Every summer, you can enjoy two of Europe’s top music fesitvals on the Alentejo coast. The otherwise missable town of Sines hosts Portugal’s biggest festivals of world music every July. The Festival Músicas do Mundo (wfmm.com.pt) has taken place annually since 1999, with a main stage alongside the town castle and other events held at the beach or the Arts Centre. Folk, traditional sounds and jazz predominate and recent acts have included American jazz trio The Bad Plus, Mali singer Oumou Sangaré and Bilan from Cape Verde. Day-tickets are a modest €15 or so.
Just down the coast at Zambujeira do Mar is the Festival Sudoeste (wswtmn.com), usually held in mid-August. An annual event since 1997, the festival turns this sleepy coastal resort into a mecca for up to 30,000 music lovers. Three stages are set up for four days of concerts which, in recent years, have included sets by the likes of The Prodigy, Madness, Jessie J and the Ting Tings. One of the stages is dedicated to reggae. Camping is free on the site during the four days, or you can buy a day-ticket which is usually around €50.