Held in Faro, the Festa da Ria Formosa is a festival devoted to the celebrated seafood of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve. A beautiful coastal lagoon which has recently been designated one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa is famous for its shellfish. Now in its 25th year, the Parque de São Francisco fills up with fishermen, restaurants and wine merchants setting up their stalls to tempt you with the tasty delicacies from the sea. The eleven-day festival features local dancers and rock bands which take to the stage at 10pm every evening and keep you dancing until 2am the following day.
The Festival takes place for eleven days in the Parque de São Francisco in Faro, the capital of one of Portugal’s most visited regions, the Algarve. The festival usually takes place in the last week of July and the first week of August and is open each day from around 7pm to 2am. Although you have to pay to taste the freshly caught seafood, of course, the festival is free to enter. To get to the festival, fly in to Faro International Airport which offers regular flights to and from other cities in Europe.
While you’re in the Algarve for the seafood festival, take the opportunity to spend some time exploring this fascinating Natural Park. Spread out over 18,000 hectares, the Ria Formosa contains two peninsulas and five barrier-islands and has a very rich and diverse natural life. Not only is it a great place to view migrating birds, being a stopover for over 20,000 birds of them on their way between Africa and Europe, the area is also home to a variety of endangered species. Among them are chameleons, seahorses and the Portuguese Water Dog.
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While you’re in the Algarve, make sure you leave enough time to see the sights of this gorgeous area, including: Faro Cathedral, Museu Municipal de Faro and Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo.
To find out more information about the seafood festival, please head to Faro council’s official website where you’ll be able to view the full list of activities, check out the official programme of events at the and see videos and photos from the 2017 event.
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