What is the Festival of the Ocean in Lisbon?

festival-oceanosEvery year in Lisbon, they celebrate the Festival of the Ocean (Festival Dos Oceanos) for a two week period.

This year’s festival begins on the 30th of July – so if you’ve got a holiday booked to Lisbon in the next couple of weeks, then you are in luck.

Every year the festival attracts around 300,000 people to the city for a series of events that span a fortnight, day and night.  Most of these events are free and can be found all around the city.

There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for tranquil street performers of wild parties in the evening – you can find it at the Festival of the Ocean.  The events include street performers, concerts, fireworks, cultural entertainment and more.

The first Festival of the Ocean was in 1999 and its objective was to maintain the national spirit achieved from the EXPO’98.  They had clear objectives when they created the festival, looking to promote a cultural event that would increase tourism to the country in months which usually suffered from a lack of tourist interest.

The event has proven to be a success and now attracts masses of tourists who will stay in Lisbon for the entirety of the two weeks to ensure they don’t miss any of the concerts or events.

The event is based in three areas of Centro Histórico, Belém and Parque das Nações.  These areas weren’t picked randomly; they were selected for good reasons.

The historic centre (Centro Histórico) is supposed to resemble the soul of Lisbon due to its copious amounts of history.  Bethlehem (Belém) is often considered the cultural hub of the city due to its many museums.  Finally the Nations Park (Parque das Nações) is supposed to play the role of modern Lisbon and has some of the best tourist facilities in the city.

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