Top 5 places to listen to Fado in Lisbon

Next time you visit Lisbon, take some extra time to discover the pleasure of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul live while you taste a pleasant meal. Here are five suggestions of fado houses that you might consider.

Fado is part of the identity of Portugal and is a symbol of the city of Lisbon. In 2011, it was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage, a recognition that we, Portuguese people, are very proud of.

So, when in Lisbon you must definitely discover the joy of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul, live.

We leave you here five suggestions of places – some more touristic, others more traditional and typical. There are performances with professional singers and amateur fado singers, the so-called fado vadio; different styles, but all singing the Portuguese Saudade, the feeling and the love.

And if you have the opportunity, pass by Madragoa, where you can find the house where Amália Rodrigues lived, the most charismatic of the Portuguese fadistas, who took our Fado to the world. With great presence and natural charisma on the stage is to Amália – the so called Queen of Fado – that we owe the classic image of the black dress with shawl.

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Photo of Amália in 1954 SILVA NOGUEIRA/MUSEU DO TEATRO

Clube do Fado

Located in the immediate vicinity of the Sé, in the heart of Alfama, Clube de Fado  is more than a restaurant, it is a place where you can taste good delicacies of the Portuguese traditional cuisine, with fado and Portuguese guitar by company. A reference in the universe of the traditional fado houses of Lisbon, with a romantic atmosphere, sober and intimate decoration.

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Sr. Vinho

Founded in 1975, Sr. Vinho is one of the most well known and traditional fado houses in Lisbon. With three floors and a contemporary decoration, it offers different environments to enjoy the fado, besides the excellent Portuguese gastronomy and an exquisite table service.

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Parreirinha de Alfama

Parreirinha de Alfama is a fado house with a cozy atmosphere where traditional Portuguese cuisine and fado combine perfectly. This is where the voices of Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Maria da Fé, among many others have already passed.

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Adega Machado

Located in the Bairro Alto, Adega Machado is one of the best-known fado houses in Lisbon. Distributed over three floors is a place that seeks to cross the traditional with the contemporary, both in fado, as in the gastronomy. If you want to know contemporary interpretations of the Lisbon Fado that plunge into the roots of the urban song, Adega Machado is the right place to go.

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O Faia

Founded in 1947, O Faia remains to this day as a reference on Lisbon night. In more than half a century of existence, great names of the fado were habitual presence in this house, starting with the founder, Lucília do Carmo, herself an important figure in the History of Fado and continuing with her son, Carlos do Carmo. Here sang names like Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Fernando Maurício, Ada de Castro, Beatriz da Conceição, Vasco Rafael, Camané, among others. At the table of the O Faia you can discover aromas and flavors in a creative and contemporary cuisine without forgetting the tradition and respect for the Portuguese cuisine.

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Find out a little more about Fado, music of the world, here.

 

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Onde apreciar o Fado em Lisboa

Quando visitar Lisboa aproveite para ouvir ao vivo, o som da alma portuguesa enquanto degusta uma agradável refeição. Aqui ficam cinco sugestões de casas de fado a conhecer.

O fado faz parte da identidade de Portugal e é um símbolo da cidade de Lisboa. Em 2011, foi classificado pela UNESCO como Património da Humanidade, um reconhecimento que muito nos orgulha.

Quando estiver em Lisboa aproveite para ouvir ao vivo, o som da alma portuguesa.

Deixamos aqui cinco sugestões de locais – alguns mais turísticos, outros mais tradicionais e típicos. Há apresentações com fadistas profissionais e com fadistas amadores – o chamado fado vadio – estilos diferentes, mas todos a cantar a Saudade, o Sentimento e o Amor.

Se tiver oportunidade, passe ainda pela Madragoa, onde fica a casa onde viveu Amália Rodrigues, a mais carismática das fadistas e quem levou o nosso fado ao mundo. Com grande presença e carisma natural é a Amália que devemos a imagem clássica do vestido preto com xaile.

Clube do Fado

Situado nas imediações da Sé, no coração de Alfama, o Clube de Fado é mais do que um restaurante, é um local onde se provam boas iguarias da cozinha tradicional, com o fado e a guitarra portuguesa por companhia. Uma referência no universo das tradicionais casas de fado de Lisboa, com um ambiente romântico, decoração sóbria e intimista.

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Restaurante Sr. Vinho

Fundada em 1975, o Sr. Vinho é uma das casas de fado mais conhecidas e tradicionais de Lis­boa. Com três pisos e uma decoração contemporânea, oferece diferentes ambientes para apreciar o fado, além da excelente gastronomia portuguesa e um requintado serviço de mesa.

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Parreirinha de Alfama

A Parreirinha de Alfama é uma casa de fado de ambiente acolhedor onde a cozinha tradicional portuguesa e o fado combinam na perfeição. Por aqui já passaram as vozes de Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Maria da Fé, entre muitos outros.

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Adega Machado

Situada no Bairro Alto, a Adega Machado é uma das casas de fado mais conhecidas de Lisboa. Distribuída por três pisos é um local que pretende cruzar o tradicional com o contemporâneo, tanto no fado, como na gastronomia. Se quiser conhecer interpretações contemporâneas do Fado de Lisboa que mergulham nas raízes da canção urbana, a Adega Machado é o local certo.

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O Faia

Fundado em 1947, O Faia mantém-se até aos dias de hoje como uma referência na noite lisboeta.  Em mais de meio século de existência, grandes nomes do fado foram presença habitual nesta casa, a começar pela fundadora, Lucília do Carmo, ela própria uma figura importante na História do Fado e continuando com o seu filho, Carlos do Carmo. Aqui cantaram nomes como Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Fernando Maurício, Ada de Castro, Beatriz da Conceição, Vasco Rafael, Camané, entre outros. À mesa do Faia podem-se descobrir aromas e sabores numa cozinha criativa e contemporânea sem esquecer a tradição e o respeito pela cozinha portuguesa.

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lisbon

Lisbon is the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, Here are 8 interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal.
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Lisbon, the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, has so much to visit and to show beyond the obvious. There is so much to discover and here are just some interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal. In the meantime, you can always make a good impression on your friends with these fun facts!

1 – Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills (Castelo, Graça, Monte, Penha de França, São Pedro de Alcântara, Santa Catarina and Estrela). This designation goes back to the time of the Roman occupation, in which it is affirmed that Lisbon would have been founded under seven hills, like Rome. In each hill, we can find several belvederes with unique and magnificent views of the romantic capital of Portugal.

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2 – The Lisboetas are known as “alfacinhas” because in the time of the Arabs, the “alfaces” (lettuces) were cultivated abundantly in Lisbon. In fact, the word “alface” is of Arabic origin.

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3 – In the basement of Lisbon there are the enigmatic Roman Galleries of Baixa, unknown by the tourists and only open to the public for three days a year. The visits this year, will be held on 22, 23 and 24 of September and are already sold out!

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4 –  The statue of Christ the King on the left bank of the river Tejo is a copy of Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, has a height of 28 meters and the monument in total reaches 100 meters in height.

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5 – The Belém area has two buildings classified by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Jeronimos Monastery and the Torre de Belém – formerly guarding the entrance of the boats on the river Tejo.

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6 – Lisbon it’s home to the oldest bookstore in the world. The Bertrand Bookshop has been around since 1732. It is located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighborhood. The bookstore was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake that ruined the city, but was moved to the same location you can find it today and since 1773. And so it came to Guinness as the oldest bookshop in the world still in business.

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7 – Lisbon is older than Rome. Lisbon has been around four centuries longer than Rome and Portugal has maintained its original borders since 1139, making it the oldest country in Europe.

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8 –  The Vasco da Gama Bridge, inaugurated in 1998, is the longest bridge in Europe and one of the longest in the world, 17.3 km long, 12 km of which are on the waters of the Tejo river estuary.

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Visiting Lisbon is in fashion and it conquers more and more tourists every year…It is easy to see why!

Discover Portugal street art and free spirit

The next time you come to Portugal, do not forget to ask where you can find some open-air-museums, with criations of street art and free spirit. You will like it for sure!

When you come on holidays to Portugal you expect to find tasty food, excellent weather, breathtaking scenery, warm water beaches, amazing historical monuments and truly hospitable people.

What you might not be expecting to find is a true open-air museum on the streets of Lisbon and also a bit throughout the Algarve, as we can start seeing on the streets in Portimão, Lagoa or Lagos.

Although graffitis has existed for decades, in recent years, artists have been progressing their works from mere scribbling that were often even visually polluting, to the point that one can in our days even speak of street art.

In Lisbon, the creation of the GAU (Urban Art Gallery) and the 2010 CRONO project, where some of the best international artists participated, including Momo, Blu, Sam3, The Gemeos, and Vhils gave a true impetus to this freedom of creation that began to be quite impressive for the most attentive eyes.

In Portimão, the Mário Belém mural on a side wall of a house in Praça 1º de Maio, in front of the Portimão City Hall, with the theme “Be careful of everything”, is a good example of these ephemeral creations which are more than simple graffitis, but rather, true expressions of a free creative spirit that feels so good to discover when least expecting, when turning a corner.

The following photographs are only small samples of the street art that you can find in Lisbon or in the Algarve.

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Portimão, Algarve Street Art
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Lisboa, Portugal Street Art

So, the next time you come to Portugal, do not forget to ask where you can find these open-air-museum works of art, totally free of charges and so pleasing to the eyes.

You will like it for sure and you will add this to the long list of wonderful things to discover in Portugal.

Feel relaxed, free and cultivate yourself in every way, while you are in Portugal!

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Bike my Side discovering Lisboa Street Art

10 Top things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

Do not worry about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because we have already chosen for you, the sites you should not miss! Get ready!

Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots to do and visit!

Indeed, the list does not end up in only ten things, but for us, just like when going to Rome, you have to see the Colosseum and go to the Vatican, in Lisbon these are places and details you must definitely visit.

So, shell we start your trip to Lisbon right now?

  1. Historical Belém and pastry tasting

Probably, Lisbon most iconic touristic attraction celebrating Portugal glorious past. A delightful combination of historical monuments, fascinating museums and beautiful green parks, all aligned with the cooling waters of the Tejo river.

Tasting the famous Pásteis de Belém at the traditional home of the cake is also something not to be missed. Get ready to face some queues, depending on the time of year, because everyone who visits Lisbon wants to taste these delights!

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  1. Torre de Belém ex-libris of Lisbon and the jewel of Manueline art

Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Torre de Belém was the preliminary point for many of the voyages of the Portuguese discovery age. For the sailors it was the last vision of their motherland.

And Unesco says… Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because:

“It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.” 

As they know what they say, nothing like coming to discover it with your own eyes!

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  1. Padrão dos Descobrimentos a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries

On the edge of the Rio Tejo you can find this remarkable modern monument designed to promote Portugal national self confidence while honouring the great Portuguese explorers. A curiosity… on the court floor in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos there is map, which traces the extent of Portuguese influence around the world. Amazing, hum?

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  1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos the greatest example of Manueline art

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the most complex religious buildings of Portugal!

Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before his impressive voyage to India and the church was used later by the sailors wife’s to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.

It is tremendous! Expect long queues to get inside but it is absolutely worth it.

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  1. Alfama – Mouraria

The oldest and most picturesque part of Lisbon where you can feel the essence of this city, where most of the typical restaurants (like the Houses of Fado) and monuments are concentrated.

Lose yourself in the narrow labyrinthine streets of Alfama and Mouraria and discover  Lisbon’s most charming neighbourhoods.

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  1. Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio is the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon where you must stop for a picture and enjoy the views.

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  1. Baixa-Rossio-Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal, city center

These areas reveal a greater Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755 and like the Champs-Elysees and other immense European boulevards, expect to see a large roundabout and a monument, in this case, to Marques de Pombal, the prime minister responsible to rebuilding the city after the great natural disaster.
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  1. Major belvederes of Lisbon

An essential part of the city’s charm, visiting some of these belvederes it’s almost mandatory. We will not describe much to keep the beauty of the surprise…

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  1. Santa Luzia – Senhora do Monte – São Pedro de Alcantara – Graça – Santa Catarina

Stretching along the slopes of the riverside along the Tejo, Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, offers excellent views from viewpoints on higher points or terraces of monuments. These are some of the most famous, so fix these names!

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  1. Bike my Side Tours in Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep

In fact, you do not need to worry too much about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because Bike my Side, whether in a sidecar, Vespa or Jeep will guide you to know these and other wonders. In a relaxed and fun way, get to know Lisbon, one of the most beautiful European cities. Just enjoy the ride!

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Lá vai Lisboa! Enjoy Portugal popular saints festivities

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. The main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. PeterThe main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

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During these nights people come outside to eat grilled sardines, drink, and have fun in the streets of the popular neighbourhoods, adorned with arches, colourful balloons and scents of basil.

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In Lisbon each “Bairro” do a parade in Avenida da Liberdade, filling the road with music, colour and a lot of people. Alfama, Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa are famous with sings and dances throughout the night. Another high point of these festivities is the procession of St. Anthony, who on the 13th of June leaves his church, located in Alfama, near the Cathedral, in the place where this saint was born, around 1193.

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In Porto, the party is identical in color and joy along the most traditional neighbourhoods, such as Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, Massarelos and others.

But Porto has other traditions: if in the past the revellers beated with leek on the heads of the companions, today they use plastic hammers with the same purpose!

And in addition to the amazing firework that is launched at midnight on the Douro River, colorful balloons of warm air are also launched in one of the most beautiful celebrations of these popular festivities. The night ends  by the beach, to watch the sun rise or for a morning bath, as tradition says.

On June 29, St. Peter is also celebrated, with popular festivities in various localities such as Sintra or Évora, both on the World Heritage list.

Some of these feasts, of pagan origin are associated with the celebration of the summer solstice, featured by dancing, eating and fireworks, all good excuses to take a hop to visit Portugal and discover these traditions so colorful and lively!

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Lisbon always with a cool point of view

Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

Lisbon is really a spectacular city! There is so much to see, to discover and always a cool point of view…

Sidecar tours Lisbon

Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

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Sometimes we do not even have to go very far to find interesting reasons full of stories and secrets from our past.

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And our sidecar is amazing in any photograph, in any environment of our cosmopolitan Lisbon, whether day or night.

Lisbon Sidecar tours with Bike my Side

The joy of our passengers is what moves us and each day, we discover a new and even more cool point of view.

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It’s really worth it to visit Lisbon with Bike my Side.

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