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Impressive sand sculptures in the Algarve

9th edition of the FIESA (International Sand Sculpture Festival)

When walking along the beaches in the Algarve, it’s not unusual to come across the occasional sand sculpture. The majority is really nice and well done, however they are nothing in comparison to those that you can see in the FIESA, the best sand sculpture exhibition in the world.

It is an impressive exhibition that features the participation of more than 50 talented artists from across the world, creating sculptures that achieve a surprising level of detail and perfection.

The festival, organised by Prosandart, was first celebrated in 2003 in the town of Pêra, situated a few kilometres away from the fabulous Armaçao beach in Pêra. It has successfully taken place every summer since then.

Each edition has a different theme. This year it will be “Animalandia”, an imaginary and humorous world, where animals are in charge and they act like people. In this tribute to the animal kingdom, there will also be film characters, fables and fairytales.

To create these mammoth sized works of art (some reaching 12 metres tall), more than 40,000 tons of sand have been used. You can visit the sculptures during the day in all their glory and fine details, as well as at night when they are all lit up and the live music shows create a magical environment.

FIESA also offers a creative space where children and adults can receive classes and learn to work with sand. Of course, there are also areas in the shade where you can relax and have a drink.

Up until the end of August, visitors will be able vote for their favourite sand sculpture. Don’t forget to say which sculpture you like the best!


Practical information:

Timetable: FIESA is open to the public all day. Up until the 14th of September it is open from 10am to 11pm. From the 15th of September to the 15th of October, it will be open from 10am to 8pm.

Entrance price: 8 euro for adults, 4.50 euro for children between 6 and 12 years, and free for under 4s.

Transport – If you don’t have a car, you can catch the bus run by the festival itself and which stops in numerous places in the area.

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