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A NIGHT OF FADO
Once in Mouraria, you'll have the chance to visit the house of fado pioneer Maria Severa, who born, lived and sang in these streets in the 19th century. This is followed by a visit to Graça viewpoint, where everyone can enjoy a breathtaking view over Lisbon. The group then walks further into the picturesque Alfama, where the tour ends shortly after. However, there's time to visit a fado house, where the group is invited to dine and listen to a fado show. This tour lasts five hours and includes dinner and a concert (restaurant to be decided). It takes a minimum number of two people and happens from Monday to Saturday.
HOUSE MUSEUM AMÁLIA RODRIGUES
The visit to Amália Rodrigues House Museum begins right in its living room, where a 19th century guitar, sever recordings and awards won throughout Amália's carrer are kept in pristine condition. The next stop is the dining room, whose table is set and ready for an evening party. The visit peaks with a passage by Amália's sleeping room: here lay the singer's intimate belongings, such as perfumes, dresses, shoes and jewels. This tour through the house and memories of Amália Rodrigues is done with the help of a guide and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Fado Museum also exhibits the paintings O Fado, by José Malhoa (1910), the tryptic O Marinheiro by Constantino Fernandes (1913) and the lenticular panel O Mais Português dos Quadros a Óleo, by João Vieira (2005), all of them depicting fado's bohemian environment. Fado Museum holds countless testimonies as well, among which are newspapers, photographs, posters, scores, instruments, phonograms, stage costumes and props, trophies and professional cards. This museum holds temporary exhibitions and houses a school that promotes fado interpretation and Portuguese guitar studies.
TASCA DO CHICO
The tables are easily filled up with tourists from all backgrounds and ages, mixed with local fado lovers. When the house fills up (which is very common), people pile up at the door, waiting for an opportunity to come in (the entrance is not paid, you only pay for what you consume). Therefore, it is advisable to arrive early to get a seat but you should still be prepared to share your table with other spectators. To accompany the fado, you can have a beer or taste the sangria. For snacking, there is caldo verde (cabbage soup), different cheeses, sausages and roast chorizo. In 2009, Tasca do Chico opened a branch in Alfama (rua dos Remédios, 83), which hold true to the spirit of this first one. Here, fado is heard between Thursday and Sunday.
TASCA DO JAIME
During these fado's evenings, there is a succession of voices, aided by a microphone that drops from the ceiling and is passed from hand to hand, giving an opportunity to every single singer. All of this happens in the typical style of Lisbon's old taverns. On the walls are visible numerous photographs that recall the fado's ambience and history. Consumption is made up of pitchers of red and green wine and various petiscos (snacks), such as the famous pastéis de bacalhau (codfish cakes). The owners, with their sympathy, encourage an ambience of relaxation and conviviality. Because of the large turnout, it is advisable to arrive early to Tasca do Jaime on the fado's days, to ensure a seated table inside.
BELA DE ALFAMA
One can say that Bela's décor is quite atypical, especially because all the tables and chairs are different. Plus, the pieces that coat the walls have been picked from the street and properlly restored. Additionally, Bela asks the artists who come to her restaurant to draw a caricature that she then hangs on the walls, accompanied by several mirrors. Another original detail is the menu, displayed on empty bottles. In Bela, locals and tourists often get together, while others come and go from this already famous fado spot. All this animation grants Bela a very own liveliness that can last from dusk until dawn.