Must-see entertainment in Portugal

  • Bar Marginália


    Reached via an arched stone tunnel off Rua Professor José Buísel, this charismatic backstreet bar is Portimão's best venue for live music, with weekend…

  • Teatro Ribeiro Conceição

    The Douro

    This handsomely restored theatre and cultural space hosts a wide range of programmes throughout the year, from children’s puppet shows to classical…

  • Teatro Baltazar Dias


    Funchal's grand, late-19th-century main theatre (there were once five!) is the place to head for high-brow entertainment, including classical music, fado,…

  • Fado in Porto

    Vila Nova de Gaia

    Lisbon and Coimbra may be the spiritual home of fado, Portugal's unique brand of melancholic folk music with guitar accompaniment, but you'll find decent…

  • Centro Cultural de Belém


    The CCB presents a diverse program spanning experimental jazz, contemporary ballet, boundary-crossing plays and performances by the Portuguese Chamber…

  • Teatro Municipal da Guarda

    The Beiras

    Guarda’s shiny theatre complex, a boxy modern building of greyish-green glass just south of the historic centre, regularly hosts high-quality theatre,…

  • Casa da Mariquinhas


    Follow the strains of fado to this traditional, highly atmospheric tavern, with live fado at 9pm from Wednesday to Saturday. There is a minimum…

  • Boavista FC


    FC Porto's worthy cross-town rival, Boavista FC's home turf is the Estádio do Bessa, which lies just off Avenida da Boavista. Check the local editions of…

  • Teatro Circo de Braga


    One of the most dazzling theatres in the country, inside a grand fin-de-siècle building, where you can catch concerts, theatre and dance, with offerings…

  • Zé dos Bois

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Focusing on tomorrow’s performing-arts and music trends, Zé dos Bois is an experimental venue with a graffitied courtyard and an eclectic line-up of…

  • Fado in Chiado

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Inside a small theatre, the 50-minute nightly shows here feature high-quality fado – a male and a female singer and two guitarists – and they're held…

  • Coliseu do Porto

    Aliados & Bolhão

    This frayed, yet still stylish, art deco theatre hosts major gigs as well as grand theatre and dance productions. If something big is going on down here,…

  • Teatro Marionetas do Porto


    A sure-fire hit with the kids (but not only aimed at children), this puppet theatre specialises in shows that range from fairy tales, such as Cinderella,…

  • Centro Cultural


    Lagos’ main venue for performances stages everything from choirs and live music gigs to theatre, opera, comedy and dance, and also hosts contemporary-art…

  • Teatro Municipal


    The boxy Teatro Municipal hosts high-quality music, theatre and dance shows, plus afternoon performances for children. There’s a multiscreen cinema next…

  • Altice Arena

    Parque das Nações

    Sporting an energy-efficient zinc roof, this UFO-shaped arena is Portugal’s largest, hosting big international acts Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and more.

  • Pax Julia Teatro Municipal

    Baixo Alentejo

    This cinema and theatre hosts regular concerts, dance performances and film screenings. A programme guide is available at the theatre’s box office.

  • Teatro Aveirense


    Celebrating over 125 years at the heart of Aveiro’s cultural scene, this historic theatre stages regular concerts, dance performances and plays.

  • Teatro da Trindade

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    This early-20th-century gem stages an assortment of national and foreign productions. You can buy tickets online at the foundation's website.

  • Teatro Nacional de Dona Maria II

    Baixa & Rossio

    Rossio’s graceful neoclassical theatre has a somewhat hit-and-miss schedule. Guided tours on Mondays (except August) are at 11am (€8).

  • São Mamede CAE


    This converted old cinema/cultural centre draws a student crowd for its range of events, from live performances to DJs to film screenings.

  • Culturgest


    Culturgest’s experimental and occasionally provocative line-up encompasses exhibitions, dance, poetry, music and theatre.

  • FC Porto


    The Estádio do Dragão is home to Primeira Liga heroes FC Porto. It's northeast of the centre, just off the VCI ring road.

  • Teatro Camões

    Parque das Nações

    Teatro Camões is home to the Portuguese National Ballet Company, which is under the artistic direction of Paulo Ribeiro.

  • Mascote da Atalaia

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Petiscos (tapas), vinho (wine) and live fado keep the good vibes flowing at this intimate little bar.

  • English Church


    Funchal's large English Church, the epicentre of British expat life, seems to be used more for live music and various other events than for Christian…

  • Casino Lisboa

    Parque das Nações

    The sibling rival of Estoril, Lisbon’s own slick casino aims its chips at a younger crowd. Forget the James Bond–style tux, the dress code here is smart…

  • Teatro de Vila Real


    This slick, modern building, in a park-like area across the Corgo from the city centre, stages high-quality dance and theatre performances, along with…

  • Auditório São Mateus

    Alto Alentejo

    Next door to the Museu Fotográfico João Carpinteiro, this arts venue stages concerts, plays and other performances. In late 2018, it also began screening…

  • Estádio José de Alvalade


    This state-of-the-art 50,000-seat stadium is the home of the Sporting Lisbon football team and the Sporting museum (tours run four times daily at 11.30am,…

  • Centro Cultural de Chaves


    Chaves’ cultural centre stages regular concerts, plays and other events, most of them free of charge. For details on current shows, see the monthly Agenda…

  • Centro Cultural

    The Douro

    Although there isn’t a lot going on in Foz Côa, the Centro Cultural hosts concerts, temporary art exhibitions and film screenings throughout the year. It…

  • Aréna d’Évora


    Just outside the old city walls, this large arena hosts big-name fado concerts, motocross, bullfighting and other events. It lies near the Jardim Público.

  • Teatro Diogo Bernardes

    The Minho

    Behind the Museu dos Terceiros, the galleried Teatro Diogo Bernardes, built in 1893, is the pride of the town, with interesting music and theatre…

  • Casino do Algarve

    The Algarve

    Set over two levels, this small, well-known casino, midway along the esplanade in the Hotel Algarve, has nine gaming tables with blackjack, roulette etc,…

  • Paço Ducal

    Alto Alentejo

    Classical concerts are held in the chapel of the Paço Ducal on the last Friday of the month at 9pm year-round (except in December, when the concert is…

  • Estádio Nacional


    The national stadium, part of the Jamor national sports complex, hosts the Portuguese Cup fotball final each May. Take the train from Cais do Sodré to…

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