Good music, natural setting and a unique festival-goer-friendly atmosphere. Are you going to miss Vodafone Paredes de Coura?
The river beach of Taboão in Paredes de Coura is the venue for the festival in August. From memorable performances to friends meeting up again, not to mention the contact with nature, the festival has brought international fame to this small town in the Minho region, which is now a holiday destination of choice for many who visit it.
For four days you can watch the action of various bands, mostly from the alternative scene, which promise a festival packed with entertainment. In addition to the scheduled shows, there will be surprise concerts in certain points of the town with artists performing at the festival, the Vodafone Music Sessions.
Known as much for the music as the environment around it, the festival of Paredes de Coura will once again count on its already legendary camping area. Within it there will be also an area for all the fans of glamping. For anyone who wants to enjoy the festival to the full, and to be at its very heart, the best option is to buy a ticket that gives access to the camp site.
Paredes has been held every year for 25 years and has been growing in size; today it is considered one of the most beautiful summer festivals in Portugal, and without doubt it is one of the biggest in the Porto and the North region. In 2005, the Spanish edition of Rolling Stone magazine reported it as being one of the five best summer festivals in Europe and it has often been nominated for awards such as: Best Major Festival in the Europe Festival Awards and as Artists’ Favourite Festival.
Its magnificent natural amphitheatre on the banks of the River Coura provides an iconic landscape for the musicians and spectators alike, which leaves no-one indifferent and everyone swearing to come back.
Paredes de Coura is a Portuguese village in Viana do Castelo district, full of history and of extraordinary beauty, today famous for its big summer festival, but that has been the center of military operations during the restoration war of the seventeenth century and presents an archaeological and natural heritage of extraordinary beauty.
Its picturesque streets, the chapels of the Holy Spirit and Our Lady of the Conception, the Town Hall building, the Miguel Dantas Palace, the various Minho solars and manor houses, as well as the crystal clear waters of the river Coura and many others monuments that make this town an ex-libris of mandatory stop.
√ Go for a swim in the river Coura
√ Climb to the Corno de Bico
√ Eat the typical honey soup in Bico Village
√ Enjoy a day at the river beach of Taboão
√ Do the Pastor Rail and enjoy the magnificent views over the valleys of Minho and Coura
√ Visit the Eira Comunitária in Porreiras Village, which is perfectly embedded in the green and rural architecture of the area
√ Taste the lamprey rice from the Minho River
√ Take a walk to the Santuary of Our Lady of Pena
√ Take a picture at the Alto de Castro Viewpoint
√ Visit the Village Cultural Center
√ Listen and dance to the Minho traditional songs during the local popular festivities