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.
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