Guided tour

Lisbon: Fado and Food Walking Tour

4.2 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: The Cooltours (Lisbon)

Lisbon: Fado and Food Walking Tour

Activity provider: The Cooltours (Lisbon)

From US$ 94.88 per person

This walking tour combines two things that define the city of Lisbon: traditional food and Fado music.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Listen to Fado in historical neighborhoods, such as Bairro Alto, Alfama, and Mouraria
  • Taste traditional gastronomy and wines
  • Learn about Amalia, Severa, and more iconic Fado performers
Full description
Sailors, fishermen and sea merchants, often away from home, were the pioneers of this musical genre, and would sing this beautiful and yet melancholic music with a zest of "saudade", an emotion of longing or homesickness for their distant loved ones. Currently, Fado is considered part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is more than just a genre, it is a way of feeling and the sung expression of the Portuguese soul. You will pass by historical neighborhoods such as Bairro Alto, Alfama, and Mouraria, to learn more about the traditional aspects of life, so you can get a feel of the city like a true local, a ‘Lisboeta’. During the tour you will try a variety of food samples and wines and get to see real live performances from ‘fadistas’ alongside the traditional sound of the Portuguese guitar. You will start in Bairro Alto, one of the most traditional areas to enjoy Fado in Lisbon. Here you'll have some food samples and a glimpse of the Fado music genre. Afterwards, you walk towards downtown and go through Mouraria, one of the most traditional districts in Lisbon, where according to the traditions, the first lady who sang Fado for the first time was born: Severa. Discover the Mozarabian district and it's narrow streets, full of charm. Here you'll get a cultural insight into this music genre and some more food and drink samples. You finish this tour with a beautiful walk around the castle hill towards Alfama and you will have a diverse food tasting along with a Fado Show. You'll feel like a true Lisboeta.
  • Local delicacies
  • Live Fado performances
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The meeting point for this tour will be at Largo do Camões (near the statue) – no pickup.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • Please wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear for the tour and in winter, it gets cold, so make sure you bring a jacket
  • At the end, choose whether to stay at the final restaurant or follow your guide to the nearest taxi stop or metro station
  •  Please be reminded that there may be more than 1 language spoken during the tour (maximum 2 languages)
  • If you have any food restrictions, please inform the supplier in advance so they may have time to make necessary arrangements
  •  This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, it is not recommended for people with back problems or mobility impairments
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 6 as they will be required to be completely silent during the musical performances
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Unfortunately we didn't get what we booked. We were led through the city for 1 hour, the guide played a few songs from his cell phone, dropped us off at a restaurant with fado music where there was a menu. For the price paid of 85 euros, definitely not what we booked. I would not book again.

March 6, 2022

Great, 100% recommended

Very interesting tour, in addition, the guide, Tania, made it very enjoyable and was a great connoisseur of Fado and Lisbon. We had a fantastic evening and in very good company. An evening to always remember !!

June 27, 2019

Simply great.

Tania gave us great background information and showed the best places. The fado singers were great, the food was great and the hosts were very nice. An interesting and successful evening

May 27, 2019

Product ID: 195620