If you fancy stepping back in time, why not visit Castro Marim? For the seventh year running, the town is recreating life as it was in medieval Portugal. The famous four-day Dias Medievais festival is centered around the castle area and features knights jousting to impress demure damsels, jokers and tumblers entertaining the crowd, an exhibition of torture instruments, period music and a medieval banquet. Street traders ply their goods dressed in authentic costumes, musicians play long forgotten instruments and bakers, cobblers and other craftsmen demonstrate ancient skills. The festival runs until September 5. Entry is five euros for adults and two euros for children.