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Porto: Traditional Fado Show at Ideal Clube de Fado

1. Porto: Traditional Fado Show at Ideal Clube de Fado

Meet a collective of professional Fado artists who share a passion for the pure and classic Fado and enjoy an intimate concert that combines all the aesthetics and authenticity of this music genre. There are two types of Fado shows: Every day at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, you will hear the pure Fado show dedicated to the most authentic tradition of classic Fado. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9:00 pm, you will hear tributes to historic Fado artists and concerts dedicated to specific thematics such as love, "saudade", dark Fado, white Fado, etc... If you want, you can 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. During the concerts, you'll 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. This aproach is defined by improvisatio and it's a musical invitation to contemplate the nature of existence and to express joy and sadness in a celebration of life. During the concerts you will hear around 12 Fados and 2 instrumentals songs of portuguese guitar, an exquisite instrument that you must listen if you're coming to Portugal. Before the concert starts, you will be offered a glass of Port.

Porto: 4 Artists Fado na Baixa Performance with Port Wine

2. 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 4.5-Hour Pub Crawl

3. Porto 4.5-Hour Pub Crawl

Porto’s number 1 nightlife event is back stronger than ever! Join a group of travelers from all over the world and spend 4.5 hours at the city’s top bars. Head out to some of the most popular spots in town. You'll be visiting 3 bars frequented by locals and also 1 nightclub. Enjoy 5 free drinks and learn how to say cheers in 10 different languages. Dance like there’s no tomorrow as you make new friends! If you can’t dance, maybe you’ll find someone to teach you a few moves.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

4. 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: Fado Show with Port Wine

5. 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: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

6. 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.

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

7. 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner

Discover the unique music style known as 'Fado' (a Portuguese word meaning destiny or fate) on this night tour in Porto. See sights like Clérigos Church and the charming Ribeira district. Savor a traditional Portuguese dinner while enjoying a 'Fado' show in a local restaurant.  Choose from a tour with hotel pickup in Porto or a tour with a centrally-located meeting point. See Porto’s city hall, the Clérigos Church and Tower, the Sao Bento Railway Station, the Dom Luís Bridge, and Ribeira as they are illuminated at night. Stop by a traditional restaurant in the city center to enjoy a dinner featuring Portuguese cuisine and to experience a 'Fado' show. Feel the thrill of this musical style that UNESCO has placed on the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. After dinner your guide will pick you up at the restaurant and drive you back to your hotel.

Porto: Spiritus Multimedia Show Admission Ticket

8. Porto: Spiritus Multimedia Show Admission Ticket

Step into an immersive artistic experience with this ticket to Spiritus, an audiovisual experience which pairs light, music, and architecture the Clérigos Church in Porto. Admire how this religious location is transformed during this show which was created by OCUBO. Show your ticket at the door to the church and step into this 18th century Baroque building which boasts a 75-meter-tall bell tower. Take in the abstract look and intense soundtrack of the church's architecture as it is filled with visual poetry, light, and music. See how this multimedia, nighttime show expands on the poem “In the end, the best way to travel is to feel,” by Álvaro de Campos. Feel the beauty of life and reflect upon your place in this world.

Porto: Hard Rock Cafe Skip-the-Line with Set Menu

9. Porto: Hard Rock Cafe Skip-the-Line with Set Menu

Skip the line at the Hard Rock Cafe Porto, where you will have the chance to try a set menu of American classics and have a memorabilia tour. Centrally located near the famous Aliados Avenue, in downtown Porto, the venue delights with rock and pop memorabilia. Enjoy lunch or dinner from a set menu. Share the Jumbo Combo as an appetizer starter. Have a choice of either the Original Legendary Burger, Moving Mountains Burger, NY Strip Steak, Grilled Norwegian Salmon, or the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad as your entree. Delight in the Lil Brownie dessert and have a choice of a soft drink, water, a half-pint of beer, a glass of wine, and coffee or tea as your beverage.

Porto: Sunset Walking Tour with Port Wine and Views

10. Porto: Sunset Walking Tour with Port Wine and Views

On this guided sunset walking tour of Porto, discover the best downtown highlights and be dazzled by hidden viewpoints throughout the city. Relax and enjoy the evening while savoring the flavors of Port wine at two terraces. Meet your guide, then stroll towards the west side of the city, not missing main highlights like São Bento Train Station Hall, Aliados Avenue, and Rua dos Clérigos. This area is sure to amaze thanks to ancient monuments appearing on every corner. As you explore, learn a secret about Carmo and Carmelitas Church, then take a close look at the Tower of Clérigos, one of the most emblematic monuments and one of the highest points of Porto. Continuing on, head to one of the rooftops in the area to taste the world-famous Port wine. If you have never tried it, you'll be surrendered by its delicate flavor. Afterward, be guided back downtown to visit the Porto Cathedral, the cradle of the city. Crossing the Bridge Luis I, arrive at Jardim do Morro to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from a terrace and taste another special drink: a Port wine cocktail. The tour ends later in the evening at Jardim do Morro. From here you can continue enjoying the city nightlife at your leisure.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 421 reviews

A lovely show with excellent musicians. Venue was an old cellar with a beautiful arched ceiling and good acoustics. If you get there a early you’ll get the first seating choice and can sit near the front. We were about 10min early and were in the back but could hear and see pretty well. The port served was nice.

If you appreciate wine and fado, this is the evening for you!! Beautifully done! A lesson on Porto wine making and a relaxing time to sip and enjoy some of the classic fados.,

A beautiful setting and heart-felt performance made for a lovely evening! One of our favorite activities while in Porto!

Very relaxed session and outstanding musicianship and Singers on display, for lovers of live Music is a must

Wonderful musicians and singers. A surprising and entertaining show. I would recommend for all ages.