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Colors of Vilamoura - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

VILAMOURA. ALGARVE The local residents' mentality can be described in one word - friendliness. They are always ready for dialogue and assistance to others. It is also worth noting that, unlike other southerners, people who live in Vilamoura do not share hot temperament, incontinence, and talkativeness. They are distinguished by modesty and politeness, while the goodwill and hospitality of locals are worthy of speaking legends. In general, Portuguese are famous for being good friends, and locals prove this fact in the most thorough way once again.
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Also, the locals are known for being proud of their country and native language, and therefore a couple of phrases in Portuguese can work wonders. Despite the fact that almost everybody understands international English, it’s better to start a conversation with the traditional “Ola” instead of “Hello”. Don't worry if your Portuguese is not so good as English and verbs are used incorrectly - locals will understand and definitely appreciate the efforts of the traveler. It should be borne in mind that any refusal to spend time together at somebody's home may hurt local people. The thing is that it's important for them to show their hospitality and cordiality.
The local cuisine is somewhat different from the Portuguese one. Thus, due to the proximity to the sea, seafood and fish predominate here (the most popular are sardines, horse mackerel, dorade). Besides that, the region is famous for wine production. While in Vilamoura, you must try such dishes as Caldeirada (a thick fish stew), South Portuguese gazpacho, Arroz de lingueirão (rice with mollusks), desserts “Dom Rodrigo” and Morgado (balls with sugar and almonds). Alcoholic beverages worth highlighting include Medronho, Amarginha, Brandymel, Vinho Verde. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In Vilamoura, holidays are celebrated on a large scale - this is something that a broad Portuguese soul needs. One of the most remarkable festivals is a carnival held in the second half of February on the main streets. This is the time of carefree fun, colorful parades, and great mood. The festival involves a regatta, which is essentially the “highlight" of the carnival's program. And on the streets, there is a costumed performance in the style of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, which is sure to please all fans of colorful shows.
Vilamoura If you arrive in the city at the end of May, you can witness Fisherman's Festival, the venue of which is the fishing village of Quarteira, which is part of Vilamoura. Here begins a paradise for gourmets, and especially for those who love seafood. Be sure to try octopus, shellfish, squid cooked in different ways - baked or stewed, in a salad or soup. In addition to a rich gastronomic program, the audience enjoys a musical one, while the festive atmosphere itself is relaxed and friendly.
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Everybody knows that Portuguese are very religious people, and this is clearly visible in Vilamoura. Thus, during Marchas dos Santos Populares (June-July), the same village of Quarteira becomes an arena for holding religious processions. The city is decorated with Christian symbols, holiday services are held in local churches. During this time, it is also customary to ask the saints for help with any problems. However, despite the fact that the festival is of religious nature, it is not forbidden to drink, celebrate, and enjoy the holiday in all its splendor.
Vilamoura A very colorful holiday is Sardine Festival (Festivais da sardinha), during which you can get acquainted with the rich local culture and traditions. The action takes place in early August and always attracts many visitors from all over the world since the festival is really distinctive. Contests are organized, music is heard everywhere, people are savoring every moment. In addition, you can learn all the ins and outs of eating this fish - after all, this also has its own traditions. You'll surely know about them from locals during the tasting of stunningly delicious fried sardines.
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On December 8, Vilamoura celebrates Largo de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, the feast of the city’s patron saint. On the eve of the religious celebration, there is a religious procession starting from Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church and ending at Igreja Sao Pedro do Mar. On the day of the holiday, the procession moves further, reaching the above-mentioned fishing village of Quarteira. Along with solemn divine services, there are fun and festivities, like in any other Portuguese religious holiday. The thing is that cheerful locals cannot but have fun even on a Catholic holiday.
Vilamoura Of course, the apogee of the festival year in Vilamoura is the New Year. Festive fireworks in celebration of the holiday are organized in the village of Quarteira. At this time, it seems to be magical - everywhere you can hear Christmas music, the whole village is decorated with Christmas symbols. To get to New Year's celebration in Vilamoura is a dream of anyone who is able to experience aesthetic pleasure because this holiday is just created to bring pleasant impressions. Besides that, the hospitality of local residents will definitely be appreciated by tourists.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Vilamoura
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria, Faro, 17.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Survived castles around Vilamoura
♥   Castle 'Paderne Castle' , 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Ayamonte' Huelva, 61.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Sanlúcar de Guadiana' Huelva, 72.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Vilamoura. Learn the best periods to visit Vilamoura to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Vilamoura.
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