October in Portugal | Portugal Visitor
October in Portugal
Portuguese Culture: Festivals & Events in Portugal in October
By October the heat of August and July is a distant memory. Autumn is here and the trees are beginning to shed their leaves.
The weather in Portugal in October sees cool even slightly chilly beginnings and ends to the day. There is a good chance of rain in many parts of the country. Shop windows begin to feature Christmas goods.
Portugal’s beaches are by now all but deserted but are still great places to stroll and enjoy the sea air.
Festivals in October in Portugal
See a festival listing for October in Portugal.
Early October in Vila Franca de Xira sees the Feira de Outubro. There is bull-running and a series of bullfights in the Praça de Touros Palha Blanco.
October 12-13 sees the second large annual pilgrimage to Fatima to celebrate the ‘Miracle of the Sun’ of 1913.
The Feira de Santa Iria in Faro is the town’s largest traditional festa held in the middle of the month.
Lagos celebrates its connection with Portugal’s maritime past with the Festa dos Descobrimentos (Festival of the Discoveries) with processions (late October/early November) in period costume through the town’s streets.
Late October to early November The National Gastronomic Festival in Santarem. The festival began in 1980 and each day of the event is dedicated to a region and its food culture.
The Festival da Francesinha in Porto pays homage to the city’s signature Francesinha – a dish of bread, grilled steak, ham and cheese in a beer and tomato sauce, often topped with a fried egg.
October Music Festivals
MOGA Festival Caparica 2021 is a electronic music festival in Caparica. In 2021 it will be held from October 8-11. There are beach parties, biking, hiking, surfing, and yoga in addition to the music.
Festa D’Anaia is a smaller electro festival with many Portuguese artists held in Pena, 20 km northwest of Coimbra. In 2021 it will be held from October 15-17.
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