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During the Arab Festival, all of Mértola resounds with a mixture of sounds from the other side of the Mediterranean. In the “souk”, the leather goods, the djellabas, the incense, the sandalwood, the mint tea, the spices and the mixture of Arabic and Portuguese voices give a special colour, aroma and melody to the streets covered with fabrics; a perfect refuge from the sun.

On these days, the encounter of cultures is celebrated through music, art, dance, theater and gastronomy.

These are times of dialogue, tolerance and culture exchange.

The festival takes place every two years in May! The 2017 edition is from May 18 to 21


See some imagens of the festival on this 2015 Vídeo