Discover the emblematic Portuguese musical tradition of fado on the streets where it was born on this free walking tour of Lisbon.
Free Fado Tour of Lisbon
At 5:30 pm we'll meet in Praça da Figueira ready to begin learning about the history of fado on a free walking tour of Lisbon.
"You feel it, you don't understand it and you don't explain it", said Amália Rodrigues, a singer known as the Queen of Fado, of the traditional Portuguese music genre. We'll get to feel it for ourselves as we delve into the streets of Mouraria, the district considered to be the birthplace of fado.
Strolling along Rua Capelao, we'll discover the portraits of a number of famous fado singers, including Argentina Santos or Fernando Maurício. We'll then follow in musical footsteps up Beco do Jasmin and Beco das Farinhas and take in the incredible views from the Chão do Loureiro and Santa Luzia viewpoints.
Reaching the Alfama neighbourhood, we'll hear about the recent history of fado and how the genre has been reinvented in recent decades. Did you know that the music was banned under the Salazar dictatorship?
Our free walking tour of Lisbon will come to an end in front from the Fado Museum at 8 pm.
It is not possible to book this free tour of Lisbon for groups of over 6 people. If you want to explore the Portuguese capital with an exclusive guide just for you and your group, take a look at our Private Tour of Lisbon instead.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 20 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
2 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (9:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Praça da Figueira.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.