Celebrating its 19th edition this summer and planning a typically huge blaze of pop music, EDM, techno and spectacular visual shows to mark the occasion, Sudoeste's immense reputation is set to break the gauges with yet another edition of its peerless summer festival.
Nestled in the breathtaking landscape of one of Portugal's coastal national parks, the biggest festival in the country combines the best of the international electronic world with select artists from other genres, adding up to a four-day festival that's a cut above the rest in its own national context.
2015 will see the vibrancy of Calvin Harris, Showtek and Jimmy P, as more than 30,000 people will head for a camping experience that lasts much longer than just the length of the festival itself.
Herdade da Casa Branca is a beautiful, white-washed ranch near Portugal’s south-west coast. Located within the The Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentenajo e Costa Vicentina (PNSACV) which spans the Alentejo and Algarve regions, the MEO Sudoeste site has open countryside in all directions, and the seaside town of Zambujeira do Mar very close by.
BY PLANE: The two nearest airports to MEO Sudoeste festival are Faro to the south of the festival, and Lisbon to the north. From Lisbon, Porto and Braga you can travel directly to the festival site via Rede Expressos buses, which run on each day of the festival. However the jounry from Faro is both longer and more complex. If you are landing at Faro, firstly take an EVA coach to Faro train station before boarding a CP train to Santa Clara-Saboia. Once there, you will need to take a taxi onto the festival site which will cost around €25.
BY TRAIN: Funcheira, the nearest railway station to the festival is served by Regional, Intercity and Alfa trains departing daily from Lisbon's Gare do Oriente station towards Faro.
BY CAR: Anyone travelling by car should head towards Odemira and then follow signs to Porto Covo and Vila Nova de Milfontes. Arriving in Vila Nova de Milfontes, continue on until you see a signpost for for Cabo Sardão, where you should turn right. Carry on along here for around 2km before taking a left onto Zambujeira, and then after 5km, you should find the festival on your left.
Yes, there will be cash machines onsite, available near the campsite from 1st August until the end of the festival. A fee will be charged to use the machines, though, so consider taking money with you.
Yes you can bring your own food onto the festival campsite, however no glass containers are permitted.
Don't expect MEO Sudoeste to last for just five nights, because many in fact stay for over a week, treating the campsite almost like a summer camp - a place to party and meet people from all over the world.
If you ever fancy making the trip into the local town for a dose of shopping, bathing on the beaches, or just to simply get away from it all, then the festival will be running free shuttle buses between the town and the festival site.