Olissippo News

07 Jun 2023


June is a special month in Portugal, as it marks the celebration of the Popular Saints, a festivity deeply rooted in the country's culture. Throughout the entire nation, on the nights of Santo António, São João, and São Pedro, the streets come alive with parties and festivities. In Lisbon the celebration reaches its peak on the 12th of June, the eve of Santo António, Lisbon prepares for a memorable party. The popular marches, with their colorful costumes and meticulously rehearsed choreographies, parade along the magnificent Avenida da Liberdade. It is a true spectacle of pride and devotion to the city's typical neighborhoods. 

On this special night, the most emblematic neighborhoods of Lisbon, such as Alfama, become filled with excitement and joy. The medieval alleys and squares transform into festive stages, where one can savor the traditional "caldo verde" (green soup) and grilled sardines, accompanied by fine wine. While indulging in these delicacies, Lisbon locals and visitors sing and dance to the sound of popular music, animating the night until the early hours. 
An emotional highlight of the Popular Saints is the procession of Santo António, which takes place on the 13th of June. Starting from his church in Alfama, next to the Sé Cathedral, the procession winds its way through the narrow and picturesque streets of the neighborhood, recreating the atmosphere of the time when Santo António lived. Thousands of people gather to accompany the image of the saint, demonstrating their devotion and gratitude. 
In addition to the festivities in Alfama, other neighborhoods also join in the celebration of the Popular Saints. Graça, Bica, Mouraria, and Madragoa are just a few examples of places where one can experience the true essence of this popular festival. In every corner of Lisbon, joy infects hearts, creating a unique and welcoming atmosphere. 
The Popular Saints in Lisbon are a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's culture and tradition. It is a time for sharing, socializing, and uniting communities. Visitors are invited to participate, to learn about the traditions, and to feel part of this emblematic festival. 
When planning your visit to Lisbon in June, do not miss the chance to experience the Popular Saints. Book your stay at Olissippo Lisbon Hotels and dive into this festival of tradition and joy. Enjoy the popular marches, savor the traditional delicacies, take part in the procession of Santo António, and create unforgettable memories in this special moment of the city. The Popular Saints in Lisbon are waiting for you! 

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