Add dates

Bairro Alto Shows

Our most recommended Bairro Alto Shows

Lisbon: Live Fado Show with Appetizers

1. Lisbon: Live Fado Show with Appetizers

Discover, Fado one of the most famous cultural institutions from Lisbon. Get lost in this sad music that is a representation of the spirit of Portuguese culture. Get goosebumps while feeling this experience for the first time. Watch the show in a typical Portuguese restaurant and hear legendary stories told by a local guide. It is said that fado combines nostalgia, Portuguese pride, and hope, in a musical style epitomized by Amália Rodrigues. Due to its cultural importance and unique style, this musical form was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Fado Music of Lisbon 3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour

2. Fado Music of Lisbon 3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour

Learn about the origins of fado music on a 3-hour walking tour of the Lisbon neighborhoods where it originated. As you explore, you will be accompanied by a live fado singer and guide. Experience the magic of Portuguese fado, a form of music listed by UNESCO as of “World Intangible Cultural Heritage.” An important part of everyday life in Lisbon, there is no better way to learn about Portuguese culture than through a close encounter with fado in the nation’s capital. You will go to some typical fado houses, where fadistas have earned their living for decades. Wander the alleys and squares around Praca Martim Moniz, a multicultural part of Lisbon that is off the usual tourist route. Discover local taverns instrumental in the history of fado culture in the Mouraria district. Then, stop for a delicious meal of caldo verde (a traditional Portuguese soup) and barbecued chouriço (spicy sausage), served with bread and wine in one of the authentic fado houses of Alfama.

Lisbon: Fado and Dinner Walk

3. Lisbon: Fado and Dinner Walk

Start your Lisbon walking tour of this whimsical city by joining a local guide in one of the city's most imposing squares, the Praça do Martim Moniz. This famous landmark honors a nobleman that sacrificed his own life to help the Christian conquerors of Lisbon in 1147. At the starting point to this tour through Lisbon's musical and culinary heritage, the home of a fusion market that celebrates the multiculturalism of the neighborhood of Mouraria. Take in sweeping views of this intoxicating city from the viewpoint of the Castle Hills, some of the city’s best-kept secrets. Explore Alfama’s small squares, rustic buildings and dark alleyways as you wander along the winding, cobblestone streets. Stop to breathe in the exciting atmosphere as the local taverns and music venues come to life for another evening of melodic tunes and gastronomic delights. Stop to reflect on the beauty of the River Tagus then continue on to finish this Lisbon walking tour in a small restaurant that serves up daily doses of delicious food and Fado music to enthusiastic audiences. Sample a traditional Portuguese dinner and wine while appreciating a performance of Fado Vadio (amateur Fado), a quintessential Lisbon experience that you won't get on other Lisbon tours! Visit the heart of Fado's heritage from the old district of Mouraria. Try a sip of ginjinha, Lisbon's trademark liqueur, while listening to Fado at a local tavern. What a fitting finale to this indulgent Lisbon walking tour extravaganza!

Lisbon: Fado and Food Walking Tour

4. Lisbon: Fado and Food Walking Tour

Sailors, fishermen and sea merchants, often away from home, were the pioneers of this musical genre, an emotion of longing or homesickness for their distant loved ones. We want to take you on a walking tour through the historical neighborhoods of Lisbon where fado has its roots so you understand the traditional lifestyle of the city and to feel the vibe of the city. Walking through the most emblematic places for Fado and for “fadistas” , where this music genre became famous, first as the sole of Lisbon but today a whole Portuguese identity. We start at Bairro Alto, where Fado became famous among the high classes, heading next to Mouraria where, according to the traditions, the first famous fado singer was born: Severa. Next is Alfama where Fado can be heard in every corner and where you will have a delicious Portuguese meal and a live fado show. Silence fado will be sung.

Available activities

Frequently asked questions about Bairro Alto Shows

What are other things to do than Shows that are worth visiting in Bairro Alto?

The other unmissable things to do in Bairro Alto are:

Which Bairro Alto Shows are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Bairro Alto

Want to discover all there is to do in Bairro Alto? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Bairro Alto

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 58 reviews

This was a sure highlight of our trip, which included memorable activities and events in Morocco and Portugal. It was really cool to learn all about Fado and walk the streets where it all began. Having Rhuka (sp?), a real Fado singer, perform at various stops along the way was beautiful and very moving. Our guide was wonderful, informative, passionate and really engaging. We learned so much, enjoyed seeing the nooks and crannies of parts of Lisbon, really enjoyed the singing and history and the dinner and longer performance at the end was a great cap. This is a really intimate and engaging experience that my son and I highly recommend.

Our tour was great. Not only did our guide, Hugo, possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the Fado genre and its famous singers, but Hugo arranged for an actual Fado singer, Ruca, to accompany us and sing numerous Fado selections as we toured Alfama on our way to a Fado restaurant where we heard four more excellent Fado singers perform. When Ruca sang as we wound our way through the maze of Alfama streets and alleys, local residents came to their windows and doorways and joined us in enthusiastically applauding his singing. We highly recommend Hugo’s Fado tour.

Excellent experience. We met our guide on time. He took us to the venue, explained everything about the history of Fado and prepared us for the experience. Very knowledgeable and a very nice person Loved the place. Small and intimate. Singers and music were true representatives of the Fado music. Just the perfect way to experience this music. Wine and tapas were Ok. We had a great night.

Our guide Franco was outstanding explaining the whole experience & very kind with the group

I enjoy it emensly. I can now tick it off my bucket list.