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We found Feifei and Joel near Chapitô, looking for the entrance to the St. George Castle. On vacation for two weeks, the couple left Los Angeles and went to discover Iberia.

  - We landed in Barcelona and rented a car. We have visited Saragossa, Madrid and Lisbon now.
  - And why Lisbon?
  - I was born in Macau and my mother’s best friend was Portuguese. So I always had curiosity to visit the country. Joel did not want to come, but I asked and pleaded very much (laughs)...

It is the night of all excesses, the night where anything can happen. From 12 to 13 June Lisboners are keen to celebrate St. Anthony with sardines on bread and lots of beer to the sound of traditional music! This year, Mouraria been ablaze with dozens of ‘bailaricos’ (traditional balls) and lots of entertainment both in Renovar a Mouraria Association, as Largo dos Trigueiros or Largo de S. Cristóvão. The streets, the balconies and store shelves are decorated by locals with traditional manjericos colored ribbons, great balls of paper and sardines cardboard idealized by several local designers, resulting in a full color picture...

In Lisbon, the month of June is synonymous of party and celebration. In every corner there is a neighbourhood party or ‘arraial’ where the queen is always the same: sardine! This small fish is grilled over coals and served simply with a drizzle of olive oil on a slice of bread. Keep it simple and enjoy it!

This month, when the city celebrates St. Anthony, its patron saint, Lisbon is invaded by a characteristic fog and an unmistakable smell of sardines: smells nice, smells like Lisbon, like the song!

Let yourself be captivated by the joy of neighbourhood’s parties and do not ask for just one sardine: taste half a dozen! The culmination of the Saint Anthony Festival is scheduled for the evening of June 12 to 13, with the Marches, representing the various neighbourhoods that in the evening parade down Avenida da Liberdade...