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The Silver Coast - Top 10 Events

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When: March/ April every year
Entrance fee: 6,50 Euros per person (under 11’s free)
Description: This celebration of all things chocolate goes way beyond the familiar sweet-sized treat. The annual festival on the Silver Coast, takes chocolate to new levels by incorporating it in everything from alcohol to artworks. There is even a fashion parade in which the models wear chocolate. Plenty of food and live entertainment on offer.
 
 
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When: February/ March every year
Entrance fee: Free
Description: At carnaval time the whole Silver Coast region becomes one giant festival, with parades and parties in almost every town or village. The biggest – and best known – are Torres Vedras, Peniche and Nazaré carnavals, but all are spectacular and great fun to watch. This is the time to get dressed up into outrageous outfits, lose all inhibitions and dance in the street all night. Definitely something uniquely Portuguese.
 
 
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When: October/ November every year
Entrance fee: 50€ for a pass to the whole festival  |  From 10€ for individual concerts
Description: A wonderful jazz and music event that takes place for a whole month in random locations. With international and local bands and artists performing in places like the cultural centre, the bus station, squares, restaurants, hotel lobby’s and cafes, this is a festival, not only designed to celebrate music, but the town too.
 
 
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When: November every year
Entrance fee: Free
Description: Many of Portugal's famous pastry and dessert recipes originate in convents and monasteries, in 1834, after the Portuguese Civil War, the king suppressed all religious orders and confiscated much of their property. In need of money to support themselves they created pastry recipes made mostly from egg yolks and sugar which continue to be sold today. Once a year, visitors can enjoy tasty treats and liqueurs at the magnificent monastery of Alcobaça. There is also an incredible lazer show, projected onto the roof of the ancient monastery.
 
 
 
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When: August every year
Entrance fee: 6,50 Euros per person (under 11’s free)
Description: One of the most spectacular festivals in the area is the Medieval Festival, when the castle is taken back in time and transformed with horse displays, medieval shows and actors in costume mingling with the crowds and acting out the parts of medieval citizens. There is an array of food and drink available, as well as a stage with various performances from folk bands, to belly dancers, to jesters and fire breathers. A wonderful event for the whole family.
 
 
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When: December every year
Entrance fee: Free
Description: Becoming one of the most popular events in the Silver Coast, the Caldas Street Food Festival helps to bring in the Christmas cheer, food caravans line the sidewalks and the streets glowing underneath the beautiful Christmas lights The entire street gets closed off and families can wonder up and down looking for something from one of the many food trucks.
 
 
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When: August every year
Entrance fee: 10€ for food and drink
Description: For a truly memorable, simple, delicious, authentically Portuguese experience, look no further than the sardine festival of Salir do Porto, the bay side village put on a lovely event that is spread across a weekend, which includes grilled sardines, local wines and beers and live music at the end pf the night.
 
 
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When: 31st December every year
Entrance fee: Free
Description: The best new years event on The Silver Coast, if not in the country. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the village and then make your way down to the beach with your family. Enjoy a safe, family friendly environment, with live music and the biggest floating Christmas tree in Europe. At midnight, the sky is illuminated with an incredible fireworks display. What a way to bring in the new year.
 
 
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When: August every year
Entrance fee: 2,50€ for the festival  |  8€ for the concert
Description: This event has been going since 1960 and is one of areas most popular. Held in the forest of Bombarral, upon entry guests are given a glass and can go from stall to stall trying different wines from all over the country. The wine is also available to buy at wholesale prices and there are also food trucks and pop up restaurants so that, in true Portuguese fashion, no-one goes hungry. Live music then takes lace at the end of the night, on the main square of Bombarral.
 
 
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When: December every year
Entrance fee: 6,50 Euros per person (under 11’s free)
Description: In the month before Christmas Óbidos Castle is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with snow machines, ski slope, skating rink, beautiful lights, food stalls, shops and, of course, Santa Clause. A lovely outing for the whole family, with food, live music and plenty of Christmas cheer.