Art is one of the most defining aspects of the human race, and is truly something worth celebrating. The Sand Sculpture Festival of Algarve is something that will astonish you eternally.
Officially known as the International Sand Sculpture Festival, it is the largest of its kind on the planet, and has been held annually ever since 2003. It takes place at a site that can only be identified through gps coordinates and feature incredible works of art that are seemingly created by divine means.
Each year there is a very specific theme which the exhibitioners have to follow, and result in some truly breathtaking works of artistic mastery. Some of the themes from past incarnations of the festival include ‘idols’, ‘music, ‘lost worlds’, and ‘Hollywood films and characters’.
Recent versions of this festival have grown exponentially in scale and the last one featured fifty artists, fifteen-thousand square-metres of land, and forty thousand tonnes of sand. The event also lasts for around five months! So if you find yourself vacationing at a nearby hotel in Praia Da Rocha with examples such as Tivoli Marina Portimao Algarve Hotel, be sure to check if the festival is happening.
The average sculpture stands at around 12 feet tall, and can depict anything from icons such as Willy Wonka to historical figures such as Sigmund Freud. There are even incredible dioramas to be seen.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+