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Carnival in Loulé, a party you can’t miss

Have a blast this Carnival in Loulé, Algarve. Discover a tradition with more than 100 years. Dance to samba rhythms and Portuguese tunes.

A Carnival celebration with 100 years of history

If you thought the real Carnival experience only happened in Brazil, then you’re in for a surprise if you end up visiting Portugal this time of the year. It’s been more than 300 years since we took this tradition to Brazil and we’re still proud to host one of the most brilliant, fun and crazy Carnival parties in Europe. Carnival, also known as Entrudo in Portugal, is a pagan festival which is always celebrated in Portugal on a Tuesday, 47 days before Easter Sunday. It marks the beginning of forty days of fasting, just before Easter. In the past, people would get together and have large feasts with lots of meat which wasn’t allowed by the Catholic church during Lent. Nowadays, this is an opportunity to dress up, dance like crazy, play pranks and eat and drink with your friends and family.

Carnival parade in the centre of Loulé

In Portugal, Carnival is an optional holiday and every municipality will have different ways to celebrate it. Throughout the week we will look at the different celebrations around the country. We will start with Loulé, a city in the Algarve known to throw one of the most traditional parties.

Every year, huge crowds flock to Loulé making this Carnival celebration, one of the busiest in the country. Carnival in Loulé is known for its fun social comments on society. A few years ago the Corso’s motto was Troika, with many satirical figures portraying the political context of Portugal at the time. This year, the theme will be the Web Summit and the entrepreneurial and technological world. There will be around 14 floats that will parade through the streets of Loulé, along with samba schools and the traditional Corso of Carnival. Around the city, there will be many parties and sports activities for you to join.

When is it happening?

From 11th to 13th February | Start: 3pm | Entrance: €2 | Address: Avenida José da Costa Mealha.

Where to stay

We don’t want you to miss the chance to have a unique experience in Portugal. Here are some of the hotels where you can stay if you want to come and enjoy a winter break during the Carnival celebrations. 

If you’re on a budget, you can stay at Dom Fernando II, a family run B&B, right int the centre of Loulé. It’s €180 for two people, for 4 nights, with breakfast included. If you’re travelling with a bigger group you can always rent this villa for €400, it accommodates 6 and it has a small garden where you can enjoy some much-needed vitamin D.  This villa is also very nice. The price is €600.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation right in Loulé, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.  Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for €216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only €96 for two.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation right in Loulé, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.  Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for €216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only €96 for two.

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