SOUK

The high point of the festival is the 4-days street market. In the “souk”, the leather goods, the djellabas, the incense, the sandalwood, the mint tea, the spices and the mixture of voices give a special colour, aroma and melody to the streets of the “old town”, covered with colourful cloths.


The market stands are covered with a wide variety of products (handicrafts, sweets, regional products from the Alentejo, music, art, textiles) coming from a wide range of destinations (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, and the Alentejo, of course).


Buying something here is inevitably associated with the Arabic ritual of bargaining for the right price. A spot of spontaneous entertainment may emerge at some point: a performance by a dancer, a poet or a singer. In an improvised space, up above, an area reserved for prayer stands out.
 

The street market is the most enchanting place of this Festival. This is not an act of historical re-enactment, with characters and a cast, but a real present-day Arab market, with real artisans, traders and people.