Picturesque village with only three inhabitants ‘raided’ due to illegal rave

Police had a fining field-day in the picturesque Lousã village of Catarredor last Sunday.

Over 30 young people were found – all outside – but nonetheless contravening measures in place to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Fines were liberally handed out, and charges drawn up for drug possession and even ‘trafficking’.

This was ‘an illegal rave’, explains Correio da Manhã (though it is hard to imagine a legal rave, particularly during a pandemic).

The three hosts were the village’s only inhabitants, and thus the majority of guests were instantly liable for fines for being out of their borough of residence.

Says CM, many had travelled from Porto, Guarda and Viseu to take part in the party.

The village was described by Jornal de Notícias some years ago as “lost in the Serra de Lousã”.

It has been a magnet for people with alternative lifestyles for decades, and is part of a string of hamlets that used to be known as ‘hippie villages’.