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!

  When:  Monday
  Where: Praça do Rossio
w  Languages:  english en,  español es

}  Time:  16:30
  Duration: 2 hours 30 min
  Price: Free

The tour starts in Rossio, next to the statue of King Pedro IV, first emperor of Brazil, where we learn about a disruptive thesis stating that fado was born in Brazil and comes from the song lundum. Then, as we stard climbing the Mouraria, we talk about the Portuguese sailors and how they mourned their distant homes. Did you know the word fado comes from ther word fatum, Latin for fate?

Here, the alleys and patiosare the perfect scenery to introduce to you the rituals of fado, its many different genres, and the first fado singer Maria Severa. Once in Alfama we see how a marginal song from the poor climbed to the status of National Song and a dictator cleverly took advantage of it.

We discover the origin of the Portuguese guitar and how a simple, poor girl called Amália Rodrigues became the Queen of Fado: “all that matters is to feel. Because fado is not sung. It happens. Fado is felt, not understood, not explained”, she said. We could not agree more. This is why our guide also sings during the tour. When you listen to fado, we want you to feel it. Come and be marveled.

Highlights of the Fado Free Tour

N  Listen to live fado directly from your guide
N  Learn about the origins of this music and what influenced it
N  Understand what it meant and what it still means
N  Discover how fado was used during Salazar’s dictatorship
N  Get to know the best fadistas in history, and the emerging ones

What we’ll see in the Fado Free Tour

  Mouraria & Alfama
  Listen to fado
  Casas de Fado
  Fado’s history and influences
  Portuguese guitar
  Severa, Amália & more

Meeting Point

  Meeting Point: Praça do Rossio (Dom Pedro IV)
In the middle of the square, next to the statue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can your tours be free?
Our Free Tours are based on tips only! Part of this will go to cover marketing and operational expenses. In this way we achieve great quality in the tours, immense guest satisfaction and that we also make sure that, regardless of the budget, everyone can enjoy Lisbon as much as we do.
In which language is the tour?
The Fado Free Tour runs in English and Spanish.
When does the tour run?
The Fado Free Tour runs, in English and Spanish, on Monday, at 16:30.
How long is the tour?
The Fado Free Tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, but it can be a little longer depending on the rhythm of the group.
Where does the tour end?
The Évora Free Tour finishes in the Roman Temple.
Does the tour operate if it rains?
Yes! Raincoat, umbrella and off we go. Only in very extreme cases can the tour be canceled. If that happens, you will be notified as far in advance as possible.
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. We always ask that, if you are a group of more than 10 people, you contact us and we will see how we can solve it.

Interested in a Private Tour?

If you want more flexibility and a dedicated guide for you and your group, you can book this tour as a private tour totally in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

This way we can start at the day and time that suits you and have a much more personal experience. This is also a good option for groups of more than 10 people who cannot join our Free Tours together. Send us an email and we will answer you right away.


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