Portugal has managed to maintain an amazing variety of Festivals, Feiras (market days), Festas (carnivals and folk days) and Romarias (pilgrimage and Saints Days), both at a national, regional and local levels. Each represents an excellent excuse to shut up shop or leave work early. There is always something going on during the weekend...look out for leaflets, posters and banners that spring up around villages a few weeks before each event. Oh, and don't forget the 13 Bank Holidays!

A bit of local colour