Practical info

Where and When?

Festança is taking place in a quite isolated and magic recreation area called “Área de Lazer de Ancede e Ribadouro”, by the little clean river “Rio Ovil”, in Ancede, located in Baião municipality. It will take place from the 30th of July to the 3rd of August 2022.

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GPS coordinates:

41°06’44.3″N 8°03’48.0″W

41.112305, -8.063330

Distance: 75 km to Porto, 370 km to Lisbon, 600 km to Faro, 500 km to Madrid

How to get here?


Whether you’re an experienced hitchhiker or you have never put your thumbs up, take this challenge: hitchhike to Festança! Open up to the possibility of strangers sharing their car and bringing you here. If you never tried it, we suggest you hitchhike together with a friend – but if you feel do try it on your own.

HitchWiki is the online collaborative hitchhiking bible! Read this text about the first time and these top tipsCheck HitchWiki’s page about how to get to Ancede, with all the steps.

You can also download the free app “My hitchhiking spots” .

Some additional tips: Coming from most places in Portugal, specially located at the portuguese coast, we recommend you to pass by Porto. The region can be a little tricky because of the big number of highways and its possible destinations – but you might find a lot of friendly people and loads of cars. If you are in Porto, and want complete info about how to hitch from here to any point, just check this hitchwiki’s page and check the towards east section. In any case, you can use the gas station hitchspot “Área de Serviço de Águas Santas”, in the A4 (it is possible to take the train to “Águas Santas/Palmilheira” and then walk for 15 minutes). There you can take a ride until Marco de Canaveses exit, and then thumb towards Baião and to Festança.

If you have any problems, questions or suggestions, please share them with the community on the event page or in the group “Hitchhiking in Portugal”.

By public transport

The most comfortable way of reaching Festança using public transport is by train.

Once in Porto, use São Bento or Campanhã train stations, direction to Régua (“linha do Douro”), and leave the train at Mosteirô.

Mosteirô train station is only 5km away from Festança. This distance can be completed by foot, hitchhiking, or with the shuttle transport that will connect it to Festança. More info about this subject soon on this page.

By car

If you come by car, try to fill up your seats. Let the others know about your trip in the facebook event  and keep your eyes wide open to any hitchhikers in gas stations or on the side of the road. Everybody will be happy!

If you are using the highway (paid) option, you want to take the A4 if you are coming from Porto, or to take the A41 if you are coming from Lisbon in order to reach the A4, direction Vila Real. Once in the A4, you take the exit 14 to Marco de Canaveses,  taking the national road N211. After passing Marco de Canaveses, you want to follow the road direction to Baião, but before reacing it you turn right on a plate saying “Lameirão, Grilo and Centro Hípico”. Right after turning go right and then left after a few meters. Go all the way down that road (M582) until you join the national road N321. It’s about 6km. Once you’re there take the road to the right for 1km, until you find another cross road. There you turn left (follow a plate called “Mosteiro de Ancede”), keeping on the N321. Keep going for about a little bit more than 3km, and now, attention, after a small curve to the left you will find a very tight small curve to the right (there’s a plate with “Área de Lazer”). It’s a great sign, you are finally at Festança! 

If you are not using the highway, the only difference is that once in Porto, you take A4 only until the way out “Ermesinde” (where the tolls start). You will then find a roundabout, where you will take the 1st right, road N15.  You will go all the way to Penafiel (something about 30 km). Once in Penafiel you keep on the N15 until you find a roundabout where you will turn right to Marco de Canaveses. Once there, just follow the same instructions given up for the highway.

By bike

If you are coming by bike or if you want to add some adventure to your coming to Festança, you can use this bike maps platform, which will help you to sketch one way to the festival. You and your bike are more than welcome!

What to bring?

At Festança you will be able to camp, so bring all the necessary stuff if you are planning so, and enjoy a good time with your friends and many other knowledgeable people from this world! 

A small check-list:

  • Tent, mattress and sleeping bag. Water bottle. Summer clothes, warm clothes (it might be cool at night) and rain vest.
  • Music instruments, juggling material, slack-line, games, blankets, tarps…
  • If you a dog, please bring a leash, in case you need to take care of him (sometimes there will be noise around and kids, so your companion might need your protection)
  • Money. For the entrance contribution and for the food, drinks or crafts.
  • Please avoid bringing any disposable objects, synthetic soaps or detergents, as Festança’s policy is strongly ecological. Bring your natural soap instead, or buy any like products at the festival’s eco market.

What to find?

At Festança there is a:

Welcome and Info area, where you should go as you arrive
Community Kitchen, which serves two daily meals at a fair price, cooked by volunteers
Van Camping area, where you will enjoy plenty of shade, drinking water from the source, and camping facilities
Camping area, with toilets and showers
Clean river, where you can refresh yourself and spend a lot of chilling moments
Chillout area, where you can jam, leave your own instruments for others to play, try new instruments, and rest!
Bar, with local craft beer, local wine, cold infusions with local plants and other non-alcoholic drinks
Freeshop, where you can leave things you no longer need, and take things you want
Handicrafts/Food Market where you can find very fine quality food and crafts, many of them made locally
Kids/Family area where small and big people can share moments and activities
Art Workshop area where you can express freely
Fire performances and juggling throughout the festival area
Concert stage
Presentations and Workshops area
Therapies and Group dynamics area
Art Exhibitions area all over the festival area
Rest area, where you can enjoy a meal or a talk in community
Community spirit, for sharing knowledge and skills

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