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Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

1. Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

Learn about the uniquely Portuguese musical form of fado with a live show in the intimate surroundings of the Casa do Fado. Enjoy a glass of port wine as you hear more about this aspect of Portuguese identity, declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Be transported to the Porto of old with a trip to Casa do Fado, a project developed by friends who love the music genre. Choose between two Casa do Fado venues in the historic center of Porto: the Ribiera, a 19th-century cellar, or the Sé, a former guitar luthier workshop. Listen to outstanding musicians as they perform live in a venue with acoustics ideally set up for fado. Sip on a glass of port wine, the drink that Porto is famous for, as you hear more about the music and its origins.

Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine

2. Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine

According to Amália Rodrigues, the great fado singer, "The point is to feel fado. Because fado is not sung, it happens. It cannot be explained, only felt." The project "Fado by Casa da Guitarra" intends to offer to you the essence of this musical genre in an evening of enchantment and wonder. During the hour-long concert, you will come in contact with very unique Portuguese cultural elements - fado, Portuguese traditional stringed instruments, wine - all of which are deeply related with Portuguese history. The acoustic fado performance takes place in an intimate setting with a female leading singer, accompanied by a Portuguese guitar player and a guitar player (playing a viola de fado), who occasionally lends his voice to the fado songs. A traditional port wine will served during the interlude to round out your evening.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

3. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

Porto: City Tour with Fado Show Dinner and Night Lights

4. Porto: City Tour with Fado Show Dinner and Night Lights

Be collected at your accommodation in Porto and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan to begin your city tour of Porto. Start with a drive that explores Porto and its beautiful waterfront. Then, learn about the city’s blue-collar roots, that helped create its rich tradition, on a walking tour around the city center. Pass by some of its most iconic monuments including Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookshop, and S.Bento Train Station.  After this, cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia and discover Porto’s most famous industry, port. Visit a port wine lodge and have a traditional port wine-tasting. Listen to the guide explaining how the port industry produces the world’s best fortified wines and drink up a few varieties of port. Continue to a traditional restaurant for dinner and enjoy a traditional Fado show in one of the most typical neighborhoods right in the heart of Porto. After enjoying the traditional dinner and filling your soul with the Fado music, relax as you continue your sightseeing tour. Visit some of the most iconic monuments in Porto, with their night lights on. After a day uncovering Porto’s culture and history, return to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 340 reviews

The show was wonderful, we enjoyed it very much the guitarists were great and the singer was excellent, we received a good explanation about the roots of the fado music and songs, the place itself has unique atmosphere and acoustics, a lovely glass of port wine was the icing on the cake, most recommended

This was a unique experience to listen to traditional Portuguese music live. Though we could not understand the lyrics, one could tell the emotions expressed in the songs. It was a worthwhile show to attend.

Quite small stony wall cellar with intimacy. Singer, portuguese guitar and acoustic guitar fado concert with traditional fado songs. It's astonishing how much emotion is on the air. An memorable hour.

If you are unsure about going to this experience, you'll do yourself a favor going. It is simply a must and we will definitely go again. The artists are really talented and make you have a great time.

Interesting story about the port wine but the real stars were the fado performances