated with gilt woodwork and images of Christ depicting his life from the Mount of Olives to the Cross.
May Day celebrations include several festivals to celebrate spring with music and dancing and a chance to view the traditional skills of the region in bobbin lace, embroidery, basketwork, and esparto grass weaving.
The magnificent international Sand Sculpture Festival takes place at Pêra from May to October with a different theme each year.
Saints Festivals take place all over the region in June where the smells of grilled sardines from barbecues waft over the villages and towns and on warm nights partying continues until the small hours of the morning.
Food, food, and more food are of the order in June with a week of Portuguese gastronomy in Lagoa, the Caldeirada Fish Festival in Armação de Pêra, and Pleasures of the Sea in Aljezur.
The Algarve International Motorbike meeting takes place in Faro where thousands of motorbike enthusiasts from all over the world gather to view the latest innovations in biking.
FATACIL is a major handicraft, agriculture, tourism, and business fair held in Lagoa that includes exciting horse shows and evening entertainment.
The Sardine Festival is held in Portimão with barbecued sardines, live music, and entertainment.
Medieval fairs are held in Silves and Castro Marim and the Shellfish Festival in Olhão is a popular event with live music that keeps revelers up all night.
The Fisherman’s Festival is a gastronomy feast held in Albufeira where you can indulge to your heart's content in freshly caught seafood.
Fairground rides at Santa Iria Fair in Faro has lots of thrills and entertainment for everyone.
The renowned Portuguese Master's golf tournament in Vilamoura takes place at the longest 18-hole course in the country and attracts thousands of golf enthusiasts.