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Festivals, food markets in Portugal during June

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Hi everybody!

I am taking my mom to Portugal for 10 day trip (June 18-30 2011). We are staying at friends house in Lisbon, but we are planning to visit all top places around Portugal. My mom is huge lover of street festivals, dances, wine tastings etc. and that would be absolutely awesome be there and participate in all those events.

Could anybody please share their experiences and post events during June in Evora, Lisbon, Porto etc.

Thank you very much!

P.S. We are very easygoing people and would love to know some local scouts, who are interested to show us around :)

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  1. There's a very large weekly market in the town of Barcelos every Thursday. We went last year and it really is large. It sets up in the main square of the town and they sell everything from clothing to chickens. Lots of typical pottery, cheese, fruit, vegetables - the works. It's great and if you're in the area you should check it out. We stayed overnight in town so we could be there in the morning. Barcelos is north of Porto.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Thank you so much for quick reply, will put it in my TO DO list. If you are planning go to Copenhagen (i live there now), I can give you some nice tips. As well as about Granada in Spain, Barcelona, Riga (Latvia), Russia and Istanbul :)

    2. June is the time of the "Santos Populares" in Portugal & I suggest you Google these 2 words.
      You want to be in Porto on / by the river for the celebrations of Sao João (the night of June 22nd) and in Lisbon for Sao Pedro (28 June) . Unfortunately you will miss Santo Antonio (June 13) and the big "marchas". Lot of street food at these occasions, and a very festive ambiance.
      Enjoy!

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      1. re: monchique

        Thank you, I will google these two words and get more information :)

        1. re: elenarose1987

          if you are interested in food festivals check out the agenda at insider-cooking and their "what else" section. lots of tips for Sintra area. Sintras local holiday is on 29th of June, their is a little festivity on a lovely in sao pedro just beneath pena castle.