Medieval Music at Idanha-a-Velha Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Medieval Festa in Idanha-a-Velha

Last weekend we went to a Medieval Festa (festival) in the nearby historic village of Idanha-a-Velha. There are a network of villages throughout Central Portugal that have been designated as historic (Aldeias Históricas de Portugal). The twelve historic villages host annual festas to celebrate their rich history. Idanha-a-Velha’s event celebrated the life of their very own King Wamba. The legendary Visigothic king, who was born in 600AD when the village was a large city known as Egitania.

It was a wonderful festival, a great gathering which included workshops, dance, music, street events and a regional market. The local produce included delicious heather honey, cured meats of every description, cheese and fresh oven baked bread. The boys were fascinated to watch the bread being made and see the dough scraped up and baked in huge wood fired ovens. There were donkeys, Knights on horseback and of course and lots of events throughout the day. As with every good Portuguese festa there was of course also a huge stage and a very, very loud sound system ideal for blaring out Eurotrash music very, very late into the night.

Castanas, Roasted Chestnuts from Idanha-a-Velha Medieval Festa,

Donkey and Band, Idanha-a-Velha Medieval Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Giant Bread at Idanha-a-Velha Medieval Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Chaos Testing the Chorizo, Idanha-a-Velha, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

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Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

18 thoughts on “Medieval Festa in Idanha-a-Velha


    (October 29, 2017 - 12:44 am)

    I love experiencing and hearing about festivals in other countries although I’m not a big fan of PA systems #mysundayphoto

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (October 29, 2017 - 1:12 am)

    Those are lovely photos, the fiesta sounds a great event

    Tracey Abrahams

    (October 29, 2017 - 1:21 am)

    I am a huge fan of any kind of celebration that has a medieval influence of any kind. It sounds like you had lots of fun x #mysundayphoto
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    (October 29, 2017 - 2:09 am)

    Brilliant festival photos. I haven’t been to Portugal for many years. You make me want to return and who doesn’t love roasted chestnuts….yum! 😀


    (October 29, 2017 - 7:54 am)

    Lovely photos. I would love to travel around the world.

    darren coleshill

    (October 29, 2017 - 9:09 am)

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful event

    Thank you for linking up
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    Emma Raphael

    (October 29, 2017 - 9:59 am)

    I could just eat those chestnuts. It looks like a fabulous festival! #sundayphoto
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    John Adams

    (October 29, 2017 - 10:03 am)

    How wonderful the Portuguese still celebrate and value such festivals. Looks like an amazing fiesta.
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    karen reekie

    (October 29, 2017 - 10:19 am)

    Festivals are always so interesting and fun, specially if they are different from what you are used to. Lovely photos! #mysundayphoto
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    (October 29, 2017 - 10:56 am)

    This festival looks so interesting! #mysundayphoto


    (October 29, 2017 - 2:20 pm)

    I love festivals celebrating older times. Would love to visit the villages some time.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (October 29, 2017 - 10:30 pm)

      Great fiestas, and historic villages. Check out; aldeias de historicas de portugal

    Cath - BattleMum

    (October 29, 2017 - 5:47 pm)

    I’m dying to experience a festival here in Portugal. We missed the Silves one this year because we were away in America. But I am definitely going to try catch it next year. This one looks great too!


    (October 29, 2017 - 9:21 pm)

    It looks like a wonderful event. I love the little details you’ve captured, it makes me feel like I was there! #MySundayPhoto
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (October 29, 2017 - 9:33 pm)

      Thanks Tara, what a lovely comment. It was a lively event

    Martyn Kitney

    (November 4, 2017 - 3:56 pm)

    I love events like this. Looks like so much fun was had. Great photos! Looking forward to seeing tomorrow’s! #mysundayphoto
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (November 4, 2017 - 9:30 pm)

      Thanks for the great comment, glad you like the photos. We look out for these local events, you just don’t know what to expect

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