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

4. 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.

Porto: Unique Live Fado Performance with Port Wine

5. 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.

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 4.5-Hour Pub Crawl

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

8. 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.

Douro River: Private Group Cruise

9. Douro River: Private Group Cruise

Enjoy a tour on the Douro River and learn more about Porto on this group cruise. This cruise is perfect for families and friends looking to explore Porto from the water. Cruise past historical monuments and landmarks in Porto while having a welcome drink of local wines. The tour can be customized based on what you want to do, ensuring that you’ll have an enjoyable and memorable cruise. Listen to music on board and enjoy the fresh air as you cruise past magnificent views along Douro River.

Porto: Fado Show with Dinner and Transfers

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 421 reviews

Great performance at a cozy place with red port wine! Even though I do not understand the language, viewers enjoyed the whole performance by all the 3 performers.

I enjoyed this very much. For my first live Fado experience I’d rate it an A+. And, the wine was pretty tasty as well. Thank you!

Not knowing how to speak Portuguese, I was moved by this show. The universal language of music. It touch’s your soul.

Magnifique très émouvant et des personnes très bienveillantes

great performers. nice setting. 3 glasses if port.