“Coolest market in the south” returns to Portimão
“Coolest market in the south” returns to Portimão

“Coolest market in the south” returns to Portimão

This month marks the return of the Lota Cool Market – the “coolest market in the south of Portugal” – to Portimão between July 21 and 24.

Taking place from 6pm to 1am inside and around the renovated riverside Lota building, the event will feature “eco-friendly” craftspeople, local businesses, food trucks, designers, and artists from a variety of backgrounds.

Among the confirmed food and drink-related companies taking part are Caipijoca’s, Rejoice, Rock n’ Doll, Le French Cookie, Polaroskas Street Food, Mosteiro das Hóstias, Aphrodite, A Escola do Gelado, Mini Donuts, Ginjola Alentejana and Kurtospt, as well as Lagar dos Pardieiros, Queijos Bilores and As Passinhas do Algarve.

Meanwhile, eco-friendly brands attending include Atelier Balancê, Aconchego, Wavi Art, Jewel Kat, Atelier das Jóias, Ponto Nato, Florista Suzel, Be Nature, Aummade, Ondas e Segmentos, Sun Bikinis, Cabaças do Amor, Pezinhos d’Algodão, Shyrénia’s Creations, Ildarte and Gagu Artesanato.

Event coordinator Nuno Vieira says that the theme will be “eCOOlogical vibes” in an attempt to raise awareness about sustainability and the importance of recycling and preserving natural resources.

There will also be local bands and artists performing. South Kick Band will be joined by “special guest” João Vila Nova on July 21, followed by The Voice Portugal finalist Gabriel de Rose on July 22, Os Mirandas on July 23 and Black Puzzle on July 24.

And to make sure there is something for visitors of all ages, there will also be bouncy castles and performances by the children’s theatre group Teatro Infantil de Portimão (TIPO).