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Continuing our look at the potential Alvor festivals that you could enjoy while on your trip there today we’re continuing to see what happens from the end of April onwards.

Liberation Day is celebrated throughout the country on 25th April and is meant to celebrate the 1874 revolution that freed the country from the Salazar regime.

Then come 1st May which is another national – and international – holiday known as Labor Day. This day is a little more low-key celebration in which Portuguese families tend to celebrate together and with friends a respite from their daily grind. Keep in mind that many businesses may not be open during this day.

For those of you who are motor-heads of various incarnations, the nearby Autodromo Internacional do Algarve is host to a plethora of motor racing events throughout the year.

The most famous one being the World Touring Car Championships which take place in the first days of June; with an entrance fee of just 10 euros and free for children, it’s a great fun day out for petrol-head families visiting Alvor during that time.

Also while in Alvor, you can visit nearby Portimao – with the help of some car rental services – to enjoy the Portimao Sardine Festival during the month of August. The festival takes place during the second week of August and takes place around the Quayside.

The second half of the year is marked by a bunch more national holidays such as: the Assumption of the Virgin on 15th of August, Republic Day on 5th October, All Saints’ Day on 1st November, Restoration of Independence Day on 1st December, Immaculate Conception on 8th December and then on the 25th of course, Christmas.

The great thing about all of these Alvor festivals is that all the national holiday are usually greeted with interesting celebrations, both the secular and the religious ones, so they can be quite an experience to behold and take part in.

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