Fairs & Festivals

November 26 to 29 – Albufeira Autumn Fair “Feira Franca”. Fun for the whole family, from the usual rides to stands selling local produce such as honey, nuts, sweet potatoes and a variety of sweets and ‘farturas’. Fairground near the local bus station

November 26 to 28 – Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival. Stands will be selling ‘petiscos’ and everything from sweet potato chocolates and liqueurs to jams, firewaters, ice creams and even craft beers! Visitors can also taste roasted or fried sweet potatoes, or simply buy the root vegetable raw to cook at home. Dozens of exhibitors will also take part selling local produce and handicraft. Espaço Multiusos de Aljezur, 12 noon to midnight. Free admission

November 27 & 28 – Christmas Market. Tavira, Mercearia Conserveira, Urbanização Tavira Garden, 10am to 4pm

November 27 – Quinta Shopping Christmas Fair. 50 exhibitors will be present with several products of the season, and a wide variety of handcraft products, food and beverages of the Algarve region, for all tastes and preferences, For the little ones Santa will arrive at 11.30am. Quinta Shopping in Quinta do Lago, 10am to 5pm

November 27 to December 8 – São Bartolomeu de Messines Food Week. Participating restaurants

November 28 – Christmas Fayre at Centre Algarve. There will be live Carol Singing & Christmas music, 30+ crafts & gift stalls, produce stalls with chutneys, jams and more, refreshments including mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto with gifts and photographs, raffle & tombola with some great prizes, face painting and much more! Free admission but donations appreciated. Centre Algarve, Moncarapacho, 10am to 4pm. In aid of the Associacao Causa Vibrante Giving Holidays to families with special needs or disabled children. 962 812 230

November 28 – Azinhal Monthly Walk and Market. Azinhal, from 9am

Until January 2 – Forum Algarve Christmas Village and Ice Skating rink return to Forum Algarve Shopping in Faro. Santa will be at the village between 11am and 1pm, 3pm and 5.30pm and 6pm and 8pm until December 23, and between 11am and 1pm on Christmas Eve (December 24)

Until January 6 – Christmas Village and ice rink at MAR Shopping Algarve. The synthetic ice rink is open Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 8pm, Friday, Saturday 10am to 10pm