The Carnival tradition in Estarreja dates back to the end of the 19th century with the famous “flower battles” that engaged the local community in a spirit of joy and sheer celebration. It was not until the 80’s that the Carnival became a major force in Estarreja, incorporating the Brazilian samba and its overwhelming influence. Nowadays this is one of the most iconic Carnival celebrations in Portugal, attracting many revellers from all over the country.