The heat comes accompanied by sun, beach and many music festivals. In Portugal, the range of offerings with regard to summer festivals is diverse with several music genres. This variety is complemented by the regional traditions and monuments where these music festivals take place. From the capital to the most northerly region of the country, passing through the Alentejo coast, there is much to choose from and explore.

Lisboa – NOS Alive

NOS Alive is one of the most anticipated festivals in Portugal, attracting thousands of people to the

It is one of the most anticipated festivals every year in Portugal, attracting thousands of people to the capital from the 11th-13th of July. A festival that convinces you to come back, year after year.

While you’re in Lisbon, you might as well take advantage of the number of things to do there. The Underdogs Gallery, located in the neighbourhood of Marvila, is an alternative space featuring a new artist each month. Perfect for listening to new sounds and fresh talent. 

You can also discover the Moura Fence, the oldest wall in Lisbon. All of this, without forgetting to mention the wonderful Pastéis de Belém, as well as the many restaurant options Lisbon has to offer.

Meco/ Sesimbra- Super Bock Super Rock 

Super Bock Super Rock is a summer music festival held annually in July. It has been running since 1995 and is currently one of the most important festivals in Portugal. It began at the Gare Marítima de Alcântara in Lisbon  but between 2010 – 2014, the festival was held at Meco, in Sesimbra, which gave the city festival a new and relaxed image. In 2015, the festival returned to Lisbon at the Parque das Nações. In the year in which the 25th edition of the Super Bock Super is celebrated, it returns to the idyllic setting next to Meco beach. Definitely one to not miss!

Vila Nova de Gaia – MEO Marés Vivas

In Vila Nova de Gaia we find the MEO Marés Vivas festival, which goes from July the 19th – 21st, right by the sea. Vila Nova de Gaia is known for its great location by the beach, representing one of the main tourist attractions during the summer.

While you’re nearby, you might as well hop on a cruise along the river Douro. The perfect activity to consider when you are yearning to embrace the beautiful scenery that Porto has to offer. Don’t forget to visit one of Porto’s wine cellars, emblematic symbols of Vila Nova de Gaia.

Parque dos Poetas e Jardins do Marquês de Pombal (Oeiras) – EDP Cool Jazz

EDP Cool Jazz Festival is one of the few festivals where they predominant play Jazz, Blues, Soul and Funk. Taking place between the 9th – 31st of July,  in two places, at the Poetas Park and Marquês de Pombal Gardens.

Zambujeira do Mar – MEO SUDOESTE

Further south on the Alentejo coast lies Zambujeira do Mar, where you’ll find one of the youngest festivals in Portugal, MEO Sudoeste. This festival takes place from the 6th-10th of August, nestled in the heart of nature which therefore presents itself as a unique experience.

Take the opportunity to discover this region of Alentejo, with stunning beaches, delicious delicacies and many adventures through untouched beaches and the breathtaking natural landscapes. 

While you’re there, there are various authentic restaurants that will make your mouth water and your tummies rumble. The local specialities such as rice and cataplana (anglerfish) and açorda de rovas or arroz de lingueirão are a must try!