As the summer is getting closer, so is the festival period. With so many great festival around Europe, festival passes and plane tickets must be booked soon. This is how my summer started out last year: Take a few of my favorite bands, a beautiful beach, a handful of good friends and cold beer – and you have the perfect festival experience. A weekend of music at the Super Rock Super Bock festival at Meco, Portugal, was the perfect kickoff to a fun holiday. One of the great advantages with the festival is the proximity to the beach, and the possibility to spend the day recovering there and taking refreshing baths during the day.

Super Bock Super Rock (SBSR) is one of the biggest music festivals in Portugal, and is located just an hour outside of Lisbon. The lineup for 2011 include Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Portishead, Brandon Flower and The Kooks. Sure many of these bands can be seen at other festivals this summer, but which other festival combines such a great lineup with sun and beautiful beaches?

Like at most festivals, Dixie toilets, provisional showers and camping, combined with a dusty ground makes it difficult to stay as clean and fresh as you normally do. This is when the beach comes in handy, a fresh bath in the sea followed by a shower saves the day. Not to mention the miracles some lazy hours in the sun and a bath does for your energy level after a couple of heavy nights.

This year the festival will be taking place from the 14th to the 16th of July. For more information check the SBSR website.

To which festivals are you going this summer?


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

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