5 tips to party like a local

Having a party in the Algarve is not the same as partying like an Algarvian. The difference is in the details. Follow these five tips, practise a few words of Portuguese and you’ll be sorted.

Background picture by Kyle Rodriguez

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016


1. Start late

A party that starts at 20h? Haha. No. For real Algarvians, that’s when dinner gets going. Seeing as the evening meal can easily take two hours, plus some coffee, some leisurely talking to people you haven’t seen for ages and some after dinner drinks, the party starts at about 23h. Even if it was supposed and signposted to begin an hour earlier.


2. Take the kids

In Portugal, it seems, a child isn’t considered a nuisance that should go to bed directly after watching Sesame Street at 19.15h. No matter their age, kids are allowed to join their family at the festa, whether it’s a wedding or a late night festival.

Forget the ‘shouldn’t they be in bed by now?’-attitude and accept their presence; it’s actually quite cute seeing a three-years-old dance with her grandpa. As for the lack of sleep, they’ll probably catch up during siesta the next day.


3. Add some food

The Feira do Presunto Tradicional, the Feira da Serra and the Festa da Ria Formosa. Traditionally, most parties in the south of Portugal have been related to food. A good harvest, the start of the hunting or fishing season; it’s all reason to celebrate.

Although nowadays more and more Algarvians do their shopping at Lidl, Continente and Pingo Doce instead of growing or catching it themselves, they still make sure there’s food at the festa. Let’s rephrase that: without food, there’s no party.

Picture below by Edna Winti


4. Avoid Albufeira

Sorry guys, contrary to what some travel agents want you to believe, that’s not the real Algarve. That’s little Britain, Germany, Holland or France with some all-you-can-drink-sangria thrown in for a local flavour.

Same goes for Vilamoura and Portimão. Or basically anywhere between Faro and Lagos. Want to experience a real Algarvian party? Avoid those places.

Picture below by Osvaldo Gago


5. Dance the corridinho

Or the baile de roda or the baila mandado. Fact is, folklore dancing is what gives Algarvian parties their distinct local flavour. So put on a pretty dress or a suit and twirl around. See page 14 in the magazine for more info about the corridinho (plus a video to show you the steps). Can’t dance? Just clap along with the rest of the public. Or sing some Fado instead.

Picture below by Michael Wendl



See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016

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