The Algarve Folar Festival –  don’t miss your chance to discover and participate in this unique cultural experience during Easter in the Algarve.

Algarve Folar festival with 6 different types of folares

The Algarve Folar Festival ( Easter Cake Festival) is a vibrant celebration held annually around Easter, marking the arrival of spring and the renewal of life. 

These festivals are one of the main attractions during the Algarve Easter Festivities.

This traditional festival has a rich history and is believed to have originated during the Roman era when offerings of cakes and bread were made to gods and goddesses during spring festivals.

Over the centuries, the festivals have evolved and adapted to Christian traditions.

The Folar Easter cake itself became symbolic of Christ’s Passion, with the hard-boiled egg traditionally placed in the centre representing rebirth and new beginnings.

The dates of the Algarve Folar Festival fluctuate slightly each year, depending on Easter.

However, the festivals typically start the week before Easter and end on Easter Sunday.

The festivities are most prominent in towns and villages across the Algarve, with some of the most renowned Algarve Folar festival take place in;

S. Marcos da Serra



What is a Folar - Easter Cake?

The heart and soul of the Algarve Folar Festival lies in the Folar itself, a sweet bread unlike any other.

This delectable treat is traditionally made with fluffy dough enriched with eggs, butter, cinnamon, and sugar. The dough is then woven into a beautiful round shape.

Some are  decorated with a single hard-boiled egg nestled in the center. 

But the magic of the Folar doesn’t stop at its appearance. The bread boasts a variety of fillings and flavours, catering to different palates and regional specialities. Here’s a glimpse into the delightful diversity of the Folar:

  • Folar Doce (Sweet Folar): This classic version features a filling of sweet ingredients like cinnamon, sugar, and sometimes even candied fruit. Imagine a soft, pillowy bread bursting with warm, comforting flavors.
  • Folar Salgado (Savory Folar):  These Folares are normally found in the north of Portugal. For those who prefer savory treats, the Folar Salgado offers a delightful surprise. This version features savory fillings like linguiça (sausage), chouriço (cured pork sausage), or even cured ham.
  • Folar de Olhão: This regional specialty from Olhão takes the sweet Folar to a whole new level. Imagine a Folar Doce with a caramelized sugar and cinnamon filling layered within the dough. The result is a heavenly combination of textures, with a crispy caramelized exterior giving way to a soft, gooey center.

Beyond their deliciousness, Folar breads hold symbolic meaning. The round shape represents the cyclical nature of life and rebirth, while the egg symbolizes fertility and new beginnings.

In some regions, the Folar is even decorated with colorful sprinkles or fennel seeds, adding a touch of vibrancy and cultural significance.

Algarve folar. Once slice of layered easter cake on top of the folar
Traditional Algarve sweet layered Folar – Easter Cake

Algarve Folar Festival a Multi-Sensory Experience

The Algarve Folar Festival isn’t just about indulging in delicious treats; it’s a multi-sensory experience that captures the essence of Algarvean culture.

The streets come alive with a vibrant blend of traditional activities, captivating entertainment, and the irresistible aroma of freshly baked Folar.

The Folar undoubtedly takes center stage, with bakeries showcasing their unique variations and families enjoying the bread throughout the festival.

Visitors can taste the Folar Easter Cake, experiencing the delightful interplay of textures and flavours. But the culinary offerings extend far beyond the Folar.

Food stalls and restaurants also sell traditional local food, tempting visitors with regional delicacies and specialities.

Selection of Algarve Easter Cakes
Algarve Easter Cakes

Is the Algarve Folar Festival free to attend?

Yes, the festival itself is free to attend. You can enjoy the atmosphere, taste the Folares Easter cake, without any cost. However, if you want to purchase food or drinks from vendors then you pay for these individually.

Algarve Folar festival at S. Marcos da Serra leaflet showing typical folar

XXVI Feira Do Folar de São Marcos Da Serra

XXVI Algarve Folar Festival at São Marcos da Serra is one of the most popular folar festivals in the Algarve.

Festival Dates: 29th March until the 31st March 2024.

Where is the Feira do Folar de São Marcos de Serra located?

The Algarve Folar festival in S. Marcos da Serra is in front of the Church in the Center of S. Marcos da Serra.

Address:  R. da Igreja 1, 8375-257 São Marcos da Serra

How do I get to the XXVI feira do Folar -S.Marcos da Serra?

The best way to get to S. Marcos da Serra is on the IC1 (road from Algarve to Lisbon). Take the turn to São Marcos da Serra. You will start to see the signs to the Easter Cake festival.

If you like a bit of an adventure, you can take the road from Silves to S. Marcos da Serra EM502, but this is an inland road through the hills.

It is a scenic road, and you will not see many cars. We recommend this road only during the day, as no street lights exist. 

Depending on your location driving time may vary. See Directions from Your Location to S. Marcos da Serra for exact directions. 

How far is S. Marcos da Serra from Silves?

Silves is 35 km (21.75 miles) from Folar Festival. Depending on the road you travel, it will take you aproximately 35-40 minutes drive. 

São Marcos da Serra is a parish in the municipality of Silves, known for its mountainous characteristics and for making bread and “Folar”, with its scent of cinnamon and fennel, decorated with whole eggs and made from a dough leavened with baker’s yeast.

The Folar Easter cake festival aims to promote the interior of the municipality and popular culture, particularly in the parish of S. Marcos da Serra. It showcases the local people’s know-how, traditions, gastronomy, and handicrafts and involves the local community.

The festival includes concerts, religious celebrations, choral groups, folklore groups, dances, traditional games and street entertainment.

Our recommendation: make a day of it. Spend the day in Silves, visit the castle, walk through the historical center of Silves, have a nice traditional meal in one of the many restuarants Silves has to offer. 

After lunch, drive to S. Marcos da Serra and visit the Algarve Folar Festival. It will be a great and enjoyable day.

Selection of Algarve Folares Easter Cakes
Algarve Folar Festival Easter Cakes
Flyer advetising the Odeceixe Easter Cake festival in Algarve
Odeceixe Easter Cake Festival

Feira do Folar & Doçaria Odeceixe - Easter Cake Festival in Odeceixe

the Algarve Folar Festive in Odeceixe. This festival is located in the beautiful coastal town of Odeceixe.

Not only will you taste the traditional Folar Easter Cake, there is plenty activities throughout the afternoon especially for children such as; face painting, crazy hair styling, temporary tattoos.

There is always music to dance to throughout the afternoon and evening.

Festival Date: 29th March unitl 31st March 2024

Where is the Feira do Folar e Doçaria Odeciexe?

The Easter Cake Festival in Odeceixe is located in the town center.

Address: Parque Ribeirinho José Estevão de Oliveira, Odeceixe

What time does the Algarve Folar Festival in Odeceixe open?

29th March and 30th March 2024 – 12:00 pm until 00:30 am

31st March – 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm

How to get to Odeceixe?

Odeceixe is a village on the Western Coast of the Algarve on the river banks of Rio Seixe. This beautiful town belongs to the municipality of Aljezur. 

If you want to explore the west coast of the Algarve and are not in a rush, your best option is to travel on the A22 (toll payments) west until the end of the A22 (Bensafrim); the road will then merge onto the EN120 (Aljezur / Sines), which will take you to Odeceixe. 

Depending on your location driving time may vary. For exact direction see How to get to Odeceixe from my location.

Recommendations: Once you are on the EN120, you can turn off to visit the beautiful beaches on the Algarve’s coast, such as Praia da Boreira, Praia da Arrifana, and Praia da Amoreira. Hence, we call it the scenic route.

If you would like to go straight to Odeceixe, then we recommend taking the road to Lisbon IC1. Take the turn off to São Marcos da Serra. Then take the EM542 (9.5 km). EN120 for 30Km and this will take you straight to Odeceixe in just over 1 hour depending on your location.

During the three-day event, visitors can explore the craft and local products fair, which will showcase a wide variety of typical products from the region, from sweets and liqueurs to ceramics and clothes.

There will also be space for cultural activities, with musical and theatre performances and games for children.

Feira de Doces d’ Avó - Alcoutim - Grandmother Sweet Festival in Alcoutim

poster with grandmother baking promoting Alcoutim folar festival
Alcoutim Easter Sweet Festival

The Algarve Folar festival in Alcoutim is along the river in the village of Alcoutim and features not only the Algarve Easter Cake but also traditional cakes and sweets that “grandmothers” used to make in the Algarve.

Festival Dates: 29th March until 31st March 2024

Where is the Feira de Doces d’Avó – Grandmother Sweet Festival in Alcoutim?

The Easter festival in Alcoutim has a great location overlooking the Guadiana River and on the other side of the bank Spain.

Address: Rua do Guadiana, Alcoutim

What time does the Algarve Folar Festival in Alcoutim open?

The Alcoutim Easter Festival opens from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Recommendations: Take a small boat trip along the Guadiana River. It is a pleasant 15- 20-minute boat trip. You can buy your tickets on the pier next to the Folar Festival.

How to Get to Alcoutim Algarve Folar Festival?

The fastest route to Alcoutim is on the A22 (toll road), and take the exit Nº 18 to Vila Real Santo Antonio. Follow the signs to Beja/ Alcoutim and continue on  IC27/N122 until Alcoutim ( 30 km).

If you do not want to pay the toll, then we suggest staying on the EN125 until Vila Real Santo Antonio and taking the road to Beja/Alcoutim IC27/N122 as above, as this road is not toll-paid.

Depending on your location, driving time may vary. See Directions from Your Location to Alcoutim.