Fado Free Tour
Fado Free Tour
Understand the soul of Lisbon and, eventually, of Portugal. Hear fado’s true sound and dive into the essence of this music with a true fado singer!
Duration: 2 hours 30 min
Starting at Martim Moniz, at the gates of Mouraria, our Fado Free Tour offers a deep dive into the heart of Lisbon with a genuine Fado singer! As we begin our ascent through the hills of the Moorish district, we’ll share tales of Portuguese sailors and their longing for their homes in far-off lands across the globe. Did you know that the word fado comes from the Latin word fatum, which means fate?
As we delve into the Alfama district, we’ll uncover how a marginal song from the city’s poorest neighborhoods rose to become the National Song, and how a dictator cleverly exploited this. We’ll also divulge the surprising history of the Portuguese guitar and how a simple girl from the Arroios neighborhood named Amália Rodrigues attained the title of Queen of Fado.
“All that matters is to feel Fado. Because Fado is not sung, it happens. Fado is felt, not understood, not explained.” This quote is from Amália Rodrigues herself. We couldn’t agree more: that’s why our guide also sings during the tour. We’ll delve into the history of fado and Salazar, its downfall after the 25th of April, and what makes a true Casa de Fado. It is during these moments on the tour that you’ll get to experience Fado firsthand. And we want you to not just hear it, but to feel it as well. The tour will conclude near the Museum of Fado.
Highlights of the Fado Free Tour
Listen to live fado directly from your guide
Learn about the origins of this music and what influenced it
Understand what it meant and what it still means
Discover how fado was used during Salazar’s dictatorship
Get to know the best fadistas in history, and the emerging ones
What we’ll see in the Fado Free Tour
Listen to fado
Casas de Fado
Severa, Amália & more
Meeting Point: Martim Moniz
In front of the Capela Nossa Senhora da Saúde.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can your tours be free?
In which language is the tour?
When does the tour run?
The Fado Free Tour runs, in English, on Fridays at 17:30.
How long is the tour?
Where does the tour end?
The Fado Free Tour finishes near the Museum of Fado.
Is it suitable for people with reduced mobility or babies in a stroller?
Unfortunately, our Fado Free Tour is not accessible due to the nature of the neighborhood.
We're a big group. Can we still join?
We always try not to leave anyone out but, sometimes with large groups, it is difficult to organize the tour and the guides. Groups of 7 or more are always welcomed, but we require a prepayment of 10€ per adult and 5€ per youngster (14 – 18 years). This principle results from the need to protect and value the level of quality and dedication of our guides.
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