‘Medieval Days’ return to Castro Marim

Castro Marim is hosting the 20th edition of its ‘Medieval Days’ (Dias Medievais) fair this week.

The event started on Wednesday (August 23) and is running until Sunday (August 27), allowing visitors to experience what it was like to live during the Middle Ages.

The main festivities happen inside the town’s castle, including fairs, medieval tournaments on horseback, an exhibition of instruments of torture and even a ‘royal medieval banquet’.

One of the novelties this year will be a ‘video mapping’ show that will turn one of the castle’s walls into a “giant screen” on which the history of the town will be revealed in a ‘lighting, design and sound’ spectacle.

The show is scheduled for 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Eastern Algarve town’s streets also come alive during the event with musical entertainment, fire breathers, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, storytellers and swordsmen.

Festivities begin at 3pm outside the castle’s walls and at 5pm inside.

Ticket prices range from €3 to €50, depending on which parts of the fair people want to access (the street fair, the castle, or both) and whether or not you want to take part in the medieval banquet.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at several local stores or at Fnac, Worten and El Corte Inglés.

Castro Marim residents can enter for free, needing only to pick up their bracelet from the Gabinete de Apoio ao Munícipe (GAM), the parish council or the Castro Marim Consigo service.

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