Fado means destiny, fate. It's characterized by heartfelt tunes and lyrics infused with a sense of fatefulness and longing to which we use the word saudade to characterize it. Besides attending a Fado concert, you'll be taken on a 30 minute walking tour through the alleys of Mouraria and Alfama, where this musical genre was born. The most common explanation is that it comes from the songs of the Moors, which kept living on the slums of Lisbon even after the Christian take-over during medieval time. The sadness and melancholy of those songs, so common in Fado, are a good basis to explain the rhythms of Fado itself. For it's uniqueness and emotion that overtakes language and nationality, Fado was inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2011, and it's a must do in Lisbon to understand Portuguese way of life.
Fado is a portuguese word which means fate, destiny. It’s also the name of Lisbon’s most famous musical genre, “the song of Lisbon”, characterised by mournful tunes and grief-laden, soulful lyrics that transmit a strong feeling of longing and nostalgia. In this tour you will be able to experience it firsthand at a traditional fado restaurant.We will start our Fado tour by wandering through the alleys and windy streets of old Lisbon on a small walking tour through Mouraria and Alfama, where you can get to know the working class neighborhoods and streets where Fado was born. Our guide will explain to you the history and the cultural importance of Fado, and how it shaped mentalities in Portugal and the portuguese own sense of identity.We'll end the tour at a traditional Fado house where we'll listen to the heartfelt melodies of Fado. Lose yourself in the atmosphere and mood of this typical Portuguese music genre played by the Portuguese guitar and characterized by mournful, heartbreaking lyrics. While you enjoy the music, we will also provide you with a typical Portuguese dinner. Homemade food, portuguese wine, and an amazing environment are the keys to any good Portuguese evening.