Alcoutim's Festival do Contrabando
Annual festival to remember the smuggling activity between Portugal & SpainFri Mar 27th 2020 to Sun Mar 29th 2020
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The Festival do Contrabando - Smugglers Festival, is an annual event which commemorates the history of 'smuggling' which took place between the people living on the Portuguese and the Spanish borders of the Guadiana river.
Note: This event has been cancelled. 11/03/2020
Before Portugal was part of the European Union the Guadiana was a popular passage for smugglers. The Portuguese took coffee and sugar and traded it for fabrics from Spain. Smugglers transported the goods by swimming across the river between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana. Aside from the contraband that was exchanged, there was an exchange of arts and culture, which is also celebrated at the festival.
The Contraband Festival focuses on a cultural and historical legacy that is remembered throughout the region and the area, and which is part of the local heritage. The festival re-creates a rural market of the era, combining all the activities of contraband, guards, ancient crafts, street art and historical reenactments.
One of the great attractions of this event is the Floating Bridge over the Guadiana river that allows local communities to see a longstanding dream fulfilled; allowing pedestrians to cross between the two banks of the river, during the three days of the event.
Festival dates: 27th, 28th & 29th March 2020
This is a great weekend event for all the family, with plenty of live entertainment, food and drink.
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This event is part of the 365 Algarve cultural programme.
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