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Lisbon Fado Free Tour

2.5 h
Printed or Digital Voucher

Fado is the most emblematic and traditional Portuguese musical expression. In this free tour in English you will discover the history of Fado in Lisbon and walk through the streets where it originated with an expert guide and Fado singer.


  • Walk through the places where fado originated in Lisbon
  • Learn about the history, influences of fado and its meaning
  • Witness an outdoors live fado performance
  • Discover the legacy of Amália Rodrigues and the new generation of fado singers




It’s impossible to understand the essence of Lisbon without first knowing what Fado means. The Fado Free Tour in Lisbon is the only tour of its kind that will immerse you in the soul of Lisbon and the feeling of a musical expression that gives meaning to the word saudade.

Way more than a simple tour through the streets of Mouraria and Alfama, this free tour is led by a Fado singer, who in addition to sharing the exciting stories and legends about it, will give a Fado performance with the narrow streets of Lisbon as the backdrop.

After meeting your guide at Martim Moniz Square, the gateway to the Mouraria neighborhood, we will begin a tour in which you will learn to feel and understand Fado, a musical expression that arose organically among Portuguese sailors who wept and mourned for homesickness. Perhaps something you didn't know is that the word fado comes from the Latin "Fatum", which means destiny.

You will learn about the Moorish, maritime and Brazilian influences that gave birth to the current fado, its different genres and the history of the one who is considered the first fado performer: Maria Severa.

Once in the Alfama neighborhood, you will discover how a musical genre that was classified as "marginal and poor" was further categorized as a National Song, and led to the stardom of one of its greatest representatives: Amália Rodrigues, considered the "Queen of Fado". You will also learn about the effect it had on Portuguese politics, the meaning of its lyrics and the representatives of the new generations of Fado.

The tour ends near the Fado Museum and before you say goodbye, your guide can give you tips on where to go to hear the best Fado in Lisbon. Without a doubt, the Fado Free Tour is one of the most original and interesting tours you can do in Lisbon. 

How much does this Free Tour cost?

The free tours do not have a set price. Book for free and at the end of the tour, each person will pay the amount they consider fair according to the degree of satisfaction and the quality received.

You will be in the company of professional and passionate guides who will do their best to make your experience extraordinary, different and entertaining. 

Meeting Point

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Saúde. R. da Mouraria 38, 1100-341 Lisbon.


  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Lisbon
  • Professional tour guide in English
  • Entrance to monuments
  • Tips


  • The use of comfortable shoes and clothes is recommended. The entire tour is done on foot.
  • The tour is not accessible for people with reduced mobility.
  • Group reservations of more than 7 people are not allowed.
  • The maximum allowed is 3 children per adult.

Additional Info

If your group is larger than 7 adults and you have made several separate bookings under different names, (but all for the same group), before starting the tour you will be asked to pay 10€ per adult and 5€ (under 18 years old).


To enjoy this activity you will need to present the printed or digital voucher.
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