10 Best Summer Music Festivals In Portugal 2018

1. Rock in Rio Lisboa 2018

Rock in Rio is one of the biggest festivals in the world and this year it’s coming back to Portugal (this only happens every two years). Headlining the festival are Bruno Mars (tickets already sold out), MUSE, The Killers and Katy Perry.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 23/24-29/30 June📍 Lisbon     🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

2. Nos Alive 2018

This is one of the most famous festivals in Portugal. Its proximity to Lisbon and the big names it consistently brings on stage have contributed to making it so popular. Pearl Jam, Queens of Stone Age and Artic Monkeys are some of the bands playing this year.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 7 to 9 July 📍 Passeio Marítimo de Algés   🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

3. Super Bock Super Rock 2018

This festival has changed location a few times but, nonetheless, it’s still one of the most popular festivals in Portugal mainly for hosting some of the biggest rock stars in the world.  This year they will be hosting a more eclectic mix of musical styles and bands like The XX,  Justice, Travis Scott and Julian Casablancas & the Voidz.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 19 to 21 July 📍 Lisbon     🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

4. Boom Festival 2018

Boom Festival is the biggest psytrance festival in the world. It features live music performances and a broad variety of visual art exhibits. It happens bi-annually, during August’s full moon, in Idanha-a-Nova and although it’s been sold out for ages now, you can either try to get tickets through other means a.k.a forums and facebook groups or just start planning for the next one.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 22 to 29 July 📍 Idanha-a-Nova     🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

5. MEO Sudoeste 2018

MEO Sudoeste is one of the biggest Portuguese summer festivals and it happens in the coastal town of Zambujeira do Mar, in Alentejo. Electronic music is the Queen at this festival but worry not, if this is not your style there are always other types of music being played on the different stages around the festival. J Balvin, Hardwell, Marshmello and Shawn Mendes are some of the artists performing this year.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 7 to 11 August 📍 Zambujeira do Mar     🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

6. Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2018

It’s all the way up north, by Praia do Taboão in Paredes de Coura, that one of the biggest festivals, together with NOS ALIVE and Sudoeste, takes place. This festival is known for bringing into the limelight bands on the brink of worldwide success. This year Big Thief, Fleet Foxes, Skepta and Arcade Fire are the headliners at the festival.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 15 to 18 August 📍 Paredes de Coura     🛏 Where to Stay  🎟 Tickets

7. Vilar de Mouros 2018

Vilar de Mouros is the oldest rock festival in Portugal and it’s still one of the cheapest to attend, €70 for three days. It happens in Caminha, northwestern Portugal, and it was organized for the first time in 1965. When it was first launched, Portugal was still under a dictatorship regime so the government police would walk around the venue compiling the names of the forbidden songs being played.  Elton John, U2, Neil Young, Ben Harper have all played in Vilar de Mouros. This year you can see Human League, The Pretenders, Los Lobos and Public Image Limited.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 23 to 25 August 📍 Vilar de Mouros     🛏 Where to Stay   🎟 Tickets

8. NOS Primavera Sound 2018

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, LORDE, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator are just some of the artists and bands performing at NOS Primavera Sound.  This eclectic and alternative music festival takes place in Porto’s urban park and it’s the youngest sibling of a festival with the same name in Barcelona.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 7 to 9 June 📍 Porto     🛏 Where to Stay   🎟 Tickets

Festivals Starting to Get Noticed

9. Sumol Summer Fest

Joey Bada$$, French Montana, Vic Mensa will be taking the stage in Ericeira, a beach and surf destination where famous hip-hop names converge for a two-night festival. You can buy a two-day pass with camping included.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 6 to 7 July 📍 Ericeira     🛏 Where to Stay   🎟 Tickets

10. Meo Marés Vivas

David Guetta, Rita Ora, LP, Goo Goo Dolls, Joss Stone, Jamiroquai and many more artists will be bringing the house down with incredible performances at this urban festival located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto.

🎼 Line-up 🗓 20 to 22 July 📍Vila Nova de Gaia     🛏 Where to Stay   🎟 Tickets


Looking for something different?

¤ Check out the best music festivals you won’t want to miss this summer!

¤ Make the best of your trip to Portugal by booking some of these tours.

¤ Book a mini break in Alentejo and sleep inside a convent

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Top 10 Best Tours, Excursions and Activities in Lisbon

I’ve recently travelled to Rome and since I was only staying for a few days I wanted to avoid wasting any time queuing to get into the main touristic spots. While researching for tickets online I ended up discovering the best app from where to buy skip-the-line tickets. No queues, no endless waiting in the cold. As soon as I returned to Portugal I started looking for a similar service in Portugal, and there it was. The same service I used in Italy. An app and website dedicated to selling tickets for Portuguese tours, excursions and activities.

Check out the 10 top tours recommended in every guide about Lisbon now accessible at the tip of your fingers. Most of the tickets can be cancelled in the 24h before the trip, also, after buying the tickets on your phone, all you’ll have to worry is showing up since your phone voucher is usually enough.

  1. Book a private airport transfer for only €18.50

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Start your holiday hassle free with this private transfer.  This is a 45-minute service (usually you can get everywhere in Lisbon in 20m), the car can fit up to 3 people and there’s also have a bigger car available if you’re travelling with a bigger group. Book your private driver here.

2. Take an exciting walking and tram tour through Lisbon’s iconic neighbourhoods for €18

 

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Take a tour through Lisbon’s most famous and historic neighbourhoods. The tour starts in Bairro Alto and lasts 3-hours, you will walk and also take one of the famous city trams. Tickets for the Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle can be bought here.

3. No sweat tour around Lisbon with an electric bike for €35

 

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Discover the city of 7 hills at the “helm” of an electric bike. Cruise with comfort around Lisbon’s hilly neighbourhoods and have fun discovering the city. You can book your ticket for Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike here. There’s also a tour on a sitting down segway if you prefer something even more relaxing.

4. Sail in Tagus River on your own private boat for €35

 

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Relax in the Tagus river with a drink while your skipper tells you all about Lisbon’s history. You might even get the chance to direct the boat and trim the sails under the careful guidance of your guide. This is a 2-hour tour, and it’s €35 person. Book your ticket here.

5. Ticket and Skip-the-line in the Pena Palace for €11.50

 

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Skip the lines and discover one of the best-preserved medieval royal residences in the world, Palácio da Pena, which stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains. “The palace is a hedonistic mix of vividly painted terraces, decorative battlements and mythological statues, all of which stand in stark contrast to the lush greens of the forests that encircle Pena.” Reserve your tickets now.

6. Sintra: Wine Tasting Tour, Regaleira & Monserrate Experience for €34.50

 

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If you’re visiting Lisbon for a few days you should definitely take a day to visit Sintra and enjoy its many wonders. Included in this tours price is the hotel pick up, skip the line tickets, a guide who can speak your language and a visit to a wine cellar, where you’ll get the chance to do some wine tasting. You will also be taken to one of the most emblematic parks of Sintra: the enigmatic Quinta da Regaleira with its wonderful lakes, caves and gardens. All combined you can buy this tour for €34.50. Interested? You can buy it here.

7. Tasting Lisbon Flavours During an Evening Walk Tour for €84

 

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Get out of the beaten track with this culinary journey around Lisbon’s most typical neighbourhoods. Sample delicious Portuguese specialities when you buy your Lisbon: 4-Hour Culinary Evening Walk.

8. Discover Some of the Best Street Art in Lisbon for €34

 

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Take a private guided tour around Lisbon and discover today’s most innovative urban street artists. See graffiti and sophisticated murals, and look at some of the best street art in Europe. Book your tour here.

9. Pub and VIP Club Tour for €15 

 

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Make friends while taking part in one of the biggest pub crawls in Lisbon. Party at some of the city’s best bars and clubs, skip the long lines to all venues and enjoy the free drinks. A local guide will take you on a 5 hours trip you will never forget. This experience includes a 1-hour open bar for beer and sangria, plus drinking games and entry to clubs and bars. Reserve your tour here.

10. Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon for €64

 

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23 Concerts You Must See in Lisbon 2018

Concerts in Lisbon 2018

Here is a list of some of the best concerts happening in Lisbon this year.

February 2018

1 February – Metallica Wordwired Tour (they seem to be sold out but you can still try and check OLX for last minute tickets)

3 February – Black Mamba (you can buy your ticket here)

March 2018

8 March – Nick Kershaw (you can buy your ticket here)

22 March – Bob Dylan and His Band (you can buy your ticket here)

23 March – The Script (you can buy your ticket here)

29 March – Benjamim Clementine (you can buy your ticket here)

30 March – Machine Head (buy your ticket here)

April 2018

10 April – 30 Seconds to Mars (find tickets here)

23 April – Arcade Fire (find tickets here)

27 April – Marylin Manson (find tickets here)

May 2018

12 May – Niall Horan from One Direction (buy your ticket here)

18 May – Sam Smith (tickets can be purchased here)

20 and 21 May – Pink Floyd Roger Waters Us + Them (tickets can be purchased here)

20 May – The Jesus and Mary Chain (tickets available here)

30 May – Enrique Iglesias (tickets here)

June 2018

19 June – LCD Soundsystem (your tickets can be bought here)

28 June – Shakira (tickets here)

July 2018

1 July – Leny Kravitz Raise Vibration Tour (tickets can be bought here)

2 July – Ozzy Osbourne (get your ticket here)

13 July – Iron Maiden – Legacy of the Beast (tickets can be found here)

September 2018

16 and 17 September – U2 Experience + Innocence Tour (tickets for the 1st day are sold out you can still get tickets for 17th September – Tickets will go on sale 2nd February here)

29 September – Status Quo (tickets can be bought here)

October 2018

2 October – José González (buy your tickets here)

 

Podence – A Carnival like you’ve never seen

A Carnival party you will either love or hate

Deep in the North of Portugal, traditions are still being kept and this is one of the oldest. From 10th to 13th February, some of the bachelors of Podence, also known as the Caretos of Podence, take over the village and distribute mischieve everywhere they go. If you want to discover one of Portugal’s oldest traditions this really is a party you should try to be part of.

10 facts you didn’t know about Caretos of Podence

1. This is a Celtic tradition which has been going for hundreds of years.

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2. Caretos usually appear when you least expect.

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3. They walk in groups.

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4. They’re totally unpredictable.

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5. They whistle and shake their bell rattles while they spread mayhem around the village.

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6. “Robbing” people’s wineries, tricking the unsuspected, shaking single girls, are some of the things they love to do.

7. In the past, Caretos would throw ash and manure to people as well as whip people with pig bladders but don’t worry, these days they are very tame.

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8. Their faces are a representation of the devil.

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9. At the end of the three days, two giant effigies will go up in flames, not before the “marriages” between some of the single people in the village.

10. Back in the day, Caretos would break down doors in order to get to the single girls and shake them. Single girls would either have to hide or dress as matrafonas the only people exempt from the Caretos passion.

Where to stay:

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Casa do Avô César: A rustic and comfy accommodation a mere 10 km away from Podence.

 

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Casas de Campo da Quinta Entre os Rios: You can instead choose to stay in a traditional house in Mirandela, a city known for its cuisine (try the alheiras), and beautiful landscapes.

 

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Quinta Rota d’Oliveira: Stay in the countryside, in a 17-century house, completely renovated, and with the most idyllic views around you.

More info:

Discover the whole party program here.

 

Carnival in Loulé, a party you can’t miss

A Carnival celebration with 100 years of history

If you thought the real Carnival experience only happened in Brazil, then you’re in for a surprise if you end up visiting Portugal this time of the year. It’s been more than 300 years since we took this tradition to Brazil and we’re still proud to host one of the most brilliant, fun and crazy Carnival parties in Europe. Carnival, also known as Entrudo in Portugal, is a pagan festival which is always celebrated in Portugal on a Tuesday, 47 days before Easter Sunday. It marks the beginning of forty days of fasting, just before Easter. In the past, people would get together and have large feasts with lots of meat which wasn’t allowed by the Catholic church during Lent. Nowadays, this is an opportunity to dress up, dance like crazy, play pranks and eat and drink with your friends and family.

Carnival parade in the centre of Loulé

In Portugal, Carnival is an optional holiday and every municipality will have different ways to celebrate it. Throughout the week we will look at the different celebrations around the country. We will start with Loulé, a city in the Algarve known to throw one of the most traditional parties.

Every year, huge crowds flock to Loulé making this Carnival celebration, one of the busiest in the country. Carnival in Loulé is known for its fun social comments on society. A few years ago the Corso’s motto was Troika, with many satirical figures portraying the political context of Portugal at the time. This year, the theme will be the Web Summit and the entrepreneurial and technological world. There will be around 14 floats that will parade through the streets of Loulé, along with samba schools and the traditional Corso of Carnival. Around the city, there will be many parties and sports activities for you to join.

When is it happening?

From 11th to 13th February | Start: 3pm | Entrance: €2 | Address: Avenida José da Costa Mealha.

Where to stay

We don’t want you to miss the chance to have a unique experience in Portugal. Here are some of the hotels where you can stay if you want to come and enjoy a winter break during the Carnival celebrations. 

If you’re on a budget, you can stay at Dom Fernando II, a family run B&B, right int the centre of Loulé. It’s €180 for two people, for 4 nights, with breakfast included. If you’re travelling with a bigger group you can always rent this villa for €400, it accommodates 6 and it has a small garden where you can enjoy some much-needed vitamin D.  This villa is also very nice. The price is €600.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation right in Loulé, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.  Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for €216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only €96 for two.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation right in Loulé, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.  Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for €216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only €96 for two.

Comic Con 2017 Edition Is Back

Portugal’s biggest pop culture festival is back in Matosinhos for its 4th and last edition. Next year this event will move to Lisbon. For those unfamiliar with the festival, Comic Con celebrates the world of cinema, tv, video games, comics, cosplay, anime, manga, music and Youtube. From 14th to 17th December join the festivities at Exponor, the fair pavilion. From workshops to talks, to celebrity meet and greats, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the fabulous world of entertainment.

Ticket prices start at €18. You can buy your ticket at Comic Con’s page right here.

›Here’s a preview of what you can expect this year.

Three Amazing New Years Eve Parties In Lisbon | 2017/2018

Here are some party ideas for those thinking of spending new years eve in Lisbon.

  1. For those who like outdoor fun and fireworks: Head to Terreiro do Paço for one of the most epic new years eve in Lisbon. The line-up hasn’t been released yet but you can count on Portugal’s top musicians and amazing fireworks to help you welcome the new year. It’s free and it’s in one of Lisbon most iconic locations.

2. For those who want glamour: If you would prefer to spend new years eve surrounded by glamour this is the party for you. Prices vary depending on when you buy them, until 15th December it’s €32,50 per person with 3 drinks included. You could also book a dinner at the venue, prices start at €120 with two drinks included.

>Check out their official website. Tickets can be bought here.

3. For those who like an open bar and live music: Hard Rock Café has three different options for you. You can go before midnight and have dinner and some drinks, go for the big party and have a massive feast with an open bar or go at 11pm, spend midnight at the bar and enjoy the party until 4am.

>Check out your options on their ticket selling page.