Devil on the loose: 7 traditional pagan carnivals to attend in Portugal

Caretos de Podence running through the streets during the Entrudo do Chocalheiro

The sound of jangling cowbells on a crisp winter evening is forever etched in my memory. The distinct clanging raises my heartbeat, taking me back to a few dark and wild nights in the remote north-west of Portugal, when I was traipsing about Podence trying to avoid encounters with the local caretos.  Every February the […]

Best music festivals in Portugal: Complete 2024 guide

Nos Alive is one of the best music festivals in Portugal

Each year, especially in summer, Portugal’s music festival calendar is packed with big-name artists, major festival line-ups and smaller boutique events. Expect to find music festivals in Portugal’s big cities of Lisbon and Porto, plus down south on the beaches of the Algarve and in secret countryside locations in 2024. I’m a huge fan of […]

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