The city of Ovar hosts every year one of the most important Carnival celebrations of the country.

The origins of Carnival celebrations date back to 1887, as stated by local newspapers. It was only after the Second World War that the Carnival went out to the streets. Until then it was celebrated indoors in organised balls. The different city quarters launched their own celebrations and a healthy competition began to arise among them. In 1952 Carnival became an official feast in Ovar and its Carnival became also known as “the vitamin of joy”! It survived the dictatorship period, and actually most of the jokes and satires were not even noticed nor understood by the censorship, emerging since remote days as a must-see Carnival in Portugal!