Albufeira has announced the return of the municipality’s Carnival festivities, promising “double the fun” this year.
In the town of Albufeira, the special occasion will be celebrated with the traditional Carnival ‘Baile’ (dance) at the Espaço Multiusos de Albufeira (EMA) between February 18 and 21.
The party will be held between 9pm and 3am on the first three days, encouraging visitors to dress up and dance the night away. A matinée is planned for the final day between 2pm and 8pm, and will include a costume contest for children aged 12 and under.
Carnival (‘Carnaval’ in Portuguese) will also be celebrated in Paderne and Ferreiras, each town hosting their own unique parades between February 19 and 21.
Over 200 people will take part in the festivities in Paderne, where the borough’s most traditional Carnival party is held. From 2pm to 6pm, dozens of floats will parade through the town before the crowning of the King and Queen of Paderne Carnival.
In Ferreiras, the parades will be held between 2pm and 5pm on Avenida 12 de Julho from Rua da Estação all the way to the municipal market.
Carnival parties are held all over Portugal, with the Algarve borough of Loulé also hosting one of the most popular in the whole country.