Lagoa’s candlelit market returns to celebrate Mediterranean cultures

The many cultures of the Mediterranean will be the theme of Lagoa’s candlelit market ‘Mercado de Culturas… à Luz das Velas’, which will be held between July 4 and 7 at the São José Convent and in surrounding streets.

Organisers are expecting around 50,000 people for the sixth edition of the event, which every year sees thousands of candles being lit in the form of religious and cultural symbols along the town’s streets.

Streets are lined with stalls which this year will be manned by around 60 craftsmen from all over the world.

For the first time, streets will be assigned specific themes – Arab, African and Oriental – and there will also be an area with stalls selling Mediterranean aromatic plants.

Another highlight of the event is its wealth of musical entertainment.

Among the confirmed artists and bands are Terra Taranta (Italy), Christos Kanellos (Greece), Helena Madeira (Portugal), El Laff (Morocco), and Lafra (Croatia, Bulgaria and Slovenia).

The programme also includes an exhibition of “musical instruments with history” at the local convent and three daily musical showcases of each instrument.

Mediterranean cuisine will play a big role in the event, with the convent’s cloisters being turned into an ‘Andalusian tavern’ with tapas and snacks from the south of Spain, including wine and Iberian ‘jamón’.

Admission is free with the event taking place between 7pm and 12.30am each day.