The Portuguese Sand Festival

I spent two weeks in the Algarve, Portugal, in the summer of 2012, and I distinctly remember one day in particular – the day we visited the International sand festival.

Open both day and night and located in Pera, this exhibition runs annually, with a different theme each time, meaning all new sculptures to admire. 2012 was the year of “Idols”, seeing famous faces grace the landscape in this iconic display. Each year about 60 artists use 35,000 tons of sand to create 50 works of art, and they are very impressive.

It may be slightly out of the way and you only need a couple of hours there, but you have to admit, it’s a pretty cool attraction, and something totally different to tick off your list!

Find out more about the festival at

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