Did you know that the Lisbon Carnival was the origin of the current Carnivals in Rio de Janeiro? In this article we are going to tell you about the Lisbon Entrudo, the great costume party of the city, which has become one of the most attractive destinations in Europe during this time of year.
The Portuguese capital is a city without dates and it’s opened to visitors at all seasons of the year, but if you have chosen these days to make a trip to Lisbon, you have been right. You will be able to discover some secrets that you didn’t know behind the parties, the masks and the parades. What do you think? Let’s go!
Tourists and lisboetas gather on the streets to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Carnival in one of the most attractive parties of the year.
Carnival in Lisbon: arrival in the city
If you are planning your trip, the Carnival dates are the most propitious to enjoy Lisbon on a long weekend. You will be able to enjoy a cosy city, pleasant weather conditions, night atmosphere and excellent tourism for your purchases.
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Lisbon: the Carnival of the villains
Lisbon's great costume party, known as the villain Carnival, is one of the oldest celebrations in Europe. In the 13th century, during the reign of Afonso III of Portugal, the Entrudo was already celebrated in Portugal.
Since the last years, it is, without a doubt, one of the events that attracts more tourists to Lisbon. The showiness and originality of the Lisbon Carnival places it at the level of European cities such as Venice or Cologne.
But its traditional flavour makes it a special party. During the Carnival, tourists and locals gather in different areas and neighbourhoods to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the streets.
Parodies of current or former public figures and a great display of colour in their costumes built by children and adults are common. Are you going to miss it?
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Carnival in Lisbon: where to go?
The parades and light and colour performances of the Lisbon Carnival take place through the streets and neighbourhoods or parishes of the city.
The big party is usually focused on two different places. In the city centre, with the Praça do Comércio as the main stage. But, above all, it is the Bairro Alto that offers the most attraction, being the most crowded place.
Another important location is the Parque das Nações, which will be the central point and the highlight of the parades and costume contests on Carnival Tuesday. It takes place during the main day of the party.
And at night? From Saturday to Tuesday, floats and parades are complemented by an extraordinary leisure offer in numerous venues in different parts of the city.
Don't miss the Lisbon Carnival
The celebration of the Lisbon Carnival will be a great opportunity to enjoy the city. Let yourself be advised and discover the secrets of the city, its party, its fados and its people. In the Lisbon free tour, you will be able to enjoy this city in a different way.
Do you dare to dress up? We are waiting for you in Lisbon during these Entrudo festivities.