A summer spectacle on the Portuguese coast
MEO Sudoeste is a huge summer festival held each year in the coastal town of Zambujera do Mar, Portugal.
With a lineup that unites superstar DJs and rap royalty, as well as a selection of reggae, pop, rock and indie, the festival is a perfect party to celebrate the height of summer.
Now in its third decade, having hosted the very first edition back in 1997, MEO Sudoeste has deservedly become one of the most eagerly anticipated Portuguese festivals every year.
The festival takes place in the coastal town of Zambujeira do Mar, close to the region's beautiful Atlantic coast.
Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal
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.
Anyone aged over 6 can attend the festival. Those aged 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult and both must be ticket-holders, with 6-10 year olds entitled to a half-price ticket.
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