During the last week of July is Manta Festival in Guimarães. There is a series of concerts, mostly rock and alternative music, held around 10 p.m in the gardens of the Palace and the cultural center of Vila Flor. There is a mounted a stage, and in different parts of the gardens there are also small bars-taverns. Admission is free and it is one of the many cultural and recreational initiatives that the city offers to everyone.
This bullring is in Campo Pequeno, it's a building of great beauty in neo-Moorish style, with domes and towers similar to those of the mosques, it's 80 meters in diameter and 5,000 square meters. At first it was only used for bullfighting, but starting in the 90s they began restoring and enabling commercial spaces. Currently it has an entertainment room with a capacity for 10,000 people in the underground level and circulating the square there's a large shopping arcade with 60 shops, restaurants, bars, supermarket, 8 cinemas and parking for 1,250 vehicles and, of course, bullfights still take place May-September.
We had the opportunity to meet the hot five in Oporto, we loved it. For 4 nights in a row, after dinner we went to see their live performances. If you like jazz, blues, rock, this is your place. Entry costs 4€ per person but it's worth it. Do not miss it if you like good music and good entertainment.
The Festas do Mar Cascais takes place every year for a few weeks of August, and is an event well worth visiting! The first thing to note is the price (free!), and there are all kinds of concerts and shows to suit every different taste. In 2012, for example, some headliners were Pedro Abrunhosa, Mikkael Solnado, Andre Sardet, Ronan Keating, and Rui Veloso. There are always performances by Cascais garage bands, thus helping to promote the local talent. In addition to the concerts, it's a beautiful place to visit and explore on foot, with plenty of great food and drink, crafts, promotion events, music, entertainment, and a great fireworks display. Watching concerts with your feet in the sand, and the beautiful Bay of Cascais as a backdrop is just amazing!
Of course we were wrong to think that in Portugal there was no bullfighting tradition, the Monumental Plaza de Toros de Póvoa demonstrated that they do hold this sport as a tradition Unlike the Spanish in Portugal it is only a mere spectacle in which it is forbidden to kill the animals. Prior to the construction of this square (it is from the nineteenth century), bullfights were held inside the Fortress of Our Lady of the Conception. The current arena was opened in 1949, designed by Alfredo Coelho de Magalhaes. It has a capacity for 5,500 spectators, and since 1984 it is managed by the City Council. They also have horse shows.