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Christmas in the Algarve

The Algarve still keeps the traditions of the holiday season alive.

Traditional nativity scenes are put up, streets and monuments decorated with seasonal motifs, and on the typical Algarve dinner table there are delicious traditional delicacies to share with the family, such as octopus, rooster or the famous litany, fritters and turnovers made from sweet potato.

The music and illuminations in the streets inspire people to shop for presents and for the children it is always a celebration to be able to find Santa Claus.

There are markets and fairs where you can sample the richness of traditional flavours, local handicrafts, musical entertainment, cultural events, workshops and other activities designed for the whole family.

Music and singing are another way of remembering the birth of Christ, and in December various Christmas-related concerts bring the most prestigious choral groups to the region.

Throughout the region, groups of folk singers (charoleiros and janeireiros) travel through towns and villages, singing door to door in praise of the baby Jesus, and wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to have a family holiday in the Algarve!

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