An epic celebration typified by parades, costumes and lively festive vibes, The Loulé Carnival is the oldest and biggest in Portugal with a history dating back more than 100 years.
- When? TBC 2018
- Where? Avenida José da Costa Mealha, Faro District
- Price: €2.00 on entry
The yolk could be on you if you think you're immune from a flying egg during the Loulé Carnival. Portugal's answer to Rio's equivalent can get a little messy as egg launching and water-bombs are part of the traditional festivities in the Algarve at this time of year - don't say we didn't warn you.
This huge event is regarded as one of the biggest in Portugal and people come from all over the Algarve to capture the buzzing festival atmosphere. It usually begins on the Friday with a children's carnival, followed by further celebrations on Saturday and Sunday before a grand finale on Shrove Tuesday. Thousands flock the city streets to drink, dance and party while colourful floats topped by musical groups, Brazilian dancers and clusters of people in spectacular giant costumes light up the city parades.
You also might see a few people throwing eggs and water-bombs - even outside of the main carnival streets - which apparently, is all part of the fun. You'll have to pay a fee to enter Loule's central enclosed area but it's a small price to pay to enjoy one of Europe's most loved and historic carnivals. Procession's usually start at 3pm so it's best to arrive early and get an good spot.
Just remember to keep your wits about you - no-one likes being left with egg on their face.
- Get there: If you aren't staying close by, take the bus or a taxi into the city centre.
- Stay: We'd recommend staying in the city centre, but you'll find cheaper accommodation on the outskirts.
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