Events that Fill Our Eyes with Colour and Our Ears with Sounds

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Events That Fill Our Eyes With Colour And Our Ears With Sounds

If you are planning to come to Lisbon in June, you wouldn’t want to miss the festivities! Or even better, come on this time of the year, and we assure you that you won’t regret it! The festivals of the city dedicated to the popular saints, colourful and crowded religious manifestations like the processions and other festivities, are fundamental to experience the city.

But Lisbon is an excellent choice all year round!

We can find classical music, fado, jazz concerts or music festivals that attract thousands of young people. As well as fashion events, film festivals, theatre plays, multimedia shows and many more that fill the cultural programme, all year round. You can also feel the amazing nightlife, one of the most lively and animated in Europe.

Plus, the fairs that enliven the gardens, squares and streets, bring us books, urban handicrafts, souvenirs, collectables or perhaps a unique surprise.

But there are also some less publicised events that deserve to be mentioned, to complete the panoply of choice.

Therefore, if you want to fill your eyes with colour and your ears with sounds that move you, you cannot miss these appeals to the senses.

December 12, 2018 getLISBON

Bright and colourful, with classic or surprising shapes, the Christmas lights in Lisbon fill the city with magic and joy! These luminous ornaments are already a tradition in the main points of the city, from Downtown Lisbon, going along the Avenida da Liberdade until the Marquês de Pombal Square. And of course, in the area of Chiado and of Príncipe Real. Every year more and more spots of the city are decorated and illuminated, just like the Avenidas Novas. The Christmas lights in Lisbon are getting more sophisticated and stunning each time. They’ve been an attraction for the nationals…

June 6, 2018 getLISBON

June has arrived, the festivities have just started. This is the most awaited month of the year! But what are the origins of the Festas de Lisboa? Marked by the great involvement of the population and of those who visit us, the Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon Festivities) dedicated to the popular saints reunite several cultural initiatives, revelry and religiosity. The popular festivities brighten the city with music, food and beverages and lots of liveliness. Lisbon smells of grilled sardines and febras (pork steaks), farturas (a deep-fried sweet roll sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon) and manjericos (a plant traditionaly used during…

May 9, 2018 getLISBON

On the Dia da Espiga (day of the ear of a cereal plant, usually wheat), during the morning, the streets of Lisbon are invaded by street vendors selling branches of ears. Some carry them in wicker baskets, and some fill strong-coloured plastic big bowls with fresh branches. The Dia da Espiga is commemorated on the Ascension Thursday, the day in which Christians celebrate Ascension of Jesus into heaven, 40 days after the Resurrection. People believe that the ears picked on that day provide happiness and abundance to the home. According to tradition, between 12.00 and 13.00 (holy hour), they go…

March 14, 2018 getLISBON

On the night of the 5th Sunday of the Lent, Bairro Alto comes out to celebrate. Not to sing fado or for a bohemian night in the countless and famous bars and restaurants, but for a public display of faith, the Procession of Senhor dos Passos (Procession to Calvary): From Bairro Alto to São Roque. Join this small religious manifestation and discover a different side of the neighbourhood. For the visitants of Lisbon, Bairro Alto is an unmissable place, but to witness it on this night will be an unforgettable experience! The Secular Processions We all know that Lisbon is…

February 14, 2018 getLISBON

No, it’s not about the Valentine’s Day commemorated in the whole world that we’re going to talk about. We take advantage of this day of celebration of love to mention the romantic attitude of leaving love padlocks in the fences of monuments and its resulting consequences. The love padlocks originated from a Serbian love story dating back to the First World War period. A story of deep passion and dramatic separation that created a practice and local superstition related to padlocks and bridges. However, the Italian writer Frederico Moccia was the main responsible for its disclosure. In his books, he…