June is one of the busiest months of Lisbon, the city dresses for the festivities and to commemorate his patron saint, Santo António. With a whiff of summer in the air, the Festivities of Lisbon offer lots of activities and entertainment all over the city but specially in Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods like Castelo, Mouraria, Graça, Alfama, Ajuda and the Bairro Alto, luring lure thousands of people into the streets.
Santo António overseas the city’s festivities throughout the month that reach their highpoint on the evening of June 12, with a procession of popular marches through the Avenida da Liberdade. Decorated with coloured globes and garlands, the city’s streets are invaded by the smell of roasted sardines and sweet basil accompanied by paper carnations and rimes.
On the afternoon of June 13, a procession in homage to the popular Saint winds its way through the streets around the Sé cathedral and provides a special religious flavour to the festivities.
The Festivities of Lisbon will extend throughout the month till the 4th of July and include a wide variety of events such as fado, jazz and other musical performances, theatre, sports events and exhibitions.