July in Algarve: Bikers rally, sweets, and traditions

July in Algarve: Bikers rally, sweets, and traditions

Faro’s bikers rally attracts thousands of people from all over the world

The Algarve is gearing up for another round of major events in July, the first of the two busiest months of the summer season.

The highlight will be the return of Faro’s bikers rally between July 14 and 17. Held for the last time in 2019 when it attracted around 25,000 people from all over the world to Faro, the rally will feature the usual high-profile concerts it is known for, with Sisters of Mercy (UK), D-A-D (Denmark) and Xutos e Pontapés (Portugal) among the reputed rock acts confirmed to perform.

Those with a need for speed will have another event to look forward to – Hankook 24h Portimão, which will take place at the Algarve International Racetrack between July 8 and 10. The 24-hour endurance race will feature GT3, GT4 and TRC cars and promises to put on quite a show.

July in Algarve: Bikers rally, sweets, and traditions

Elsewhere in the Algarve, Lagos is preparing to host the 33rd Arte Doce sweets competition between July 27 and 31. The event, which according to organisers will be the “biggest ever,” shines the spotlight on the most delicious sweets that the Algarve has to offer and also brings several of Portugal’s biggest musical acts to the Western Algarve town.

São Brás de Alportel has also confirmed the return between July 28 and 31 of its Feira da Serra, which celebrates local traditions, handicraft and gastronomy and will feature live performances by famous Portuguese musical artists.

The Algarve’s fishing and hunting traditions will also be highlighted at Albufeira’s Feira de Caça, Pesca, Turismo e Natureza from July 8 to 10. On the agenda are dog shows and exhibitions, honey contests, equestrian activities and the usual displays of regional handicraft and delicious food.

July in Algarve: Bikers rally, sweets, and traditions

Jazz lovers will also have something to look forward to, as genre icon John Pizzarelli will be paying tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole in Faro on July 18.

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. The physical guide is also distributed for free at Faro Airport, hotels, travel agencies, rent-a-cars and golf courses.

By Michael Bruxo
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com