Costa Festival Portugal
1 – 7 October 2024
We are delighted to be returning to the extremely popular 5* Grande Real Hotel on the stunning Portuguese Algarve coast, for the Costa Festival 2024. Our amazing line-up includes; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Fairport Convention, Midge Ure, The Wilson Family, Thea Gilmore, Ranagri, O'Hooley & Tidow, Mark Radcliffe & David Boardman and many more.
Set within beautifully landscaped gardens, the Grande Real Hotel boasts one of the most desirable locations in Albufeira, with stunning sea views overlooking the pristine Santa Eulalia beach. This resort offers a huge range of facilities that cover everything you need for a perfect festival holiday. Rest assured, there will be wall-to-wall music, dancing, laughter and plenty of great food and drink.
With both indoor and outdoor venues and plenty of options for impromptu activities there is very little time for sleep during Costa festival week. Whether you are up early for Pilates with Rosie, or going to bed in the wee small hours after attending the late bar session, one thing is certain, you’ll be spoilt for choice and be so busy making new memories, that the week will be over before you know it.
From beautiful sea view suites to garden view studios, all the accommodation at the Grande Real is superbly appointed to cater for even the most discerning of traveller.
You can choose from an apartment located within the lush gardens of the complex or a comfortable room within the main Hotel building. As the festival takes place throughout the complex, wherever you choose to base yourself, you’ll not be too far away from the action. Options to extend your stay pre-festival and to stay one extra night at the end are available.
- Meet & Greet service for flights arriving/departing Faro airport with transfers to and from the 5* Grande Real Hotel and the Alfagar da Colina Aparthotel, Santa Eulalia, Albufeira on 30 September, 1, 7 and 8 October. Transfers on other dates will incur an additional charge.
- Six nights dinner bed & breakfast (Grande Real Hotel). Six nights Self-Catering with Breakfast Alfagar da Colina Aparthotel
- Wine with dinner
- Full five-day festival pass
- Festival starts at 2pm on 2 October and finishes on the night of 6 October
- Late night ceilidhs with Banter
- Ukulele workshops with Andy Webster and Tim Smithies
- Costa Ensemble with Joe Broughton and Tom Chapman
- Costa Choir with Celia Ketchell
- Club 18-80 with Simon Care
- Pilates with Rosie Clegg
- Tai Chi with Melvin Samuel
- Spoons Workshop with Pat Smith
- Open mic, busking stage, singaround and bar sessions
- Informal tune sessions
- Daily activities including watercolour painting workshops, birdwatching trips, island excursions and walking trips (extra cost applicable)
- Full time service of the Costa Festival team
Overnight stays at UK Airport Hotels + Parking can be arranged if required – contact us for more info.
You can extend your stay at the Grande Real. Stay an unlimited number of nights pre festival and one night post festival. See price grid for extra night costs.
Please contact us if you require assistance with booking your flights. An additional charge will be applied for this service.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
The Wilson Family
O'Hooley & Tidow
Mark Radcliffe & David Boardman
Gary Stewart's Graceland
Anthony John Clarke
The Lost Notes
Urban Folk Quartet
The Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa is a 5 star hotel, located in Albufeira, on the Algarve, with direct access to Santa Eulália beach.
All rooms and suites feature air conditioning, double or twin beds,direct telephone connection,Wifi Internet connection, hair dryer, satellite television,pay TV, radio, minibar, digital safe, room service 24h. In the apartments you will also find a kitchenette and fridge.
Standard Room - Land/Resort ViewMany of the standard rooms have lovely views of the gardens surrounding the Hotel and are on average 300 sq.ft. Two twin beds that can be converted to a king size on request. Sleeps maximum of 2 Adults
Standard Seaview RoomWake up with a view of Santa Eulalia beach and the sound of the sea in one of the 54 standard sea view rooms at the Grande Real Hotel. Each room is on average 300 sq.ft and features two twin beds that can convert to a king size on request. Sleeps maximum of 2 Adults
Standard SuiteCovering an area of 581 sq.ft the spacious suites at the Grande Real offer the convenience of a separate living room with sofa that can be converted to a third bed. An internal door between the rooms provides additional privacy.
Two bathrooms, and two separate balcony areas make sharing a suite at the Grande Real a popular option for 3 friends.
TV & minibar in each room. Sleeps maximum of 3 Adults
Sea View SuiteCovering an area of 581 sq.ft the spacious suites at the Grande Real offer the convenience of a separate living room with sofa that can be converted to a third bed. An internal door between the rooms provides additional privacy. Two bathrooms, and two separate balcony areas make sharing a suite at the Grande Real a popular option for 3 friends. TV & minibar in each room. Sleeps maximum of 3 Adults. Featuring everything that the standard suites offer with the addition of a stunning sea vista. The Seaview Suites also offer a view of the main hotel pool area.
Studios and ApartmentsWith a choice of studios perfect for solo travellers or couples, one and two bedroom apartments, each featuring a living-room, bedroom(s) and kitchenette which offer total privacy in a relaxed environment. Surrounded by green spaces, and two communal swimming pools.
Studios feature a bedroom with living room and kitchen in one open plan space. Smaller than the one bedroom apartments and perfect for a couple or solo traveller.
One Bedroom Apartments feature a seperate bedroom, bathroom with shower over the bath, a living area with sofa bed and kitchen.
Two Bedroom Apartments feature two seperate bedrooms, one shower room with walk-in shower and one bathroom with shower over the bath, a living area with sofa bed and kitchen.
In all the holiday apartments you will find air conditioning, direct telephone connection, Wifi Internet connection, hair dryer, satellite TV, pay TV, radio, individual safes, room service 24h, kitchenette and fridge.
The 4* Alfagar Alto de Colina Aparthotel is situated across the road from the Grande Real hotel where the festival is taking place. These apartments offer a more flexible dining option of self-catering with breakfast included, allowing you to dine locally at your leisure each evening.
Each one of the standard apartments feature a cooker, crockery, fridge, kettle, microwave, shower over bath, towels, TV and free WIFI
One Bed Apartments
The one bedroom apartment at the Alfagar Alto da Colina is the perfect accommodation option for couples and friends who want to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of a beautifully decorated apartment. With bright rooms and cosy furnishings, this apartment offers a fully equipped kitchenette, a living room with sofa bed, a bathroom and a furnished balcony.
From the reception area of the Grande Real to the Alfagar Alto de Colina Aparthotel is a 10-minute walk.
PLEASE NOTE: Evening meals cannot be taken at the Grande Real Hotel
Prices per person / Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Flights not included - please contact us if you require assistance with travel arrangements.
£100pp deposit required to secure booking.
£50pp discount if booked before 1 December 2023.
|Room Type - Grande Real Santa Eulália||Price||Extra Night Pre Event||Extra Night Post Event (8 October only)|
|Classic Double/Twin Solo Occupancy||£1,299 - SOLD OUT||£192||£167|
|Sea View Double/Twin||£1,179 - SOLD OUT||£153||£133|
|Sea View Double/Twin Solo Occupancy||£1,439 - SOLD OUT||£192||£167|
|Studio Solo Occupancy||£1,299 - SOLD OUT||£192||£167|
|One Bed Apartment 2 Share||£1,049||£138||£120|
|Two Bed Apartment 3 Share||£929 - x1 AVAILABLE||£120||£104|
|Two Bed Apartment 4 Share||£859 - x1 AVAILABLE||£107||£93|
|Suite Garden View 2 Share||£1,219 - x1 AVAILABLE||£175||£152|
|Suite Garden View 3 Share||£889 - x1 AVAILABLE||£155||£135|
|Suite Sea View 2 share||£1,399 - SOLD OUT||£192||£167|
|Suite Sea View 3 share||£1,049 - SOLD OUT||£163||£142|
Prices per person / Breakfast.
|Room Type - Alfagar Alto de Colina||Price||Extra Night Pre Event||Extra Night Post Event|
|One bed Apartment 2 share (B&B)||£799||Available on request||Available on request|
|One bed Apartment Sole Occupancy (B&B)||£1,049 - 5 Available||Available on request||Available on request|
|One bed Apartment 3 share (B&B)||£739||Available on request||Available on request|
There is a growing list of activities on offer at a Costa Festival. These include Watercolour Art Classes with Paul Clark, Pilates With Rosie, Choir with Celia, Costa Ensemble with Joe Broughton & Tom Chapman, Ukulele and other Music Workshops, and Birdwatching trips. We will be publishing full details of the free and paid activities once the programme is confirmed. Please indicate on the booking form which activities you may be interested in and we will send you further information.
Watercolour Art Classes
We are delighted to welcome Paul Clark and Margot Lofts back to Portugal to take the watercolour art classes.
Paul Clark is a published author, professional artist, and a world renowned YouTuber with a following of 190,000+ subscribers, who has been teaching watercolour painting and drawing techniques to adult learners of all levels for over 40 years.
Margot Lofts, a watercolourist in her own right, works alongside Paul to take extra classes to provide a varied programme.
£140 for all classes, attend as many as you like! £25.00 per session on site. Please pay for with cash in resort.
All classes suitable for all levels. A list of equipment required is available.
Joe Broughton (Conservatoire Folk Ensemble) and Tom Chapman (Urban folk Quartet) will run daily Costa Ensemble workshops. The emphasis for the workshops will be for everyone to be able to join in, so whether you just got your first two ukulele chords together, or you have been playing fiddle tunse at your local session for years, this is an opportunity for you to be part of a band, to learn something and to have a good time.
Joe's core teaching approach is that people learn more and play better when they are having a good time so don't come expecting any pressure or to get away with not having a laugh. Bring your instrument if you can, and if not you can join the percusssion/singing/dancing section!!
There will be a daily one-hour morning workshop for everyone that wants to be involved, and there will be an additional daily hour "drop-in" session at teatime with Joe and Tom, for anyone that wants a bit of extra help, or even wants to do something more challenging or just wants to chat about music or ask questions.
Tai Chi with Melvin
Melvin has practiced and taught tai chi for over 35 years and has combined his love of folk music and the Taoist arts by leading tai chi workshops at festivals. The sessions have been developed to give absolute beginners an understanding of the foundations/practice of tai chi and provide an opportunity for the more experienced to explore a wider range of activities. No booking/payment required, just turn up – more information in resort.
Pilates with Rosie
Join Rosie at the daily pilates class which will definitely help improve your posture, flexibility, strength, balance and set you up for the day ahead.
Ukulele Workshops with Andy, Tim & Jake
Why not join Andy, Tim & Jake at the daily ukulele sessions running at Costa Festival. With just four strings and unlimited chords, this is a great instrument to get into even if you haven’t played much before. You will learn how to play a few songs but most importantly have fun whilst doing so then on the final day of the festival you will perform to the Costa audience.
We look after you every step of the way
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Take out the sun, the hotel, the sea and the food for a minute - Ibiza 2018 had the best line up of any festival I have attended. The quality of the music was outstanding, enhanced by the fact that they all loved being there.
Most folk festivals are well organised and have lovely people helping. Costa del Folk raises that to a whole new level with wonderful people, care and attention from the first minute you book. The mix of known and unknown musicians and music is brilliant. It is a lovely happy party from start to finish. And in a nice hotel in the sunshine. Doesn't get any better.
My perfect holiday! Enjoyed every minute at Costa Ibiza 2018 and 2019 and I'll be there next year! Great music - old favourites and then the music you discover and love too! Great hotel, lovely rooms, great food (excellent for vegetarians too).
My favourite holiday. What's not to love. We've been to three now and so looking forward to the next one. Beautiful setting, great hotel, superbly run event with wonderful performers in a sunshine setting. What more could anyone want?