(listen to the live music played in the market, that made people gather from all over and dance)
Algarve has a lot of flea markets and they are famous for their bargains. But if you dream of the Sunday in which you would wander the streets of a flea market, full of colors, good music, people you can’t stop looking at and a wonderful energy, then the market of Barão de São João is your thing.
Imagine getting into the market and not knowing where to look first. There is so much to see, so many bargains, people enjoying to sell and make you happy. What you will see are not the locals selling. Or if there are any, they are few.
Every last Sunday of the month this market is the meeting place of people all over the world who settled for a different life. Close to basics, close to nature and themselves. They are all artists. And their hand-made jewelry is one of the most amazing I have seen. Silver and gold are not present on their table, but what you’ll see is cotton strings bracelets, ear rings, sugar-free cookies, organic teas, old records and books and people who seem to NOT hurry anywhere. People who have won the battle with time. And you don’t see many of those in our world I can assure you.
The market in Barão de São João is timeless, and actually if you will try to find out what time it is, before you will even start to look for a watch, you will realize you have forgotten even what day it was.
I have felt in this market like I was in the 60′ – although I have only read and heard stories about how the Swinging Sixties felt like. This people were dancing free, bare foot, were talking to every stranger and were embracing every smile. I cannot begin to tell you how good that feels to your soul.