Porto's alternative idyll
Part of the hugely revered European festival family, NOS Primavera Sound is the annual Portuguese outing for the brand, taking place each June in the city of Porto.
Similarly committed to musical diversity and forward-thinking curation as its Barcelona-based older sibling, the festival's lineup comprises indie and alternative favourites, stars of hip-hop, and a selection of electronic music's underground heroes.
And while the atmosphere and fanbase are also very similar to that of the Spanish flagship, one point where the Porto edition arguably comes out on top is the setting: a beautiful green and scenic park in the heart of one of Europe's most underrated cities.
Porto's Parque da Cidade is Portugal's largest urban park, and has been the home to NOS Primavera Sound since its beginning back in 2012.
Parque da Cidade, Porto, Portugal
BY PLANE: Porto's international airport is called Francisco de Sá Carneiro, and is approximately a 45 minute journey away from the festival site. To reach the site from here, take Metro Line E south until Senhora da Hora, then change onto Line A till Parque Real. Once here, follow the signs to the festival.
BY TRAIN: The city's main station for national and international services is Campanhã, which is again 45 minutes from the festival. If you're arriving into Campanhã, take either Metro Line B or C until Senhora da Hora before changing onto Line A to take you onto Parque Real. Once here, follow the signs to the festival.
BY BUS: The festival has published a list of buses that you can use to reach the festival site. They are:
200: Bolhão - Pr. Cidade Salvador, between 6pm and 9pm
202: Lóios - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Castelo do Queijo
203: Marquês - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Castelo do Queijo
205: Campanhã - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
500: Loios - Matosinhos (Mercado), exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
501: Sá da Bandeira - Matosinhos (Praia), exit: Matosinhos (Praia)
502: Bolhão - Matosinhos (Mercado), exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
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