Best summer festivals in the Azores – sports, bullfights and wine

Tourada à corda, Terceira, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Tourada à corda, Terceira, ©nebulux76/Flickr

You probably already know the fact that the Portuguese have a festival for every event. There is a special occasion almost every week or weekend which requires celebration and creates a cheerful atmosphere. There is always lots of music, food, drinks and fun of course. If you plan to visit the Azores this summer here are a few events and festivities which you might bump into when spending you summer holiday on Portuguese lands. There are all sorts of festivals you can choose from: music festivals, tide festivals, religious festivals and others. Gather you friends and crash the party! The locals will greet you with lots of warmth, generosity and hospitality.

Music, sports and emigrants

For the young visitors first of all we recommend the Festival da Música Jovem in Calheta which is organized in July every year. If you like sports visit Horta and attend Semana do Mar, also known as Sea Week, which is dedicated to nautical sports.

Horta, ©Alex [Fino] LA/Flickr

Horta, ©Alex [Fino] LA/Flickr

This event takes place in August. Guess what else is celebrated in Lajes, Flores? Emigrants! Every year on the 3rd Monday of July which is also a municipal holiday Festa do Emigrante is organized during which all the emigrants who originally come from Flores come back to their native homes and spend a pleasant time together.

Religious festivals

The Portuguese have tons of religious festivals. Every little town has their own patron saint and festival which commemorates their lives and the deeds they have done. In Corvo for example in the middle of August the people celebrate Nossa Senhora dos Milagres which can be translated as Our Lady of Miracles.

Festa de São João, ©Prefeitura de Olinda/Flickr

Festa de São João, ©Prefeitura de Olinda/Flickr

In Faial there is a festival dedicated to Our Lady of Agony and on the 24th of July they have St. John’s festival. In São Jorge some festivals honor parishes. On the last Sunday of August the residents of Lajes, Pico organize a one week-long festival dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, which is called Whalers week. During this event the participants can join in the many social and cultural events which are connected to the ancient art of hunting whales.

Bullfights

The main attractions at certain festivals are the street bullfights known as touradas à corda. Usually the bulls are tied to a rope and controlled by the people on the streets. It is a risky business as those who choose to participate might get hurt. The only bullfight ring you can find in the Azores is in Terceira where every year the world famous Taurine Fair is organized.

Tourada à corda, Terceira, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Tourada à corda, Terceira, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Join in the fun and enjoy the colorful marches and dances organized by the lively people of the Azores.

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