Fado Free Tour

The True Sound of Lisbon

“Fado” comes from the latin fatum and it means “Fate”. As fate would have it, Fado became our song and the easiest way to explain the Lisbon soul.

In our Fado Free Walking Tour the guide is replaced by a Fado singer that will take you on a journey through the different moments in the history of Fado, but above all will guide you through a musical style that needs 5 senses to be felt. We will ask you to close your eyes and listen with your heart.​


Enjoy Lisbon’ old neighbourhoods and immerse yourself in our true culture. You can visit all the monuments and all the history but you’ll never really understand our way before you do the Fado Free Tour.

Despite being classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, in this tour you will hear about Fado of Portuguese people and also listen to it.

“The point is to feel Fado. Because you do not sing Fado, it happens. You don´t understand nor explain Fado, you feel it.”– Amália Rodrigues

Groups of 8 or more are always welcomed. In this case we require a prepayment of 10€ per adult and 5€ per youngster under 18.

Children under 14 are free of charge. This principle results from the need to protect and value the level of quality and dedication we demand of our Take Lisboa local guides.

To attend the Fado Free Tour booking is required. 

What will you see in our

Fado Free Tour?


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 many other stories.

Praça da Figueira


Monday | 5.30pm

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Please Note: Participation in our tours is strictly on a voluntary basis. Take Lisboa and the guides will not be responsible in any way for injuries to body and/or property incurred during the tours. Take Lisboa reserves the right of admission to any tour. Please come prepared for walking and for the weather conditions. An adult must accompany children under 13. Activity License 1399/2016.

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