It’s roasted chestnut season!

It’s roasted chestnut season!

Portugal’s traditional ‘magusto’ parties are due to begin on Friday, bringing people together to celebrate the end of summer by roasting chestnuts and drinking jeropiga (a traditional alcohol drink).

‘Magustos’ are held almost everywhere in the Algarve, sometimes organised privately by friends and families and others held by local clubs, associations or even local councils for all to attend.

Lagoa will host its party on Saturday at Largo 5 de Outubro at 10am, followed by a party at Carvoeiro’s beachside square at 3pm on Sunday.

Albufeira also has three ‘magustos’ planned – one in Ferreiras starting at 4pm at the Nora sports complex car park, one in Paderne starting at 2pm at Praça Comendador António Libânio Correia, and another in Guia at the municipal market starting at 4pm.

The autumn tradition will also be celebrated in Quarteira on Sunday, with festivities due to take place between 3pm and 6pm in front of Centro Autárquico de Quarteira.

For those who prefer to work for their food, a 10km hike will take place in the village of Cortelha in Salir (Loulé) on Sunday at 9am. Those who complete the hike will find a true autumn feast awaiting them, including roasted chestnuts, sweet potato, homemade bread and much more (to sign up, visit Associação dos Amigos da Cortelha on Facebook).

Be sure to check around where you are in the Algarve to see if any local ‘magustos’ are also taking place.