Lisbon’s craziest night: June 12, Eve of Saint Anthony, street parties, naughty lyrics & grilled sardines

In June, the month of the Festas dos Santos Populares (Feast Days of the Popular Saints), the Lisbon nights are filled with lively festivities that take over the city’s historical center.  Festas 2018

Area Mouraria Lisbon in the month of June

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria, Rua João do Outeiro 34, Lisbon.

In the month of June, all the streets in the historic areas in Lisbon are decorated with garlands and lights, the atmosphere is wonderful! 🙂

Lisbon, Rua dos Remédios, area Alfama June 2018  & World Championship football: viva Portugal!

Every year mid-June, the time-honoured Santo António celebrations take over the streets of Lisbon, filling them with grilled-sardine and sangria-selling stalls, cheery bunting, and happy people. More..

Lisbon historic area Mouraria June 2018

View from terrace cafe/restaurant Bruta FlorLargo da Severa, Lisbon 

Who was matchmaker Saint AnthonySanto António (15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231)?

Saint Anthony’s brides: YouTube 

June 12, 2018: The Saint Anthony’s mass marriages  in Lisbon. Picture: Josephine Lucassen

Celebrated since before the 25 April Revolution in 1974, the Santo António weddings are held to give cash-strapped local couples the chance to wed in a large joint ceremony. More…

The lucky couples receive everything free of charge including the ring, wedding dress and honeymoon as part of an annual competition organised by the city council.

Party time ! Historic area Mouraria June 12, 2018. Picture: Rob van Scherpenseel

Eating, drinking and dancing together in the narrow streets. On the eve of Saint Anthony day, June 12, Lisbon turns into one big party!  🙂

YouTube Saint Anthony street parties historic area Mouraria Lisbon

People are dancing on Pimba musica

Pimba music – songs frequently driven by metaphors with sexual meanings

An example of Pimba music: ‘Quero cheirar teu bacalhau Maria’  ( I would like to smell your codfish Maria ! 😉 😉 by Quim Barreiros)

June 12, 2018: The kings of the sardine (os reis da sardinha)  😉

Grilled sardines & Saint Anthony parties belong together.

Everywhere in the streets of the historic areas in Lisbon you see people grilling sardines outside their homes and the narrow streets fill up with people in party mood.

Mouraria Lisbon June 12 2016

Beco do Jasmim & salsa dancing

Lisbon area Mouraria, June 12, 2018: senhor Gonçalo

In this area, short term rentals : my 100 m2 3-bedroom apartment with quiet lovely patio (30 m2) , free Wifi, BBQ: 6 persons can sleep comfortably

Area Mouraria Lisbon:  Saint Anthony in 2018 loves to party!

Picture: Liesbeth Niebling

 Festas de Lisboa       Facebook

Waiting for the Mouraria yearly parade 2018…

Picture: Liesbeth Niebling

‘Marchas popularas’ Mouraria area Lisbon 2015.

Yearly parades June 12

At Avenida da Liberdade, from around 8h30 pm, June 12, there will be the yearly parade, with people dressed up in beautiful costumes.  Each group represents a Lisbon neighborhood and there is a winner for the best song and costumes.

Marcha da Mouraria 2018

Saint Anthony street party Mouraria June 12, 2018

 Rua da Guia, Lisbon, close to square Martim Moniz: metro, tram and bus station

June 12, 2016 : Lisbon’s craziest night of the year in Mouraria, Lisbon.

Picture: Hans Stuij

June 12, 2017 & Lisbon’s Eve of Saint Anthony

Restaurant/cafe ‘A Vaidosa Terreirinho Ginginha’, Mouraria Lisbon, Rua do Terreirinh0 58 

Traditional grilled sardinhas (sardines) & salad in June

Lisbon Mouraria historical area in June party time

June 12, 2015: Lisbon’s craziest night of the year

Wine, sangria, beer,  sardines, mojitos, caipirinhas, fado, pimba music and lots of people eating, drinking and dancing in the streets.

Lisbon Festas populares Santo Antonio craziest night of the uear 2015

June 12, 2015 & Lisbon’s Eve of Saint Anthony parade in de streets of Mouraria

Mouraria Lisbon 2016 Santo Joao

June 2016, feast days of the popular saints in historical area Mouraria Lisbon

Saint João 😉 😉 (sponsor is Sagres, a Portuguese brand of beer)

Lisbon June 16 2016

Saint Antonio street party Mouraria Lisbon & the black bra at the neighbors’ balustrade 😉 😉

Bar Flamingo & Dutch friend Feikje Stuij

Saint Anthony street party Mouraria Lisbon, June 12, 2017 & bar Flamingo  Strike a pose! 🙂

In this area in Mouraria , short term rentals : my 3-bedroom apartment (100 m2) with lovely sunny patio (30 m2) , free Wifi, BBQ: 6 persons can sleep comfortably.

Bica district Lisbon, famous funicular near Bairro Alto

YouTube Partying in the small street, it’s hard to walk there! R. da Bica de Duarte Belo 

The narrow streets in area Bairro Alto (at night) are filled with people in a party mood, enjoying a whole lot of caipirinhas and mojitos on the bar-lined hills. Every bar and club in the district shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside.

Largo da Trindade Lisbon- people are dancing on Pimba music

Lisbon santo Antonio Alfama BBQ

Historic area Alfama & BBQ in the street

Lisbon’s craziest night: YouTube in one of the historical parts of Lisbon: Alfama

All the streets are decorated with garlands and lights, from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça to Alfama, and Ajuda to Bairro Alto. Barely a street escapes as paper lanterns, streamers and coloured lights are hung from balconies and railings.

Lisbon Santo Antonio basil plants with poems

Manjerico (basil), a symbol of affection & love poems

As a symbol of affection, people present each other with little pots of basil (manjerico) and paper carnations on which they write poems.

During the month of June there are many stalls in the city where you can buy the pots with basil (from 5 – 15 euro) and a selection of poems with various texts

Manjerico basil Festas de Lisboa gift R June 2

Pot of basil with love poems, a gift from a nice friend…. 🙂

não digas que não amas –  “do not say you don’t love me
pois tens a voz a tremer –    because your voice is trembling
quando um não proclamas – when one does not proclaim
um sim pretender dizer” –  it is “yes” you mean to say….

Lisbon Santo Antionio Church candles

Santo Antonio (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua)

Saint Anthony: matchmaker, protector of young brides and patron of the lost and found, was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church. MORE…….  Largo Santo Antonio à Sé, Alfama.  

Lisbon Saint Antonio June 12 2015 Rossio

Lisbon, Eve of Saint Anthony festivities

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11 Replies to “Lisbon’s craziest night: June 12, Eve of Saint Anthony, street parties, naughty lyrics & grilled sardines”

  1. Your pictures really capture the atmosphere. Next year I hope to go over when the festival is on as I think it would be a true Lisbon experience 🙂

  2. St. Anthony of Padua Pray For Us..

    Does anyone know the name of the naked female saint that was in the
    St. Anthony June 13th Parade in Lisbon this year. We have pictures but no one knows who it is? Please Email me at hunterdouglas4u@optonline.net — Please Do not reply unless you really know. Thank you..

  3. Dzien dobry.Gratuluje bardzo dobrze napisanego posta.Sporo mozna znalezc w necie na ten temat ale tym artykulem autor wszystko przedstawia jak trzeba.Dzieki!

  4. Dou os meus parabéns ao criador desta página sobre a cidade de Lisboa, no meu maravilhoso país(Portugal).Todos os estrangeiros ficam encantados e maravilhados, mas portugal tem muito mais em outras cidades para se ver, porque cada cidade tem a sua tradição e hábitos.
    Obrigada Meysam Maleki

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