The parish councils of Monchique and Portimão came together last night, to promote the tradition of 'Banho de 29' at Praia do Vau, Portimão.
Banho de 29, or 29 baths is a mixture of folk tradition and ritual passed down from parents to children, with the belief that the bath on that night is worth 29 baths. The origins of the tradition are uncertain, perhaps coming from very ancient times and linked to the end of summer, or maybe part of the Arab heritage. However, the custom has remained.
Participants must bring “their bathing costume and their meal to share”, culminating in the conviviality with the traditional midnight bath.