A hugely-popular bikers rally, gastronomic events and fairs filled with tradition are the highlights of the Algarve’s cultural events for July.
Faro’s annual bikers rally attracts thousands of biking enthusiasts from all around the world. This year the festival will take place between July 18 and 21 at Vale das Almas, near Faro Airport, and feature a long list of entertainment, including motorbike parades and shows, concerts and competitions.
But if the biking lifestyle isn’t for you, there will be a lot more to do in the Algarve.
Albufeira Marina will host the 23rd ‘Feira de Caça, Pesca, Turismo e Natureza’ between July 5 and 7, giving visitors an opportunity to discover the many outdoor activities that are available in the Algarve. There will be delicious food, dog shows, competitions, horse-riding activities, live music and much more.
In São Brás de Alportel, the traditions of the Algarve’s inland communities will be celebrated during the ‘Feira da Serra’ scheduled to take place from July 25 to 28. This is an event not to be missed if you’re looking to enjoy an authentic experience of the region.
For lovers of shellfish, delicious, fresh seafood will be aplenty at ‘Festa da Ria Formosa’, which will be held from July 25 to August 4 at the Largo de São Francisco town square in Faro.
Portugal’s Eurovision song contest winner Salvador Sobral will perform at Palácio da Galeria in Tavira on Tuesday, July 23 at 10pm.
A concert that will undoubtedly attract thousands of fans will be the one by Brazil’s famous singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso at Faro’s Teatro das Figuras on July 10 at 9.30pm.
Several sports events are also planned, from the 24-hour endurance race organised by Creventic at the Portimão racetrack (July 5 to 7) to the 420 Sailing World Championship in Vilamoura (July 3 to 11).
Photo Ark, an internationally-renowned photo exhibition backed by National Geographic that aims to “get people to care” about saving endangered species “while there is still time”, can also be visited at Vilamoura Marina until the end of September.
The Algarve International Dance Summer School Gala (July 28 at 9.30pm at Faro’s Teatro das Figuras), the Alameda Beer Fest (July 4-6 at Jardim da Alameda in Faro) and Monchique’s ‘Festival do Presunto’ (July 20-21) are among the other highlights.
Information on these and other events can be found in ‘Guia Algarve’, a guide in Portuguese and English launched every month detailing what is going on in the Algarve (click here). The physical guide is also distributed for free at Faro Airport, hotels, travel agencies, rent-a-cars and golf courses.