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Festas de Lisboa, Santo Antonio Festival, Lisbon 2021
Santo Antonio Festival, Lisbon is one of Portugal’s most famous annual street parties taking place each year in early June and attracting thousands of visitors to the capital.
Lisbon’s Santo Antonio Festival is the most important annual festival in Lisbon and celebrates the life of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon, marriages and lost things. Historically, the event was known as “Festas dos Santos Populares,” meaning “Feasts of the Popular Saints,” but over time it has become more about street parties and a celebration of the city rather than religion.
Basil & Sardines
Events kick off in the early afternoon with many venues serving grilled sardines while folk music fills the vibrant and colorful streets of the city. The event is a favorite of the newly married or singles looking for a mate! Try gifting a traditional pot of basil for some romantic luck! You can pick them up at the Santo Antonio Church nearby Alfama.
The Main Parade
The highlight of the Santo Antonio Festival is the main procession where locals dress in stunning and elaborate costumes as they make their way along the Avenida da Liberdade. But this is no holy procession, this is a display that would rival carnival in Rio!
For the best views of the parade head to the historic streets of Alfama, Bica, Bairro Alto, Castelo, and Madragoa.
The main parade is made up of huge floats, dancers and musicians, creating a truly electric atmosphere. Locals and visitors mingle among the many restaurants in the city enjoying the traditional dishes served during the event. June 13th, the day after the main parade is a public holiday, so the post-parade parties last long into the night.
June in Lisbon is the Summer party season and the Santo Antonio Festival is part of the Festas dos Santos Populares, a month-long celebration of pagan and religious beliefs. Aside from this highlight, plenty of other events happen all over the city, including concerts, performances, exhibitions, movie screenings, and grill parties. The smoky scent of grilled sardines fills Lisbon‘s air and there’s no wondering why; every few steps will place you in front of yet another grill cooking a batch of fish. You can order a platter if you’re with a group of friends and find a place to sit, but the traditional way to eat a sardine is on a slice of rustic country bread, sans utensils and while standing.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action,
Recommended Apartments in Lisbon
These modern and spacious apartments are located in a renovated 18th-century building in Lisbon’s Chiado district. All apartments feature a spacious kitchen with a dishwasher and washing machine. Most have a private balcony.
Each apartment comes with a balcony, a dining area & private bathrooms with shower & free toiletries. The apartments include a double bedroom & the superior apartments have a double sofa-bed in the living room.
The apartment features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Free WiFi, air conditioning
All units have a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and or balcony. There is also a kitchen, fitted with an oven & microwave. as well as a coffee machine. A private bathroom with a bath or shower & free toiletries.
Video Of Santo António Festivities
Video Highlights of Santo Antonio Festival Lisbon
Recommended Hotels in Lisbon
Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!
Lisboa Carmo Hotel
4 Star, Great Location
Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.