If you happen to be in the Lisbon area for the next few weeks and your schedule and/or budget won’t allow you to go any farther than the city’s surrounding area there are two things you can do: either go to Fiartil or go to FIA – Lisboa.
Why? Because they’re both fairs dealing with Portuguese handicraft and food, although in different manners, so you get to experience some of what the country has to offer without actually leaving the Lisbon area.
Sounds like a good idea? Yes, I figured that much. 😉
Where? Centro de Congressos do Estoril (Estoril Congress Center, some 20/25 minutes away from Lisbon, either by car or train).
When? June 28th to September 1st. Mondays to Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays from 5 p.m. to midnight.
How much? From Monday to Thursday adults pay 1€ but if you’re more than 65 years old you pay 0.50€. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the ticket is 2.50€ and if you happen to be more than 65 years old you pay 1€. Children up to 12 years old don’t pay.
What else? This fair will be celebrating its 50th year of existence! Visitors will be able to appreciate and, of course, purchase, the work of some 300 people, from all over the country, working with handicraft. Food will also be a topic, of course!
Every night there will be live music, catering for different tastes, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday nights are jazz nights!
FIA – Lisboa
Where? In Lisbon, at FIL. FIL is an exhibition center in Parque das Nações, a fairly recent part of the city which, unfortunately, a lot of tourists don’t get to see because they’re only looking for the old stuff! Boo!
So how do you get there? I thought you’d never ask! There are several possibilities, but taking the subway is probably the best alternative, if you don’t have a car.
When? From the 6th to the 14th of July. The exhibition area is open from 3 p.m. to midnight and the food area is open from 12.30 p.m. to midnight. This year you’ll be able to get your ticket money back by going to the food stalls. They don’t give a lot of details on their website, but it’s worth taking a closer look at that!
How much? Adults pay 5€; students (take your school card with you) and people over 65 years old pay 2€; children up to 10 years of age pay nothing (obviously they need to show some ID).
What else? One of the main aspects of this blog is to let you know what you can experience in Portugal… beyond Lisbon. Right? Right! So why am I suggesting something taking place in Lisbon? Because it will allow you to somehow get to know a good part of the country without actually leaving Lisbon. Usually, one pavilion will be dedicated to Portugal alone, another pavilion for the other countries and one other for food and drink (and yes, you can eat/drink there or you can buy stuff to take with you). Most of the food stalls there are Portuguese, but not all of them.
I’ve been going to this fair since I was a kid and, of course, I’ll be there this year as well. It’s a very ethnic/alternative kind of event and you can usually see some handicraft items being produced right there. There are also several events, like small workshops and concerts, taking place during the time of the fair. This year’s “special guest” will be Cape Verde!
You can check the fair’s website in English right here.
Have fun! 🙂
The website: http://www.beyondlisbon.pt/