Saturday, 24 October 2009

St Martins Fair, 347th in Portimão, nr Praia da Rocha, Algarve

Time to the enjoy traditional roasted chestnuts, the fried-dough pastry ‘farturas’ (known also as churros in Spain and other countries), grilled octopus, popcorn and lots of other foods at the restaurants present at the Fair.

At the Fair (Feira) you will find entertainment for people of all ages and tastes!

You will find exhibit stands of different industries, food products, bric-a-brac, metalwork, porcelain, items made of copper, clothes and shoes, quilts and many others.

Feira de São Martinho is a traditional fair dating back to 1662 during the reign of King Afonso VI of Portugal (The Victorious). The fair was created to celebrate St. Martin's Day (November 11).

The fair is one of the most important Fairs in the annual calendar! Well worth a visit if you are at Praia da Rocha or elsewhere in the barlavento (western side of the Algarve) !

Friday 6th November 2009, 4PM – 1AM
Saturday 7th November 2009, 10AM – 1AM
Sunday 8th November till Thursday 12th November 2009, 10AM – Midnight
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2009: 10AM – 1AM
Sunday 15th November 2009: 10AM – 11PM

Entrance is by the Riverside or by Portimão’s bus depot.
Venue: Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão
Location: google map

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Links & Notes:

St. Martin started out as a Roman soldier who is understood to have been a kind man who led a quiet and simple life.

The most famous legend of his life is that he cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of cold.

Throughout Portugal, St. Martin's Day is celebrated by eating roast chestnuts and drinking sweet wines (Jeropiga)

Algarve Holiday Studio:

For a memorable stay at Praia da Rocha, Algarve!

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