Experience Lisbon’s unique culture like a local on this evening sightseeing tour and discover where the musical genre Fado was born. As you are driven through Lisbon's old districts, your guide will explain the history of Fado, which started here in the 1820s. Enjoy a traditional dinner and listen to a Fado singer's stories about lost love and 'saudade,' a feeling of longing. This small-group tour, limited to eight people, ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
After pickup from your Lisbon hotel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you will be driven by some locations that highlight the city’s cultural heritage and relate to the history of the famous music genre Fado. Sailors, fishermen and sea merchants, often away from home, were the pioneers of this musical genre, and would sing the beautiful and melancholic music with a feeling of saudade, an emotion of longing or homesickness for their distant loved ones. Currently, Fado is considered part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Cruise through the historic city center toward the Graça district, which features some of the best views in Lisbon. After a 10-minute stop for pictures and a look at the city illuminated at night, continue toward the city’s oldest district, Alfama, an area deeply connected to the roots of the local culture and its citizens. In fact, it became the incubating platform of the first Fado sounds. Make sure to bring your camera to snap pictures of the scenic views while you make stops. To complete your Lisbon Fado experience, indulge in a typical Portuguese dinner in the late evening and as the lights dim, set your fork down and listen to the beautiful live Fado performances throughout the 2h30 to 3h evening. Accompanied by a string quartet or a Portuguese guitar, a fadista (Fado singer) will let you in on the emotional saudade. Around midnight, your driver will take you back to your hotel.