The Portuguese Settlement of Melaka is located only five (5) kilometres from Melaka city. Many of its community are of the Kristang ethnic group, which are an ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay lineage, which arose during the Portuguese colonial period of the 16th Century.
During the year 1933, 11 hectares of land were acquired for the establishment of a Portuguese village in Malacca – the Saint John’s Village. The purpose of the Saint John’s Village was to appeal to the scattering descendant of the Portuguese people in Malacca and improve their living standards. The village soon attracted many Portuguese and grew to become one of Malacca’s famous tourist attraction whether it’s for a Portuguese related event, seafood or the extravagant Christmas decoration – the Portuguese Settlement.
Today, the Portuguese settlement is sometimes referred to as the Mini Lisbon, which comprises a few Portuguese street names such as D’Alberquerque, Sequera, Eredia, D’Aranjo and Texeira.
For those who visit Portuguese settlement today, you can indulge in an array of Portuguese styled seafood positioned just by the sea – there are 10 Portuguese seafood stalls in the vicinity for visitors to choose from, each with their own exclusive style of recipe and tantalizing taste.
Just like other Portuguese speaking communities around the world, the Portuguese Settlement of Malacca holds an annual Feast of Saint Pedro on 29th June, where dancing, music and banquets are held. The festival is joined by some 100,000 visitors from Malaysia and abroad. During the event held in the Portuguese Settlement, visitors can enjoy Portuguese folk songs and watch Portuguese accustomed dances in colourful costumes.
During the Christmas period, every house in the Portuguese settlement is decorated with Christmas lightings and decorative that lights up the festive mood. A large number of visitors flock to the Portuguese Settlement during the Christmas period to enjoy the festive event with decorations that can match the likes of big cities around the world.
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- Address 14, Jalan Daranjo, Perkampungan Portugis, 75050 Melaka, Malaysia