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Posted by portugalpress on June 13, 2018

Parades, parties and grilled sardines can be enjoyed in the Algarve this month as the region joins the rest of Portugal in celebrating the Festas dos Santos Populares.

These parties are one of the country’s oldest traditions, honouring three Catholic saints – São João, São Pedro and Santo António.

No matter where you are in the Algarve, chances are there will be a Santos Populares party or parade taking place near you.

Portimão held its first parade on June 8, with three more to take place in Mexilhoeira Grande on Friday, June 15, along the Alvor riverside on June 22 and in Praia da Rocha on June 29. To complement the parades, there will be several ‘arraiais’ (parties), ‘sardinhadas’ (sardines cooked on the grill) and many other forms of street entertainment.

Quarteira also hosted a parade on Tuesday and will be organising two more on June 23 and 28.

In the Eastern Algarve, the boroughs of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António are also taking part in the festivities with a number of ‘bailes’ (dance parties).

Castro Marim is hosting its traditional ‘Concurso de Mastros’ which on June 23 will award the best creations for its local parades, while VRSA is hosting two parades in Monte Gordo on June 23 and 28.

Albufeira’s firefighters are also holding parties on the next three Saturdays of the month (June 16, 23 and 30) in a bid to raise money to buy new uniforms.

Back in the west, Lagos is hosting a party on June 14 at Praça do Infante between 7.30pm and midnight.

Moncarapacho and Fuzeta in Olhão (June 15, 23 and 30) as well as Alporchinhos in Porches (June 30) are also hosting their own Santos Popular parties.