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PORTUGAL

Portugal's Festival Season

June-September

 

Official Langauge

Portuguese

 

Currency

Euro (€)

 

Timezone

GMT + 1

 

Useful Phrase

Gostaria de uma cerveja - I'd like a beer

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN PORTUGAL

What to expect from the Portuguese music festival scene.

Portugal has plenty to offer festival-goers with a diverse musical taste. The long warm summers mean that the season starts in May and extends all the way to the end of September.

For techno lovers, NEOPOP festival in Viana Do Castelo brings the creme de la creme of techno artists to play over a 4-day period. Waking Life is garnering a reputation as one of the finest boutique events in Europe with its Burning Man feel on a more intimate scale.

Nova Batida is Lisbon's most intriguing new festivity by including many genres on the program as well as offering street art, yoga, and much more.

PORTUGAL AS A DESTINATION

A country steeped in the history of a once-mighty colonial power. The naturally rugged landscape of Portugal is a reflection of those fearless seagoing explorers. Portugal portrays the beauty of this faded history in its cities and towns as you can easily give into exploring the wonder of their medieval streets and alleyways.

 

Its coastline is the last frontier before the vast expanse of the Atlantic ocean, and the sea shapes much of its culture. From the melancholic fado music about everyday life to the diversity of seafood in their culinary dishes. Stretches of coastline such as the Algarve are just begging to be explored.

UNIQUE PORTUGUESE EXPERIENCES

Nazare Surfers

Nazare is world-renowned as the spot for big wave surfers. Watching these daredevils ride mountains of water is a unique experience you won't get anywhere else.

Douro Valley

Home of the world-famous port wine. The Douro Valley has been producing these fortified wines for centuries and still use many of the traditional methods of productions. It is a fabulously beautiful area that is begging to be explored.

POPULAR MUSICAL GENRES & ARTISTS

Portugal features two traditional genres on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. Namely Fado and Cante Alentejano with the formers most well-known star being Amália Rodrigues.

 

More recently the emergence of the electronic scene has delivered a creative burst within Portugal's musical community.

Electronic

Since Rui Da Silva went number 1 in the UK with 'Touch Me' electronic music has had a significant platform in Portugal. Scores of producers followed in his footsteps after that famous 2001 summertime anthem.

Hip Hop

Acts like Sam The Kid and Da Weasel have grown in popularity by fusing hip-hop with reggae/ska to appeal to the mainstream Portuguese audience.

Kuduro

Kuduro is a type of uptempo electronic music originally started in Angola. Characterised by a rapid 4/4 tempo with added techno elements and lyrics (typically in Portuguese).