Almodovar, Medieval Market


Mercado Medieval de Almodôvar
Almodôvar medieval market
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2014)
Almodôvar, Beja (Alentejo region)
PORTUGAL


The Event

Almodôvar is a picturesque village located between the Alentejo peneplain (a low-relief plain originated from fluvial erosion) in the north and the hills of the Serra do Caldeirão in the south, at about 118km from Evora and 163km from Lisboa, in southern Portugal. The main event of the local history dates back to AD 1285, when, on April 17th, Almodôvar received its first Foral (Town Charter) by order of King Dinis (1261-1325).

Every year in the month of May, Almodôvar is home to a great and very accurate historical event, the Medieval Market, which celebrates the donation of the charter by the King Dinis while recreating the atmosphere and the daily life of the Middle Ages with their colors, tastes and sounds. The festival has established itself as a major event in the region and attracts thousands of tourists every year. For a weekend the visitors will have the chance to experience the 13th century Almodôvar while meeting many historical characters like fortune-tellers and magicians, craftsmen and muleteers, pilgrims and monks, noblemen and commoners, mounted and foot soldiers, ladies and maidens, kings and queens. The programme includes performances of jesters, jugglers and other acrobats, dance and music shows, storytelling, the medieval market with artisans from all over Europe presenting historical and traditional handicrafts, inns and taverns offering drinks and food of the period, the saracen party with ancient moorish cuisine, snake charmers and belly dancers, living history displays, battle reenactments, ancient games, archery and crossbow contests, knights tournaments, and the great parade with King Dinis. The main event, organized by the Viv'arte group, takes place in the evening and consists in a great theatre show dedicated every year to a different medieval theme and involving up to 250 historical characters in faithful period dresses.


The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.


Info & Contact

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mercadodealmodovar/

Almodôvar Town Council / Câmara Municipal de Almodôvar
Tourist Office / Posto de turismo
Address: Porta de Turismo Rua da Malpica, nº 2 Almodôvar
Tel. / Fax: 286 660 609
E-mail: turismo@cm-Almodôvar.pt
E-mail: pt.Almodôvar@rt-planiciedourada.pt
Web: http://www.cm-almodovar.pt/

Alentejo Turismo
Web: www.portalalentejano.com/

Companhia de Teatro Viv'Arte, Laboratório de Recriação Histórica
Web: www.teatro-vivarte.org/


Credits

pictures © https://www.facebook.com/mercadodealmodovar/

 

Spot VIII Mercado Medieval de Almodôvar

 

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