Get amongst it
There are hundreds of festivals throughout the year in Portugal, from local village fiestas to 3-day music festivals featuring international acts. Generally, music festivals will have official campsites that require booking, but many of the less formal festivals will have free or very cheap camping nearby.
Festas de Lisboa - June 12-13th
The highlight of Festas de Lisboa happens on the night of 12-13th June. All the action happens on the streets of Chiado and Barrio Alto, with pop-up bars and street music everywhere all night long.
It’s definitely not to be missed!
Nos alive - July 13-14th
Nos Alive is probably the most exciting festival in the whole of Portugal, taking place from the 13th – 14th July. It has a stunning location in town on the banks of the Tagus and boasts incredible headline acts. There is limited free camping nearby and the festival campsite is up the hill.
If you can’t visit Brazil during Carnaval (and plan on being in Europe), then head over to Portugal. The entire country comes alive with street parties.
Torres Vedras is generally considered to be the best but all of the towns join in with lots of dressing up and drinking.
Porto, June 7 to 5
Nos Primaveira is the sister to the famed Barcelona festival, but with a more chilled vibe. From 7th to 9th June, you’ll see international Indie bands descend on the stunning site.
Ericeira, July 6-7th
This festival takes place on July 6th and 7th and celebrates hip-hop and reggae with a chilled vibe. There’s a nearby skate park to enjoy, and it is set in the middle of the world's first surfing reserve.
Óbidos, July 16 to August 6
When: The 2017 Mercado Medieval in Óbidos is held from the 13th July to the 6th August.
Set in the fantastic surrounds of Obidos castle it involves lots of fancy dress and, of course, copious drinking and feasting. Great fun for all the family.
The 23rd of February to the first week of March sees historic Obidos stage a family friendly Chocolate festival… delicious! Remember, it can be a little chilly so it might be worth wrapping up for this one.
Alentejo, August 7 to 11
The 7th to the 11th of August sees an invasion on the normally quiet Alentejo coast near Odemira. It’s one of the biggest Dance festivals in Portugal, and can keep going for up to 5 days of non-stop partying.