The Market of Barcelos

Barcelos
Description
The Market of Barcelos is held every thursday at the Campo da República (Market Place). This is a traditional open air market focused on the local farmers' produce and closely linked to the sale of local handicraft products, such as the pottery of Barcelos, ceramic cocks, woodwork, embroidery and linens, to name a few.
No passage through the north of Portugal is complete without a visit to the weekly market of Barcelos. Thursday are always different from any other day of the week, resembling very much to festivity days. Very early, before dawn, merchants arrive, some arrived even earlier during the night, to set up their first clients appear as soon as the sun rises. Later on, the city, whitch is generally calm, becomes vibrant and dynamic. The streets and aquares are full of peoples, socializing, negotiating, buying, haggling or resolving bureaucratic affairs. All foreigners who visit Barcelos on thursday will always be amazed by its atmosphere, by the sounds and colours, so singly or in groups, these visitors wander around in the city contemplating the peculiarities which make this territiry and this market unique in Portugal and a true experience of contact with the authenticity of the local culture. By the end of the afternoon all these people will slowly disappear, but only until the next week when the city will, once again, welcome the market and its people.

Location: Barcelos
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