Sway, swim and … magic

banho 29 Lagos

For the sixth year, on August 24 and 25, visitors can join the festivities on Carvoeiro Beach and also the town itself with live music, fireworks and religious ceremonies.

To celebrate the day of Our Lady of Incarnation, Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, Carvoeiro begins the ceremonies with live music on the beach at 8pm (Saturday) finishing at 3am on Sunday. Fireworks will start Sunday’s festivities at 9am with a parade through the streets at 7pm and more music on the beach to follow.

If you are feeling less energetic, illusionist Mário Daniel is hosting his own show every evening until August 25 at Portimão’s theatre, Tempo. Starting at 9.30pm the show, entitled Magic Minutes, is 90 minutes of interactive magic for all the family. Tickets cost €12 and are available from the theatre itself,, Fnac and Worten.

On August 29 Lagos hosts another Banho 29, a festival based on Portuguese tradition and folklore. Its origins are uncertain, it could be from late summer rites or Arab heritage. People used to arrive by donkey, mule and cart to take a swim during the night of August 29 but nowadays you will find people roasting chouriço, telling stories over picnics on the beach, followed by a swim in the sea at midnight. In fact, festivities begin at 10.30am on Meia Praia in Lagos, continuing at 8.30pm at Praia da Batata.

Image: Francisco Castelo © Câmara Municipal de Lagos

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