Throughout June the Portuguese capital celebrates with considerable gusto the Festas de Lisboa, a series of musical and cultural events held at various venues across the city. Many of these are... Read More
Throughout June the Portuguese capital celebrates with considerable gusto the Festas de Lisboa, a series of musical and cultural events held at various venues across the city. Many of these are concentrated in the Alafama district, and in particular the huge unfolding street party that takes place on the night of June 12. This is when the entire population of Lisbon it seems pays homage to their favourite saint, Santo Antonio. The narrow and decorated lanes of the old Moorish quarter tremble under the weight of thousands of revellers drawn to the many ad hoc food and drink stands erected for the occasion. Floating on the breeze are the mouth-watering aromas of charcoal grilled chicken and sardine. Beer, wine and sangria flows in alarming quantities and traditional music fills the air. The party continues well into the small hours and the festival remains one of the most vibrant and animated in Portugal.
- Alfama/Graça's Best Nightlife: "Some may find the huge throng of partygoers on the night somewhat claustrophobic. But the evenings leading up to June 12 while just as colourful and lively are less crowded."
- Best for Alfama/Graça's Best Nightlife Because: Eagerly anticipated, the annual Festas de Lisboa is an excuse for one big street party, with plenty of exciting cultural events taking place throughout June.