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Carnival in Lisbon: The best parties of 2020

Go get the stink bombs, the confetti, the sparkles, the streamers, the feathers, the masks and the most irreverent costumes… the Carnival has arrived!! An event that revellers love the most and also those who must not miss the joy, the celebration and the spirit that fill the city all over the country. As the Portuguese saying goes "life lasts for two days, Carnival lasts for three”, so we have to live them in the best way.

Over the next few days, Lisbon is completely transformed to receive the most original parades and parties, the most creative floats or even the most fun and well-characterized giant puppets and big heads. We may not be in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) or have a sambadrome like our brothers, but we have the same revelry and the same samba in our blood. After all, a good Portuguese likes to party!

For this reason, until next Tuesday, Carnival day, leave a space in your agenda and come to celebrate with us. And so you can know what to choose, check out some of the best parties in Lisbon for this festive season:


Date: February 22
Schedule: 7:00 pm
Place: Palácio Pimenta (Museu de Lisboa)
Theme/type of party: Carnival alluding to the Baroque era

Date: February 24
Schedule: 11:30 pm
Place: Art Lisbon, Santos
Theme/type of party: Um Carnaval alluding to Brasil

Date: February 22 and 23
Schedule:  2:00 pm - 00:00 am (February 22) and 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm (February 23)
Place: Palácio Marquês de Pombal
Theme/type of party: A Carnival that dates back to the 18th century in allusion to Marquês de Pombal era

Date: February 22 and 23
Schedule: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (February 22) and 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (February 23)
Place: Museu do Dinheiro (Baixa Pombalina)
Theme/type of party: A Carnival alluding to the Middle Ages

Date: February 23
Schedule: 11:30 am
Place: Museu Nacional dos Coches
Theme/type of party: An acting where Queen Dona Maria Ana of Austria conducts a presentation to coaches, carriages, litters and chairs from the museum's imposing collection.

Date: February 21 to 26
Place: Torres Vedras (Greater Lisbon)
Schedule: all day
Theme/type of party: A Carnival celebrated by revellers in the streets of Torres Vedras, where the giant puppets, the big heads and the floats that every year satirize the Portuguese society will go on the parade. A Portuguese-style street party.


Dressed properly, or without a mask, it does not matter. What you should do is live the Carnival in Lisbon as if it were the last days of your vacation (or of your visit to the capital). And, during these days, don't forget another Portuguese saying: "It's Carnival, nobody takes anything the wrong way!”

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