Our Most Stunning Photos of Boom Festival, Portugal

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In 2016, we went to our first festival outside of the UK (the first of many more to come) and, we’ve finally had a chance to go through the hundreds of photos we took during the week.

Boom Festival is a biennial psychedelic music and arts festival in Portugal. It usually takes place during the full moon at the end of July or early August.

We were incredibly lucky to be at this festival with a wonderful group of friends. If you’ve never been before then hopefully you’ll be tempted after this post.

These are our favourite photos from the festival.

Lake Idanha-a-Nova provides a beautiful setting for the festival

The beautiful setting of Boom Festival 2016, with Lake Idanha-a-Nov as its backdrop

The beautiful setting of Boom Festival 2016, with Lake Idanha-a-Nova as its backdrop

The psychedelic art, colours, and attention to detail were incredible

Such colourful and beautiful attention to detail, all around the Boom Festival site

Everywhere we turned, there was such colourful, beautiful, and thoughtful attention to detail, all around the Festival site

Related: Find out how we got to Boom Festival

After some glorious sunsets…

Every day we had an absolute treat with these sunsets

Every day we had an absolute treat with these beautiful sunsets over Lake Idanha-a-Nova

Related: How to keep your valuables safe at music festivals

…Boom Festival was a completely different world at night

This festival is a 24-hour event, the music at the main stages goes on all night. Just wandering around after dark, the sights and sounds were just as immersive and so much more fun (and of course, easier to enjoy without the blistering heat!)


Related: How to keep your phone and camera fully charged at a festival

Shamanism played a central role

Shamanism was the theme of the 2016 festival. This art installation was near the central plaza and main music stage and was a great meeting point.

Shamanism was a central theme of Boom Festival in 2016, this incredible art installation watched over the festival

Shamanism was a central theme of Boom Festival in 2016, this incredible art installation watched over everyone

Are you planning to go to Boom Festival in 2018, if so, let us know by leaving a comment below? Hope to see you all there!


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  • Wow this looks really cool and trips at the same time! I really like the giant Shaman. I have never heard of this, thank you for sharing!

  • Portugal looks beautiful. Looking toward to be there some day.

  • Portugal is one of my favorite countries, so I know that I would love this festival. I’m sure it’s a crazy experience with the summer heat in Portugal.

    • Yes, it’s very hot but a lot of the festival takes place under shade, and the lake helps – a lot! We love Portugal as well, we only went to go to this festival and ended up seeing most of the country during the same trip 🙂

  • You are opening a whole new world to me. I had never heard of this festival before but it looks so amazing! xx corinne

  • What a gorgeous location for a festival. You captured so many amazing and colorful photos of the event!

  • That’s a really colorful festival! The installations are so majestic!

  • Such bright and vibrant photos. Looks like you had a great time!

  • What an experience it looks likes. Love the night shots and the sunset was just awesome. I’m sure you guys will be back.

  • Never been to such a festival but indeed after seeing your photos I am really tempted. Portugal is on my travel list next year, so why not coming to the festival next year? I’d like to meet some of bloggers there too. 🙂

  • The festival there looks like it was incredible. Quite the place to go to. And I know that Portugal is amazing. I had a person I dated whose family was from there. She showed me pictures and it was amazing. I do hope to go there sometime.

  • I would love to go to this. It looks incredible. Were there any old people there, because I feel like I won’t get the chance to go until I’m like 40 or 50…

  • You really did get some great pictures. I know a couple who went to Portugal and loved it. Maybe someday we’ll get there. 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! What a beautiful festival! It reminds me a little of burning man.

  • This looked like a beautiful festival. Lucky you.

  • I have never been to the Boom festival before and I am very intrigued by your photos. I gotta add this event to my to do list.

  • This looks like such an exciting festival.. and oh that sunset! That must be quite a sight to see in person.

  • I actually found your website because Im searching info about BOOM, since me and my friends accomplished to buy the tickets for 2018. 😉
    Im from Brazil. We are trying to decide between staying and camping at boom site or finding somewhere to sleep nearby.
    Could you tell me how was it, to camp there? Did you guys make anything to eat using the communitary kitchen or did u buy everything there?
    I take every information u can give haha
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Marilia! Thanks for commenting. For camping, it was fine – try to get there early to camp in the shade as it will be very hot. For food, we mostly bought food from the food vendors and some stuff from the supermarket (which is inside the Festival). We didn’t really use the community cooking areas although we saw other people using them. You’re not allowed to use camping stoves as it’s dangerous (the ground is very dry) – hope that helps! Have a good Boom!