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Mardi Gras Comes to the Algarve

31st January 2012

There’s always something happening in the Algarve, so whenever you book your holiday to Portugal’s southernmost region, you’ll be sure to catch something going on. February is a busy time for festivities because it’s when locals turn out in droves for the famous Algarve Carnival.

Algarve Dancers

The Algarve Carnival is held annually to celebrate Mardi Gras. The Brazilian-style carnival attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year. The main fiesta is in Loule, where the carnival originated more than 100 years ago, but there are parties held all over the Algarve. 

Join in the Fancy Dress Parade

The carnival marks the beginning of Lent and `Carnevale` literally means `to put away the meat`. Restaurants and cafes serve mainly seafood and the streets are filled with dancers, acrobats and giant floats. Many of the boat owners even decorate their boats in lively fashion to join in the celebrations.

What better way to beat the winter freeze than to hop on a plane to the Algarve, where the weather is always pleasant and sunny. Book your cheap flights to the Algarve to discover many other events and festivals taking place in the region. 

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