Battle of Vimeiro 1808

from 17/07/2020 to 19/07/2020
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18 March 2020 > Please note that many public places are closed due to measures to combat the coronavirus contagion worldwide. We advise you to check with the organisers before attending any events during this period.

On 21 August 1808, an Anglo-Portuguese Army under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was attacked near the village of Vimeiro in Lourinhã, Portugal, by a French Army under the command of Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot. From 17-19 July, 2020, a re-enactment of this pivotal battle will take place at the original site.

Battle of Vimeiro 1808
Batalha do Vimeiro [Battle of Vimeiro], 1810-1812, J. Cardini esculp e D. Schioppetta delin

As well as the reenactment, there will be a themed market near the Battle’s Interpretation Centre at Vimeiro, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the social and military environment of the early 19th-century French Invasions. Actors will play civilians and soldiers to bring the atmosphere of the battle to life. There will be street entertainment, theatre performances, concerts, children’s workshops, visits to the Interpretation Center, and exhibitions. The market will have an array of merchandise and food for sale. Visitors can access the trade area, the military camp, as well as one of the taverns.

The Battle of the Vimeiro was an undeniable victory for the Anglo-Portuguese Army over the forces of Imperial France, bringing an end to the First French Invasion. Junot’s French forces suffered 2000 men (dead, wounded and imprisoned), and the Anglo-Portuguese army lost 700.


Location: Vimeiro, Lourinhã, Portugal

Date: 17-19 July 2020

Contact information for the Interpretation Centre at Vilmeiro

Telephone: (+ 351) 261 988 471


Click here for the event website (in Portuguese)



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