Its back to the Middle Ages again.The town of Castro Marim is preparing itself for this weeks XV Edicao Dias Medievais, ( the fifteenth year of The Medieval Festival ) . Daily life in the Middle Ages in Castro Marim is once again going to be recreated with rigour and passion.Dias Medievais is a festival and event the like of which you have never seen, consuming us with its energy and unveiling medieval life in all its glory and colour.Aside from all the delicious smells and tastes of medieval fare,(all of which I will be posting later in the week)we also have something new this year.
Very much the spirit of the festival, Guias (Re)Descobrir.( (RE) Discovery guides ) is a new fun project with something for all ages.Its focus is in providing information to accompany a suggested tour that takes in the historic and architectural heritage of the Algarve.From Alcoutim to Aljezur,it will be possible to follow a trail of Islamic and Christian history by visiting castles,churches and other buildings of historical significance.To launch the project first up of the eleven packs is Castro Marim.The collection of guides can be built up as they are produced.Inside each guide the text is in short bi-lingual paragraphs which refer to each suggested"stop"explaining to the reader what is significant around them.The packs include, in addition to the guide, a T-shirt and a pin badge.The packs are currently on sale in the ticket office and shop in the castle and also here at Casa Rosada. During the four days of the festival the packs will continue to be sold in these two locations.
As a novelty promotion for the duration of the festival, childrens T-shirts in 4 designs with labels attached carrying pedagogical questions and answers about The Middle Ages in the Algarve will be available.These T-shirts come in two sizes (3-4 year olds and 7-8 year olds). 2 designs of fridge magnets will also be on sale.Further information and all these products can be purchased online at www.nervedesign.pt (see online store).
Currently showing in the church of the castle of Castro Marim until 31 August is an exhibition about the project "Castro Marim in Algarve Route Medieval".
Finally look out for Casa Rosada, its friends and guests sporting promotional T-shirts in the streets of Castro Marim throughout the festival