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.
Mouraria Lisbon in June
In June, all the streets in the historic areas are decorated with garlands and lights, the atmosphere is wonderful!
Mouraria Lisbon June 12 2016: Beco do Jasmim & salsa dancing
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On the eve of Saint Anthony day, June 12, Lisbon turns into one big party 🙂
June 12, 2016 : Lisbon’s craziest night of the year in historic area Mouraria, Lisbon. Picture: Hans Stuij
Eating, drinking and dancing together in the streets
Wine, sangria, beer, the smell of grilled sardines, mojitos, caipirinhas, fado, pimba music and lots of people eating, drinking and dancing in the streets.
June 12: Lisbon’s craziest night of the year in historic area Mouraria: party time! 🙂
June 12, 2017 & Lisbon’s Eve of Saint Anthony
Traditional grilled sardinhas (sardines) & salad
June 12, 2015: Lisbon’s craziest night of the year
Historical area Mouraria, Rua Guia, Lisbon drinking and dancing in the streets
June 12, 2015 & Lisbon’s Eve of Saint Anthony parade in de streets of Mouraria
June 12, 2016 Rua Guia, Lisbon & the yearly Saint Anthony parade
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. There’s also the Saint Anthony’s brides (mass marriages).
YouTube yearly parade
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! 🙂
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The narrow streets in 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.
Bairro Alto historical area Lisbon
Drinks & sardinhas (sardines) with traditional bread
Largo da Trindade – people are dancing on Pimba music
Pimba music – songs frequently driven by metaphors with sexual meanings
Pimba is a term used for a variety of popular Portuguese folk solo singers and bands whose songs are frequently driven by metaphors with sexual meanings.
Pimba music: ‘Quero cheirar teu bacalhau Maria’ ( I would like to smell your codfish Maria 😉 😉 by Quim Barreiros)
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.
Historical area Mouraria in June
Sardines (sardinhas) & the Saint festivities belong together
There’s also the grilled sardines, you can smell it everywhere in the streets! It’s not a good time for sardines 😉 though as everywhere in Lisbon you see people grilling sardines outside their homes and the narrow streets fill up people in party mood.
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
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….
Mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings”
There’s also the Saint Anthony’s brides (mass marriages), held during the mid-June St. Anthony’s Day celebrations.
Lisbon, Eve of Saint Anthony festivities