July events in Portugal

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July is beach time, but if you are looking for things to do in Portugal, then we have 5 of the best events for you to enjoy.

5th – 7th July RFM SOMNII – Figueira da Foz

For three days, the RFM SOMNII will bring the huge beach of Praia do Relógio in Figueira da Foz to life, with the sounds of the best DJs in the world. Sun, beach, sunset parties and plenty of electronic music in a wonderful natural setting are the ingredients of this festival. This unique experience attracts a bigger audience every year.

9th – 31st July – Cool Jazz Festival – Cascais

Summer nights, beautiful gardens, and excellent music - the Cool Jazz Festival showcases top contemporary singers and instrumentalists in stunning open-air locations. This area used to be the leisure grounds for kings and noblemen, and it offers a wealth of attractions including beautiful palaces, museums, bustling and serene beaches, great restaurants, and various amusements.

18th – 21st July – 42nd Motorcycle Rally – Faro

This is the biggest gathering of motorcycles in Europe attracting visitors from all over the world. During the event, there is entertainment throughout Faro City, major concerts, shows and specialised trade fairs. Dive into the biker spirit, listen to a lot of rock, drink (in moderation!), enjoy the views and celebrate with fellowship!

18th – 28th July – Medieval Fair - Obidos

Visit the Obidos medieval market, and step back in time. Surrounded by its high town walls, here you will find hundreds of extras and actors, fully dressed in medieval costumes, animate the town’s streets, as they portray noblemen, beggars, mule drivers, jugglers, musicians, jesters and dancers. Next to the castle, you can see jousting tournaments, medieval dinners and the market, where everything is sold from medieval costumes to traditional home-made medicinal remedies.

Throughout July – Sardine Season – everywhere!

July and August are peak sardine season in Portugal, celebrated with feasts and festivals across the country. Grilled whole sardines are a common feature on restaurant menus, often served with buttery, boiled potatoes. Known as ‘sardinhas assadas’, this traditional dish is best enjoyed on a sunny patio with a glass of white wine or a cold beer.

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