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Are you planning your days in Lisbon during Carnival season? Though the city hasn’t the most traditional Portuguese Carnival  (check our article about Podence, here), it is still a time for people to have fun, disguised themselves and pretending to be someone or something else. Here are some of our recommendations of places to have fun in Lisbon with also a suggestion out of the city. And don’t forget to book a tour with Fora da Rota Tours!

Coming to Lisbon in Carnival? That’s a great idea! Here are some of our top suggestions for you to enjoy and have fun in the city during this season. Have fun!

Museu da Marioneta

(Imagem: Reprodução Portugal Confidential Family)

Imagem: Reprodução Portugal Confidential Family

Would you like to learn how to make a mask? The museum of Marioneta gives this suggestion for families: learning how to make a mask in a fun way. The work is inspired by masks and marionettes from Mali, used for the traditional dances (Sogobó – The Returning of the Animals).  The workshop will be held in the museum on 10th and 13th February. Price – 6 € valid for  one adult and one child. Booking and more information:
+351 213 942 810.

Music! Dance!

(Imagem: Reprodução Time Out Lisboa)

Imagem: Reprodução Time Out Lisboa

Yes! Carnival brings music and lots of rhythms in the city.  Brazilian Carnival is famous in Portugal so we can’t ignore samba and other rhythms coming from this country. If you would like to see a bit of Brazil in Lisbon we recommend you going to Titanic Sur Mer, a really nice place close to the river, to dance to Samba until dawn. The music performance will be made by the Grupo Sacundeia, on 9th February. Check Facebook event here.

Mouraria and Alfama, the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, are also celebrating Carnival. The Renovar a Mouraria will held a party on 12th February getting on stage Kilôko, with mix of sounds coming from Italy, Brazil Cape Verde, Cuba and with a touch of jazz.  Check the Facebook event here.  In Alfama the streets will be invaded with good vibes on the 10th February with people in disguised dancing to the mad Brazilian percussion, inviting people on the streets to join. Facebook event here.

Carnival of Torres Vedras

(Imagem: Reprodução Carnaval de Torres)

(Imagem: Reprodução Carnaval de Torres)

If you have time to leave Lisbon we suggest you to enjoy the traditional Carnival in Torres Vedras. Torres Vedras is a nice town, not too far from the city and it is famous, during Carnival season, because of its parades, with colorful and satirical Carnival floats, the ”cabeçudos” (walking big headed figures) and the ”matrafonas” (men dressed in women clothes). This is probably the only time when men actually reveal their inner wish of being dressed as women. And believe us, they look stunning! The Carnival will last from 9th until 14th February. This year’s main theme is the Oceans. You can check the program here.


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