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Porto: Traditional Fado Show at Ideal Clube de Fado

1. Porto: Traditional Fado Show at Ideal Clube de Fado

Meet a collective of professional Fado artists who share a passion for the pure and classic Fado and enjoy an intimate concert that combines all the aesthetics and authenticity of this music genre. There are two types of Fado shows: Every day at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, you will hear the pure Fado show dedicated to the most authentic tradition of classic Fado. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9:00 pm, you will hear tributes to historic Fado artists and concerts dedicated to specific thematics such as love, "saudade", dark Fado, white Fado, etc... If you want, you can arrive at the venue early for the opportunity to chat with the musicians. Listen as they tell you about the different types of Fado and learn what makes this genre so special. During the concerts, you'll listen to a traditional music style that is far removed from the commercial Fado that is often found in tourist hotspots. This is the only venue in Porto which is fully dedicated to authentic and artistic Fado. This aproach is defined by improvisatio and it's a musical invitation to contemplate the nature of existence and to express joy and sadness in a celebration of life. During the concerts you will hear around 12 Fados and 2 instrumentals songs of portuguese guitar, an exquisite instrument that you must listen if you're coming to Portugal. Before the concert starts, you will be offered a glass of Port.

Porto: 4 Artists Fado na Baixa Performance with Port Wine

2. Porto: 4 Artists Fado na Baixa Performance with Port Wine

Four artists, male and female Fado singers and top musicians, open their hearts and invite you to get intimate with Fado in all its unique and different expressions. Immerse into the experience, with hand-picked personal testimonials in various languages, and see Fado up close and personal. Experience first, traditional Fado, a highly marketed and intense style from Lisbon, where it all began. Then, enjoy the stylings of the unique Portuguese Guitar while tasting a Tawny Port. Listen and witness the nuances of the Lisbon and Coimbra playing techniques. Discover the Coimbra Fado genre, completely unique to the Portuguese people and sung live by a male singer, a former student at the Coimbra University, as tradition demands. Then, in the fourth segment, discover Amalia Rodrigues, the queen of the Portuguese Fado. Watch how she transformed traditional Fado and brought unprecedented recognition. Finally understand how Fado survives and thrives through the years. Through different poetics, fusions with other musical genres, and honoring tradition, Fado is preserved, as you will see by the end of the show. Arrive early and informally get together with musicians and Fado singers as they arrive at the venue.

Porto: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

3. Porto: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

Learn about one of the most influential artists of all time with this brilliant multimedia production. Historical photographs and original movies will guide you through different sounds and environments, reproducing moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and showing the story behind the icon. This experience is divided into two distinct stages. In the first, walk by several artistic installations, experience virtual reality, and create your own customized Frida model. In the second, immerse yourself in a 360º audiovisual show displaying some of the most unique moments from the artist’s personal life. You'll walk away fascinated by the life of Frida Kahlo, whose rebellious spirit and talent still inspire women of all ages due to her strength and unique personality.

Porto: Historic City Center Walking Tour

4. Porto: Historic City Center Walking Tour

Get a better appreciation of the beauty of Porto on a guided tour of the historic city center. Admire the typical architecture of the city as you discover its main sites. Meet your guide in front of the magnificent cathedral, and then stroll to São Bento Train Station to look at its artistic murals. Marvel at one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world at the Livraria Lello, and see the remains of the medieval city walls. Encounter lovely houses with amazing azulejo tiles, along with artistic shops full of local crafts and 19th-century gardens of fragrant flowers. Walk beside the River Douro and discover charming areas, such as Pena Ventosa and Vitória Hill.

Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

5. Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

Explore Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its grounds with your entry ticket. See why the entire landscape and architectural heritage were classified as a National Monument in 2012.  Enjoy different parts of the museum, which consists of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (both designed by the architect Álvaro Siza), Serralves Villa (a unique example of Art Deco architecture), and the 18-hectare Serralves Park, which was recently complemented by the pioneering Treetop Walk: an elevated walkway close to the treetops. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Pritzker Prize winner. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions by leading Portuguese and foreign artists, concerts, dance shows, and performances, among other activities. Enjoy the 18-hectare Serralves Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, is a unique example of Portugal's landscape heritage. It consists of a wide range of spaces: formal gardens, woods, a traditional farm and the Treetop Walk. Try something different with the Treetop Walk — designed by the architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Carlos Castanheira — an elevated walkway in the treetops, which enables impressive observation and study of the biodiversity of Serralves Park. Experience the Manoel de Oliveira House of Cinema, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, which shows off the work of Portugal's most-famed director with exhibitions, film series, and conferences. The Serralves Villa is a unique example of Art Deco architecture with leading European furniture designers such as Émile Jacques Ruhlmann, René Lalique, and Edgar Brandt contributing to the interior of Serralves Villa.

Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

6. Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

Enter this unique space and enjoy a truly immersive artistic experience. You'll be able to pause and watch art projections and see how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. Celebrating some of history's most esteemed artists, current displays include Il Divino Michelangelo, Il Genio Da Vinci, Impressive Monet, and Brilliant Klimt. You will be able to access two of these (depending on option selected). The Immersivus Gallery Porto is located in the Porto Customs House. It aims to be a unique artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offerings of the city. The space is transformed into a monumental canvas with the content projected in 360º. Watch as the Furnas da Alfândega do Porto is turned into a monumental screen where you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history.

Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

7. Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

Learn about the history of Porto as you walk along its medieval streets on a 3-hour guided tour. Discover its most important buildings, visiting monuments dating from the 12th to the 19th century. Admire the Cathedral, Clérigos Church, the São Bento railway station, Aliados Avenue, the Bolhão Market, the Carmo and Carmelitas church, the Lello bookshop and others. See the wooden rabelo boats that have been used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River. Marvel at the interior of the Lello bookshop, often called the most beautiful library in the world.

From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

8. From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

To start the tour, you will be picked up at your Central Hotel in Porto. You will then head to Aveiro (the journey takes about 45 minutes). Aveiro is a Portuguese city located in the central region of Portugal, and is considered the small Venice of Portugal. It is an important urban center, port, rail, university, and tourist attraction. Start by exploring the city of Aveiro by passing through the main buildings of Art Nouveau and local places of the city. Explore the historical center and visit the Fish Market. Enjoy a cruise for about 50 minutes in one of the typical boats of the city — a Moliceiro (traditionally used for algae harvesting) — and take a look to Aveiro Salt Ponds. After that, pass by New Coast, enjoy the typical striped houses, see the Barra lighthouse and São Jacinto dunes. Along the way, you will appreciate the stork nests you find. The second city you will visit is Coimbra. Coimbra is a city on the waterfront in central Portugal, and is the country's old capital. It houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Walk the paths with your guide to the historic center of the city. Visit important landmarks such as the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. If you select the option with monuments admission, visit the interiors of Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off again at your hotel in Porto.

Porto: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

9. Porto: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Ribeira, Porto's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Rua das Flores, Mercado Ferreira Borges, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of Porto. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Porto: Half-Day Street Art Tour

10. Porto: Half-Day Street Art Tour

Are you into street art, urban art and graffiti? Want to see great pieces by local artists? Would you like to talk about the local scene with a Porto resident? If you said yes to these questions, then you should definitely take this tour.  Walk around the city to see some of the most famous works by local artists like Vhils, Hazul, Costah, Lara Luís, Miguel Januário and Chei Krew among others. Learn about how the local scene developed and its complex relation with City Hall. After seeing the most celebrated pieces, head to some hidden places to discover new works and discover the alternative side of Porto.

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What people are saying about Porto District

The building was a bit difficult to see, but it was a small and intimate gathering that made the night even more special. The artists were amazing and came from three generations of Fado singers and players.

Joseph was an excellent driver and host and created a very relaxing day for us. Comfortable car, pleasant conversation, flexible as needed. A very good value and enjoyable trip.

Very relaxed session and outstanding musicianship and Singers on display, for lovers of live Music is a must

Wonderful musicians and singers. A surprising and entertaining show. I would recommend for all ages.

It was really good when history and fado itself took turns. I got a good understanding