In Portugal, the carnival is the biggest festival of the year and draws people from around the world. It usually happens in February, right before lent starts. It signals the end of winter and also ushers in the religious period of giving up meat. Carnival is usually not religious in nature and therefore it continues well past Ash Wednesday when religious affiliated carnivals end. In fact, the carnival in Portugal usually last almost three weeks. It is a non-stop party where the focus is on fun and celebration.
Even if you have attended the carnival celebration elsewhere, you simply must experience the Portugal Carnival. Every celebration is unique and each with its own cultural influences. In Portugal you will experience the cities and the people in a way that you cannot do any other time of the year. It is an experience like no other. If you want to have fun and to let loose on vacation then book a trip to Portugal for the carnival.