Program - Sightseeing - Lisbon - Portugal
Lisbon’s version of the blues

The story about unique Portuguese music genre. "Fado is the musical expression of the Portuguese people. It’s a mirror of our identity, culture, and history, and you won’t hear it anywhere else,”

Fado (literally: “fate” or “destiny”) is Lisbon’s version of the blues, marked by vocals dripping with heartache accompanied by a Portuguese 12-string guitar. Originating in the streets of the city’s Alfama neighborhood in the 19th century and influenced by Moorish songs, each eruptive ballad evokes the Portuguese emotion of Saudade–a yearning or longing for something lost.

“Fado is the musical expression of the Portuguese people. It’s a mirror of our identity, culture, and history, and you won’t hear it anywhere else,” said ;Sara Pereira, the director at Lisbon’s Museum of Fado, which chronicles the music’s origins. Ask any Lisboeta and they’ll tell you that of one the city’s must-do experiences—and most seductive charms—is to thread the capital’s twisting alleyways, slip inside a steamy restaurant or bar, and listen to Portugal's soulful national soundtrack.

Lisbon is having a moment. Once a sleepy secret with its back to Europe, Portugal’s sun-drenched capital has emerged from the global recession to become one of the world’s hottest destinations. In fact, the city’s recent architectural renaissance and affordability have lured so many visitors to admire its Azulejo-painted facades, ride its vintage tram cars, and photograph its overlooks of the city.