Events in the Golden Triangle - Algarve - Portugal
Looking for information about events in the Golden Triangle, Algarve, Portugal? Then you've come to the right place! Find out what's going on around Almancil, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, including local markets, great annual events and see when the Algarve bank holidays are so you don't miss out on something or on a practical note, get caught out by the supermarkets closing.
Algarve Events April 2017
Not only are we looking forward to some fabulous weather, but we’ve got a great programme of April Algarve events too, including lots of Easter events for a real taste of local culture!
So let’s start with some not-to-be-missed Easter events! Easter Sunday is April 16th and the Algarve celebrates “Páscoa” with the famous “Festa Pequena” (Small Feast) of the “Festa da Mãe Soberana” in Loulé, which is the biggest religious festivity of the region, attracting thousands of people for the procession where the statue of the patron saint is brought down from its sanctuary to the Church of São Francisco, where it will stay until the Festa Grande 2 weeks later. In the morning of the "Big Feast", the statue of the Sovereign Mother leaves in a procession from the Church of São Francisco towards the Engineer Duarte Pacheco Monument, where there is a religious service. In the afternoon, the Eucharist is celebrated at the Church of São Francisco, followed by the procession through the main streets of the city, with the high point being the ascent to the Sanctuary.Traditionally the day ends with fireworks.
The other famous Easter Algarve event is the “Flower Torches Festival” in São Brás de Alportel, one of the most important traditions in the town, where the streets around the church are lined with carpets of flowers and people join together in a procession with their hand made flower torches. The event starts at 9.30am, the procession is at 11am and festivities go on until 3.30pm.
The Easter programme also includes the “Triumphal Procession” on Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter Sunday) in Tavira, starting at 4pm at the Igreja (church) of Nossa Senhora do Carmo and there are “Folar” cake fairs (“Folares da Páscoa”) across the region, where everyone tucks into traditional bread, often made with hard-boiled eggs inside (some even with the shell still!).
Across the month we’ve also got power boat racing and motor racing in Portimão, a basketball festival in Albufeira, an MTB Marathon Ride in Alte, the Algarve Spa Week, concerts, music, markets and more! To get all of the details check out the Visit Algarve April 2017 Events Guide and pop into any tourist information office when you get here to make sure you don’t miss out on something!