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FADO
FREE TOUR

Lisbon Fado Free Tour
The True Sound of Lisbon

If you want to understand the Lisbon soul, our Fado Free Tour is the tour you were waiting for. This free tour is a plunge into the essence of Lisbon and its people and has received international awards for its originality. This Take Lisboa free walking tour is not simply a stroll around the Lisbon neighborhoods of Mouraria and Alfama. The guide is also a Fado singer and she will tell many stories about Fado but also sing to you in the narrow streets of Lisbon Old Town. The Fado Free Tour begins in Rossio where the statue of King Pedro IV, first emperor of Brazil, stands tall looking at the river Tagus. It is a fortunate coincidence since one of the origins of Fado most disruptive thesis states that Fado was born in Brazil and descends from the song lundum.  As we start climbing the hills of the Moorish district Mouraria, our guide will tell tales about the Portuguese sailors and how they mourned their homes in distant seas across the world. Did you know the word Fado comes from the Latin word fatum, which translates to fate? The alleys and patios of Mouraria and Alfama are the perfect scenery to introduce to you the rituals of Fado, the many different genres inside this genre and stories about the first Fado singer Maria Severa. As we venture into the Alfama district, we will reveal how a marginal song from the poorest neighborhoods of the city ascended to the status of National Song and a dictator cleverly took advantage of this. We will share with you the surprising origin of the Portuguese guitar and how a simple girl from the neighborhood of Arroios called Amália Rodrigues achieved the status of Queen of Fado. "All that matters is to feel Fado. Because Fado is not sung, it happens. Fado is felt, not understood, not explained." This is quote from Amália Rodrigues herself. We could not agree more. This is why our guide also sings during the tour. We will discuss topics like Fado and Salazar, it’s downfall after the 25th of April, what is a genuine Casa de Fado (Fado House). We will explain some Fado lyrics, debate its origins and go into Fado’s resurrection with new performers like Ana Moura, Carminho or Camané. But in those moments during the tour when you listen to Fado we want you to feel it.  This is definitely the city’s most original walking tour and as you can see we will go over 200 hundred years of Fado while walking around the old neighborhoods of Lisbon. We will finish near the Museum of Fado and at the end you will also be rewarded by our guide’s advises to list to the best Fado in Lisbon. Take our Fado Free Tour and feel the Lisbon soul inside you forever.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fado Singer Guide

  • The Origin of Fado

  • Moorish, Maritime and Brazilian Influence

  • Severa and XIX Century Fado in Lisbon

  • The Portuguese Guitar and it's surprising ancestor

  • Fado and its symbolic codes

  • Fado's expansion in the early XX Century

  • Fado and the New State Dictatorship

  • Different types of Fado

  • Amália Rodrigues: Fado's Greatest Revolution

  • New Generation of Fadistas 

  • ...and much more!

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Other Information

Group Policiy

 

 

 

Minimum number of participants.

Groups of 7 or more are always welcomed. In this case, we require a prepayment of 10€ per adult and 5€ per youngster (14 - 18 years). This principle results from the need to protect and value the level of quality and dedication of our guides.

 

Please note that this Free Tour only takes place with a minimum of 4 adult participants.

How long does the Free Tour take?

In what language is the Free Tour?

The Free Tour lasts around 2h30. 

 

​The tour is exclusively in English.​

What's included in the tour?

What's not included in the tour?

The tour includes a local English-speaking guide expert in our history and ready to give you great tips to make your stay in Lisbon unforgettable.

 

The tour does not include transportation, entrance to monuments or meals.

How do I book the Free Tour?

You can book your Free Tour by clicking the Book Now button on this page, then choose the date and complete the booking form. You will receive your confirmation immediately. If you have any difficulties please contact us by email, phone or Whatsapp:

hello@takefreetours.com | +351 914 059 080

Is booking mandatory?

​Booking is usually not mandatory you can just show up at our meeting point and join the Free Tour. Although it is recommended especially during public holidays and festivities, at such dates you should book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.

How do I get my ticket?

​Once you book the Free Tour a Booking Confirmation is sent by email. If you do not receive the confirmation email check your spam or contact us.

You do not need to print the confirmation, you can present it to our team on your phone/tablet at the beginning of the Free Tour.

Is the Free Tour accessible?

No. This Free Tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.

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