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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: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

2. 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

3. 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: Unique Live Fado Performance with Port Wine

4. Porto: Unique Live Fado Performance with Port Wine

Experience fado, a form of Portuguese singing that is now part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. In a small auditorium, the performance takes you on a roaring history of fado, a style originating from the 1820's, bringing you up to the fusion versions popular today with new audiences.   Enjoy a unique presentation of Coimbra and Lisbon's fado with impeccable technical and artistic quality. The show begins with traditional fado, filled with hoarse voices invoking a feeling of nostalgia. It then explores the mysteries and evolution of the Portuguese guitar, the faithful companion of all fado singers.   The story then passes through Coimbra, the eternal city of students, which, swarming with passion and culture, witnesses the birth of its very own song. The fourth segment of the show is dedicated to Amália Rodrigues, who gives fado an unmistakable character and unprecedented recognition across borders.

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 Combo: Porto City by Day & Panoramic View Fado Dinner

10. Porto Combo: Porto City by Day & Panoramic View Fado Dinner

Experience the dynamic differences of beautiful Porto from day to night. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for the morning (8:30-9:00 AM pickup) or the afternoon (1:30-2:00 PM pickup) tour. On this tour you will visit Porto's main monuments and learn more about its rich history. You'll get to see: • Grandiose architecture on Avenida dos Aliados, the Avenue of Allies, representing the Anglo-Portuguese treaty, the oldest alliance in the world that is still in effect • The 249-foot tall Clèrigos Tower and Church • One of the top bookstores in the world: Livraria Lello • One of the city's oldest monuments: Sé Cathedral of Porto • The Unesco World Heritage site: Sao Bento Station To end the daytime portion of your tour you'll visit a wine cellar and have a chance to try the famous port wine. After this portion of your tour you'll be dropped off at your hotel for a few hours before the dinner portion of the tour begins. This is a perfect opportunity to take a short nap after your busy city tour and freshen up for dinner. At 8 PM your guide will pick you up from your hotel for dinner. You'll have a chance to experience panoramic views of this dynamic and beautiful city after dark. Then you'll enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner, accompanied by soulful Fado music. Fado music is melancholic and the songs are often very nostalgic. They reflect the deep feelings of Portuguese culture, history, and soul.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 853 reviews

It was amazing; so much better than I expected! Rather cynically I thought: quick tour, mediocre meal, maybe one or two Fado songs- I was so very wrong. Excellent tour with multilingual guide, really tasty food served by charming waiters, and the Fado- wow! A lady and gentleman, accompanied by two musicians, did sets through the whole evening - over 2 hours perhaps? I really strongly recommend this tour; it was so good!

This is the first time we have heard fado music, very special and powerful. It’s pity that we did not understand the words.

Guitars and the voices - absolute magic ♡♡♡ Must see & must hear☆☆☆ Thanks a lot♡

Wonderful! Everyone visiting Portugal should visit a fado show. Thank you!

A very enjoyable evening with top class singers and guitarists.