One of Portugal’s most popular saints, Santo António (Saint Anthony of Padua), a Fransiscan friar, is Lisbon's patron. On June 13th's eve, the city turns into one big party, the craziest night of the year.
The night is filled with parades, live music, dancing and eating on the streets: grilled sardines, pepper salad, red wine and sangria (lots of wine and sangria!) are a must. The places to go are the city's poor neighbourhoods, especially the centuries old district of Alfama. Thousands of people, dance, sing and shout, going up and down the labyrinthic streets until dawn.
The national flag is everywhere, meaning the Soccer World Cup madness is set up. You can even see a Portuguese Team scarf hanging between the balconies. Portugal has its first game (vs. Germany) next Monday.