Largest exhibition of sand sculptures in the world opens

WIN a free entry to FIESA 2012 on May 25 with the Algarve Resident!

FIESA 2012, considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world, is opening to the public today (Friday, May 25) and the Algarve Resident is offering its readers the chance to enter the event FOR FREE!

Held for the 10th consecutive year in Pêra, the sand sculpture exhibition is this year taking the theme of ‘Idols’ as a tribute to notable celebrities – either cinema or sports stars, fashion icons or politicians – who have left a mark on society.

This year, a new layout of the exhibition space will be presented, with visitors able to admire the show from a different dimension, with pathways constructed through the actual sculptures, some of which will reach a height of 12 metres.

Photo: Cy Silva
Photo: Cy Silva

Around 50 sculptors from around the world worked day and night to transform 35,000 tonnes of sand into gigantic sculptures ready for the official opening today.

And you can be one of the first to admire these fantastic works of art! The first 20 readers turning up at FIESA today (May 25) with a copy of this edition of the Algarve Resident will win free entry to the show!*

The festival, which runs until October, can be visited daily between 10am to midnight during the summer months, from 10am to 9pm from May 25 to June 29 and from 10am to 8pm from September 16 to October 25.

Tickets cost €9 per adult and €4.50 for children aged 6 to 12.

For more information, please call 282 317 084 or 969 459 259, email [email protected] or visit

*Only one copy of the newspaper valid per visiting group. Those accompanying the holder of the Algarve Resident copy are required to pay to enter the festival.