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Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

1. Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

Learn about the uniquely Portuguese musical form of fado with a live show in the intimate surroundings of the Casa do Fado. Enjoy a glass of port wine as you hear more about this aspect of Portuguese identity, declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Be transported to the Porto of old with a trip to Casa do Fado, a project developed by friends who love the music genre. Choose between two Casa do Fado venues in the historic center of Porto: the Ribiera, a 19th-century cellar, or the Sé, a former guitar luthier workshop. Listen to outstanding musicians as they perform live in a venue with acoustics ideally set up for fado. Sip on a glass of port wine, the drink that Porto is famous for, as you hear more about the music and its origins.

Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine

2. Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine

According to Amália Rodrigues, the great fado singer, "The point is to feel fado. Because fado is not sung, it happens. It cannot be explained, only felt." The project "Fado by Casa da Guitarra" intends to offer to you the essence of this musical genre in an evening of enchantment and wonder. During the hour-long concert, you will come in contact with very unique Portuguese cultural elements - fado, Portuguese traditional stringed instruments, wine - all of which are deeply related with Portuguese history. The acoustic fado performance takes place in an intimate setting with a female leading singer, accompanied by a Portuguese guitar player and a guitar player (playing a viola de fado), who occasionally lends his voice to the fado songs. A traditional port wine will served during the interlude to round out your evening.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

3. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

Porto: 4 Artists Fado na Baixa Performance with Port Wine

4. Porto: 4 Artists Fado na Baixa Performance with Port Wine

Four artists, male and female Fado singers and top musicians, open their hearts and invite you to get intimate with Fado in all its unique and different expressions. Immerse into the experience, with hand-picked personal testimonials in various languages, and see Fado up close and personal. Experience first, traditional Fado, a highly marketed and intense style from Lisbon, where it all began. Then, enjoy the stylings of the unique Portuguese Guitar while tasting a Tawny Port. Listen and witness the nuances of the Lisbon and Coimbra playing techniques. Discover the Coimbra Fado genre, completely unique to the Portuguese people and sung live by a male singer, a former student at the Coimbra University, as tradition demands. Then, in the fourth segment, discover Amalia Rodrigues, the queen of the Portuguese Fado. Watch how she transformed traditional Fado and brought unprecedented recognition. Finally understand how Fado survives and thrives through the years. Through different poetics, fusions with other musical genres, and honoring tradition, Fado is preserved, as you will see by the end of the show. Arrive early and informally get together with musicians and Fado singers as they arrive at the venue.

Porto: Fado Show, Musician Meet-and-Greet, and Port Wine

5. Porto: Fado Show, Musician Meet-and-Greet, and Port Wine

Meet a collective of professional Fado artists who share a passion for traditional Fado and enjoy an intimate concert that combines all the aesthetics and authenticity of this music genre. Arrive at the venue early for the opportunity to chat with the musicians. Listen as they tell you about the different types of Fado and learn what makes this genre so special. Before the concert starts, you will be offered a glass of Port. During the concert, listen to a traditional music style that is far removed from the commercial Fado that is often found in tourist hotspots. This is the only venue in Porto which is fully dedicated to authentic and artistic Fado. You will hear 9-10 Fados and 2 instrumentals songs. Defined by improvisation, Fado is a musical invitation to contemplate the nature of existence and to express joy and sadness in a celebration of life.

3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner

6. 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner

While you’re visiting Portugal make sure to find an opportunity to listen a very unique music style known as fado, which is actually a Portuguese word meaning destiny or fate. There’s no other style like it in the world, and UNESCO has placed it on the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. On this 3-hour tour, in addition to discovering fado, you’ll also discover the fascination of Porto by night, experiencing just how unique it is. See how impressive and majestic the city’s sights are when they’re illuminated after dark. You’ll see Porto’s city hall, the Clérigos Church and Tower, the Sao Bento Railway Station, the Dom Luís Bridge, Ribeira, and more. Stop by a traditional restaurant in the city center to enjoy a dinner featuring Portuguese cuisine and to experience a fado show. After dinner your guide will pick you up at the restaurant and drive you back to your hotel.

Porto Night Tour with Dinner and Fado Show

7. Porto Night Tour with Dinner and Fado Show

See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Porto illuminated for the night on a panoramic sightseeing tour after dark, and marvel at monuments from the ornate cathedral to the legendary port wine cellars. Learn more about the rich history and traditions of the city along the way. Listen to the melancholic songs of love, jealousy, misfortune, hopes and dreams at a fado dinner show in the historic city center. Experience a unique folkloric tradition of Portugal as you feast on excellent home cooking and sample tasty delicacies from the region.

Porto: Night Tour with Traditional Dinner and Fado Show

8. Porto: Night Tour with Traditional Dinner and Fado Show

After being picked up at your hotel, start the tour by discovering Porto seaside during the summer, or the amazing views from Serra do Pilar during winter. Learn about the history and interesting stories of the city from your guide. Then, visit a traditional Portuguese restaurant in the heart of one of the most traditional neighbourhoods. Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a Fado performance. Traditional Fado music is characterized by the lamenting expression of saudade to the sound of a guitar.  Before being taken back to your hotel, enjoy seeing some of the sights, streets, and landmarks of Porto by night.

Porto: Fado Show with Dinner and Transfers

9. Porto: Fado Show with Dinner and Transfers

Enjoy the convenience of pickup at your hotel in Porto, and then make your way through the city to experience an authentic folk culture of Portugal during dinner. Savor the classic flavors of Portugal at an authentic restaurant as you watch a traditional Fado show. With roots that can be traced back to the 1820s, the unique music genre is now one of the main cultural expressions of Portugal and must follow a traditional structure. Dine on regional produce, and lose yourself in the music. Songs often tell stories about the sea or the life of the poor with a sense of longing. Enjoy beautiful views of the city lights at night on the drive back to your hotel by van.

Porto: Walking Tour and Fado Show

10. Porto: Walking Tour and Fado Show

This tour explores the beautiful historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your tour at Sé hill, where you can visit the Cathedral. The route will take you along old streets that were important thoroughfares for the traffic of people and goods in medieval times.  In Ribeira and Infante Square, learn more about the city’s connection to the international trade of Port Wine and how it became the stage of an important revolution in the early 19th century. Learn how the city survived the French invasions and the Civil War and understand the struggles of the contemporary era for the development of the Republic in Portugal.  Make stops to contemplate the iconic buildings of the Church of São Francisco, Palácio da Bolsa, and the Ferreira Borges Market. Your guide will reveal to you the mysteries and curiosities about the city's most emblematic streets, monuments, and buildings. See São Bento Railway Station and its beautiful Azulejo tile panels full of history. Complete your tour by attending a wonderful exciting Fado show, during which a glass of Port Wine will be served.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 853 reviews

This show was great from the start till the end. Music was very touching, but beside it the welcoming and warm attitude of performers made it great as well. I took my mum who was visiting me there, and I couldn't make a better decision.

Very good experience. We had a nice time. The guitar music is magnificent and the singer sings wonderfully well.

Great show. Excellent playing and singing. The music is very moving.The story of Fado was also interesting.

An unexpected beautiful cozy atmospheric and emotional evening, highly recommended and valuable

So cool! Sweet, quaint and traditional experience.