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Festa das Tochas

This is a procession which takes place in São Brás de Alportel on Easter Sunday. On that day the main streets of the town are covered with flowers in a series of draws rich in color. It’s easy to visit as it is so close to the villa, although parking in the town in such a special day might be a challenge.

The roots of this specific celebration are somehow related with a military confrontation with English troops led by the Duke of Essex. In 1596 (a short note: between 1580-1640 Portugal was ruled by the king of Spain and therefore involved in the war between England and Spain) the English razed Faro and the surroundings before being beaten by a local army.

A few years later began the tradition of this procession which, in the past, was taking place all around Algarve, although nowadays it’s only organized in São Brás de Alportel.

It usually starts at 11:00 but the flowers arranged on the streets will be damaged by the procession, so it’s advised a visitor goes earlier to see the beauty of those flowers before watching the procession itself.

This procession is no match for those which take place in Seville and other towns of Andalucia, in the neighbor Spain, but its proximity to our villa make it a great option for a couple of hours in this Easter Sunday.

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About Ricardo and Laura

We are together since 1997, when Ricardo moved from Lisbon to establish himself in Algarve. Back in those times we lived in a small villa not far from Almancil, about 15 km from Casa do Sonho. Then we sold that property and bought the current villa. After a couple years living here we decided to move again.

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