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by EvaLara

Hello everyone,

By any chance do you know a place in Lisbon where one may listen and enjoy good quality fado music ? Live possibly?
My trip is scheduled for the beginning of February.


Re: Fado?

by alza

Hi Mihaela,
Yes I know of such a place. I was in Portugal this summer and found a good fado restaurant in Barrio Lapa called Senhor Vinho. If you wish, see my review of it on my Lisbon page here.
Here's the link direct to Senhor Vinho. Top quality fado!

Have a great trip to Lisbon, beautiful white city!

Re: Fado?

by EvaLara

Thank you, Lou, for the suggestion - I've already marked it in my agenda :)

Re: Fado?

by EvaLara

Dear Pedro, your suggestions are also very helpful :). I'll try my best to arrive at least in one of the places.

Re: Fado?

by LisbonSky

+ Mesa de Frades, located in an old chapel (XVII century) in Alfama area, in Rua dos Remédios, 139, tel. 351 917029436;
+ "A Baiuca" which have a modest family atmosphere and the Fado is what we call "vadio" (loosely translated as vagrant / vagabond but that means "amateur" in fado's language) and the nice thing is that anybody may get up and perform. The space is small (and the food it's basic but honest) but overall it's one of the most original Fado experiences in Lisbon. Rua da Barroca, 86. Bairro Alto
+ Maria da Fonte, another of the same type . A little bit more fancy.
+ Senhor Vinho in Lapa district -here the singers/players are always a great deal although the price is slightly larger (30-40 euro). Nevertheless you can go just for the music and 2 glasses of wine (15 euro).
+ Parreirinha de Alfama, nice and cosy at Alfama, Beco Espírito Santo, 1, Tel: 351 218868209. + Clube de Fado", Rua de S. Joao da Praca, 94, Alfama.
+ Os Ferreiras at 150-152 RUA DE S. LAZARO; 00 351 21 885-0851 (fridays and saturdays).
+ O Faia is on Rua de Barroca 54/56. There's a bit more information at
+ Casa de Linhares is in the Alfama district - Beco dos Armazéns do Linho; The voices are strong, mournful, rich, and expressive. The food is good too but the service is exceedingly slow. Web site is
+ You can visit the Museu do Fado (in Alfama close to the fountain "Chafariz de Dentro"). They are open 10am-2am fri-sun and if you are lucky maybe they have a nice performance there.

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Travel Tips for Lisbon

Get a metro map, there's a...

by snmred

Get a metro map, there's a underground system, a trolly system and a bus line. One of the three will take you anywhere you want, easily. Sitting at a cafe next to the Governor's castle (sorry, I'm horrible with names but it's the largest on the highest hill) and watching the sunset over the bay while sipping a beer with a good friend.

Santa Engracia

by barryg23

One of my favourite spots in Lisbon was the rooftop of the Santa Engracia church. It had been a long day exploring the sights of Lisbon and we got to the church an hour before closing time. We sat down on the rooftop with the evening sun keeping us warm and stayed there for a long time just taking in the fantastic views of the Alfama, the rest of the city and Cacilhas across the river.

See the city from the Castle. ...

by Branco

See the city from the Castle. Think in Lisbon as the older city in Europe... imagine what people have lived here, generations and generations for centuries. Just a resume´...

60BC Julius Caesar makes Olisipo (present-day Lisbon) the western capital of the Roman Empire.

AD711-16 Moors invade the Iberian peninsula, capturing Lisbon; under their rule, 'Lishbuna' gradually becomes an important town.

1147 Afonso Henriques expels the Moors with help from the crusaders after the Siege of Lisbon.

1150 The Sé (Cathedral) is founded.

1260 Afonso III moves Portugal's capital from Coimbra to Lisbon.

1494 Treaty of Tordesillas is signed, dividing the 'New World' between Spain and Portugal.

1495-1521 Reign of Manuel I - Portugal's Golden Age of wealth and power.

1496 Jews are expelled by Manuel I (bad decision... the jews were gone to Netherland...).

1497 Vasco da Gama discovers sea route to India.

1500 Brazil comes under Portuguese control.

1580 Spanish take possession of Portugal; Philip II of Spain is crowned Felipe I of Portugal.

1 Dec 1640 Portuguese nobles revolt against the Spanish with success.

1640-56 King João IV, first of the Bragança dynasty, rules Portugal.

1668 Spain accepts Portugal's independence under the Treaty of Lisbon

1 Nov 1755 The Great Earthquake; subsequent fires and tidal wave destroy most of the city (and country).

1755-56 Marquês de Pombal sets about rebuilding Lisbon and modernising the Government.

1807 Napoleon's army enters Lisbon; the royal family escapes to Brazil, leaving Portugal under the protection of Wellington and Beresford.

1811 Napoleon's forces are driven out of Lisbon.

1821 King João VI returns from Brazil.

1901 Lisbon's trams begin operating.

1908 Dictatorial king Dom Carlos is assassinated, but the Republican coup fails.

1910 The monarchy is overthrown and King Manuel II takes exile in Britain.

1932-68 Dr António de Oliveira Salazar rules what is essentially a police state as prime minister.

Apr 1974 Major Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho leads the Movimento das Forças Armadas in a bloodless coup.

1974 New government gives colonies independence; a partial result is a huge influx of refugees.

1986 Portugal joins the European Community.

1988 Fire destroys much of the Chiado district.

1994 Lisbon is elected European City of Culture.

1998 Lisbon hosts Expo98 (The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future).

1 Jan 1999 Portugal joins the European Monetary Union.

young fadista

by EviP

I met a local musician who recommended to go and watch fadista Raquel Tavares perform. As I met him the last day I was in Lsibon, I didn't have the time to see her live. But I bought her cd and I was not disappointed at all!

Sporting Lisbon

by globetrotter_2006

There are two major soccer teams in Lisbon: Benfica & Sporting Lisbon. The Sporting Stadium is right next to my Grandparents home, and as a young kid my gradfather took me in to see the stadium several times.


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