Travel to Lisbon for Festas de Lisboa
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon invites you to the month-long Lisbon festival celebrating traditional Portuguese culture.
Lisbon is famous for its year-round nightlife, but June is definitely one of the best times to experience the Portuguese party scene. Make Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon your home base for the annual Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon Festivals)—a month of celebrations intended to pay tribute to important saints.
The city is swathed in colourful paper garlands. People spill into the narrow streets, listening to folk music and dancing, eating grilled sardines and drinking Portugal’s famous vinho verde (young “green” wine).
Events take place in every part of Lisbon, but especially in the historic districts of Alfama and Mouraria, with street entertainment, cinema, music, theatre and folk festivities both day and night.
In a traditional symbol of friendship, local people present each other with small pots of basil and give paper carnations inscribed with poems. (They can become lovely souvenirs.)
Celebrating the Eve of St. Anthony’s Day
The celebrations reach a peak on June 12—the eve of St. Anthony’s Day, honouring Lisbon’s patron saint.
Sixteen couples from various city parishes are married in a huge collective wedding ceremony at St. Anthony Church (Igreja de Santo Antonio). The newlyweds are then driven around town in vintage automobiles as the sun begins to set. Spectators cheer them on as they go by.
With evening comes a giant parade, the Marchas Populares, flowing down the Avenida da Liberdade, getting everyone dancing with lively folk music and samba bands. The parade then transforms itself into a massive street party in the Alfama district.
Boat Processions on the Tagus River
Expect more festivities on St. John’s Days, June 23 and 24, while St. Peter’s Days on June 28 and 29 herald the climax. To bring a beautiful close to the Festas de Lisboa, several boat processions move down the Tagus River, which flows through the centre of the city. It’s an inspiring sight to witness, and it’s worth planning your Lisbon visit accordingly.
Learn more about the Festas de Lisboa and other intriguing activities in the regularly updated Lisbon City Guide, designed as an online flipbook.
To start planning your Lisbon adventure, visit Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.