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
Metro station: Santa Apolónia
This market occurs on Sunday and it is located at Bela Vista which you can reach it by metro
Metro station: Bela Vista and Oriente
3. Mercados no Jardim do Príncipe real
It’s on the first Friday and Saturday of the month.
Metro Station: Restauradores
4. Anjos70/ Feira das Almas
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.
You can take the highway A1 and A8 and A17 or you can go by train from Nine and take the exit on Barcelos.
6. Feira de Espinho
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
On Saturdays from 10 am until 5 pm at Rua da Anchieta
Metro Station: Baixa-Chiado
8. Lx Market
Transports: Alcântara-Mar or Alcântara-Terra Train station
9. Feira Medieval em Santa Maria da Feira
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.
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.