The popularity of medieval fairs in the Algarve continues to grow, with Castro Marim’s ‘Medieval Days’ having attracted over 90,000 people between August 28 and September 1.
Every year, organisers try to improve the event’s “historic accuracy” in order to make visitors really feel like they are in the Middle Ages. The castle and village go back in time to the medieval era and welcome kings and queens, knights in shining armour, jesters, merchants, monks, ladies and noblemen.
As always, there were horseback tournaments, a variety of street entertainment, live music and dance performances, an exhibition of torture instruments and a medieval market.
One of the highlights was the medieval banquet, which this year attracted around 1,000 people.
Organisers also say that they were able to “drastically reduce” the waste generated by the event, an effort which they hope will be rewarded with the title of ‘Eco Event’.
Photos: Dias Medievais