Top 10 Portuguese Fairs

 

Portugal has a lot of fairs with of the most distinct types. From food to clothes passing through handicraft, there are many fairs in Portugal to explore. Most of the main fairs happen during spring and summer, so if you like these kinds of events my advice is for you to go there.

The Portuguese actually love to go to fairs because it’s there that we find the best deals for the products. For example, markets with fresh food typically pay off because people try to find the best quality goods. Once these goods are sold by the direct producers, the price is cheaper than the price at the supermarket.

The fairs I’m presenting you are just some of the hundreds that occur all over Portugal. From the bottom to the top there will be available for selling the products of the region and some other products that everyone needs.

1. Feira da Ladra

This fair is a classic one in Lisbon.

You cannot go to Lisbon without going to this emblematic street market. People sell anything they want. You can buy books, any kind of antiquities, collectables, old dolls, old and new clothes and many other things.

This is an eclectic and absurd street market because you can find anything there. Usually, if you want to find a specific thing on the market, you’ll need to watch carefully the whole fair from the bottom to the top.

Feira da Ladra is at Campo de Santa Clara and you can go by foot from Santa Apolónia metro and train station. It takes about 5 minutes to walk up to the market. If you want to rest a little from the fair, you can go to Foccacia in Giro.

It’s a cafe which sells the most delicious focaccias with the most variable and delicious fillings. Depending on the filling, the price of your focaccia can range between 5 and 8€. This market is always good to go to because you can watch the most important parts of Lisbon from there.

Whenever I go to Feira da Ladra, I take the rest of the day to explore all the streets from São Vicente until Martim Moniz. You can visit the national pantheon and some churches just like Igreja de São Vicente de Fora. After this, you can go to some viewpoints like Miradouro da graça, Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

Then you can visit São Jorge Castle and its viewpoint. If you go to Baixa-Chiado, you can pass by Sé de Lisboa and visit it.

every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm
Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra – by Shadowgate from Novara – Wikimedia Commons

Metro station: Santa Apolónia

 

2. Feira do Relógio

Relogio market, image sourced from TripAdvisor

 

Another classic and popular market in Lisbon is Feira do Relógio. It’s different from Feira da Ladra because it doesn’t have second-hand items. This one has clothes and fresh food like vegetables and fruit. In the past years, it used to be a fair with sellers from a gypsy ethnicity. Nowadays it has multicultural sellers.
Typically, this fair is crowded with people who are looking for the cheapest goods. Sellers try to attract potential buyers with the quality and the prices of their products and goods.
This market occurs on Sunday and it is located at Bela Vista which you can reach it by metro
If you want to occupy the rest of your day, my advice is to take the red metro line and go to Oriente. Parque das Nações is a place full of things to entertain.
You can go to the Lisbon oceanarium, travel through the cable car or even go to the Ciência Viva centre! Oriente has the Tagus river on its right side with a pretty view to admire.
Metro station: Bela Vista and Oriente

3. Mercados no Jardim do Príncipe real

Jardim do Príncipe Real

Jardim do Príncipe Real – by Alatryste – Wikimedia Commons

At Príncipe Real, some little fairs occur all week long.
The little Príncipe Real garden fills up with artisans and producers. These sell their vegetables and their fruit.
The biological market starts from 10 am to 2pm every weekend.
Every last Saturday and Monday of the month, there is this fair with antiquities, old goods and crafts.
There’s also Portugal Real which is a little fair of food and regional delicacies.
It occurs on the second Monday and on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 6 pm.
The last fair is called Sabor de Perdição which has natural products and crafts for selling.
It’s on the first Friday and Saturday of the month.
Metro Station: Restauradores

4. Anjos70/ Feira das Almas

Anjos70 is a fair with alternative products and distinguished artisans. Every first weekend of each month this fair occurs in Anjos and it grows over time.
There are dozens of sellers of old and new clothes, decoration, vintage fashion, artwork and independent work. Sometimes, there are concerts or any other shows, so stay tuned to those events! On their website, there is the Schedule for each month. 
If you come to the Anjos area, take an hour to walk on its streets. It has little shops with different and alternative products.
From 11 am until 7 pm
Metro station: Anjos

5. Feira Semanal de Barcelos

Barcelos is located a tone of the most emblematic districts of Portugal which is Braga. It is considered the capital of handcraft. At this city, there is this weekly fair called “Feira semanal de Barcelos”.

Every Thursdays the city of Barcelos fills up with the most variable and distinguished products. There is diversity on the crafts of each artisan and producer.

From pottery, embroidery, weaving and basketry, to iron forge. There are more people on the north of Portugal who know more about handcraft and the production of basic need items.

The majority of the farmers around Barcelos bring their goods to sell at this fair. The fresh vegetables and all the other fresh products people bring to sell at the cheapest price make up for going to the fair. These people who work in farms, make their best effort and wake up really early in the morning for it. So, usually, their products have the best quality for its price.

For all these reasons, the Barcelos fair is one of the most turistic attractions of the county.

There are some options to go to this fair.

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You can take the highway A1 and A8 and A17 or you can go by train from Nine and take the exit on Barcelos.
Barcelos

Barcelos – by Feliciano Guimarães – Wikimedia Commons

Website: http://www.feiradebarcelos.com/

6. Feira de Espinho

Feira de Espinho it’s one of the biggest weekly fairs in Portugal. I went there once when I was younger, and I remember feeling that the avenue had no end of how huge the fair was!
Every Monday this fair occupies a full avenue with the most variable products and goods! From clothes to food and housekeeping products, there are many options for you to choose from.
Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, meat and fish, bedsheets, cloth, house decorations and many more products and goods are sold. People from Aveiro prefer going to this fair to buy their fresh goods than going to the supermarket. 
This fair is known by everyone for its quality goods. you can search for anything you want, always having in mind the quality and the price of the goods.
Espinho is in Aveiro and close to Porto district. take the train in Porto to Espinho.
Transports: Espinho train station
Address: Avenida 24, 4500 Espinho

7. Feira dos Alfarrabistas

This one is a second-hand book fair.
If you’re looking for an old book that it’s no longer produced, try to find at this fair.
For 1 or 2€ you can buy many books at this “book dealers fair”. It doesn’t take too long to watch this fair, so you can always explore a bit more of Chiado!
My advice if you are hungry, is to go to Pop Cereal Café! They make the sweetest milkshakes and the best bowls of cereal.
A milkshake is around 4€ and the bowl of cereals as well. The decoration of the café is original and has a cool environment for everyone.
Pop cereal cafe

Pop cereal cafe – by Catarina Ribeiro

On Saturdays from 10 am until 5 pm at Rua da Anchieta
Metro Station: Baixa-Chiado

8. Lx Market

Every Sunday at LxFactory there is LxMarket which is a market full of alternative products.
Usually, these products are in second hand, or they are handcrafted and mostly clothes are sold at this market. There are also a lot of restaurants!
Therefore, you don’t need to worry to rush to Lisbon for lunching.
Rio Maravilha is one restaurant with the best view there in Alcântara to the Tagus river and to the 25th April bridge. Two people can lunch from 20€ to 30€ together depending on the dishes you choose.
For the sushi lovers, there’s “Sushi factory” where you can lunch and have dinner for two people between 20€ and 40€.
Taberna 1300 is another restaurant but a particularity. The food is typically Portuguese and made with fresh Portuguese ingredients. The average for the menu is 35€.
You can visit the market from 10 am until 6 pm
Transports: Alcântara-Mar or Alcântara-Terra Train station

9. Feira Medieval em Santa Maria da Feira

The medieval fair at Santa Maria da Feira it’s the greatest medieval fair in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the best in Europe.
It occurs every year during a week in the summer. This city is dressed up especially for this huge event. Not only the city gets the image of the medieval times but also, people dress in clothes that give us the image of those times.
With the environment of the middle ages, people come to this fair and learn a little more about those ages. There is also a little market where you can buy products handcrafted and typical food from the region. One big attraction of the fair is the Castle located at the fair (called Castelo da Feira). 
A couple of years ago I went to this medieval fair and I loved to watch the animals that they had there like eagles, hawks, owls, donkeys, pigs and many more. I also loved to eat a typical cake from Aveiro, the region of Feira, which is called Pão de Ló de Ovar. It’s a cake filled with sweet egg. This egg dessert in Portugal is used in many traditional sweets and cakes.

Pão de Ló de Ovar, image sourced from SaborIntenso

You can go to Santa Maria da Feira on most highways:
A1 (Porto/Lisboa/Porto), A29 (Aveiro/Porto/Aveiro) and A23 (Oliveira de Azeméis/Porto/Oliveira de Azeméis).
Always take the “Feira” exit.
Santa Maria da Feira Castle

Santa Maria da Feira Castle – by Pedro from Maia (Porto) – Wikimedia Commons

10. FIL – Feira Internacional de Lisboa

Feira Internacional de Lisboa has a different charisma. It has not only with typical handcrafted Portuguese items but also has tuns handicraft from all over the world.

FIL happens once a year at Parque das Nações for a week, usually on the last week of June or the first of July. It’s composed of 3 big pavilions, one for Portuguese food, one for Portuguese handcraft and the last one for International handcraft.

It is tradition for me to go every year to this fair. It has always interesting products that I can’t find anywhere else in Portugal. My family and I always eat there at the “food pavilion”. This one has traditional Portuguese music you can listen to and the best sandwiches. These sandwiches can be filled with ham, delicious cheese and other stuffing which you can accompany by wine or beer.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches at FIL – by Catarina Ribeiro

Tickets cost 8€ per person
You can buy the tickets online here.
Metro station: Oriente