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Fado ao Centro

Rua de Quebra Costas n 7, Coimbra 3000-340, Portugal
+351 239 837 060
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Worst part of otherwise great Coimbra

Huge rip off. Same as what you can hear on the street. If anything, these kids are worse. Got there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Copper Canyon, Mexico
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One of the best things to do during Portugal vacation!

One of the best things I'd done during my Portugal vacation. I'm still listening their CD since I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Fado ao Centro is a Cultural Association of Fado from Coimbra, opened from Monday to Sunday (10am to 7pm). Located in the historical center of Coimbra (Rua Quebra Costas),the entrance to the photo exhibition about Coimbras University tradition & informations are for free. Also have Fado shows everyday, with a recreation of a Live Serenade, that everyone can experience for a small amount of money! A magical space with a unique atmosphere were you can find the most genuine and traditional Fado from Coimbra everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Only the best musicians of the city play in Fado ao Centro and they are selected according to the highest standards of this 160 year old tradition. Even if you can't witness the concert, don't miss the oportunity to visit our space and get to know a little bit more about Fado from Coimbra. There are always musicians playing and rehearsing so you can change experiences and learn more about the Portuguese Guitar and this unique musical tradition. Bewtween 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. we have the "Afternoon Rehearsals" with our regular musicians. You can always pass by, watch them play and anyone that want's to bring their own instrument is also welcome to join! At 6:00 p.m. we start our daily 50 minute long concert of Fado from Coimbra. If you are interested in attending our concert, we strongly advise you to make a reservation in order to ensure your seat. We don't serve any kind of food, so we are totally committed to the concert itself, enabling a genuine atmosphere and unique cultural and musical experience in Coimbra! Following the work that has been held by this Cultural Association, you'll find different exclusive editions of books, CDs and DVDs related to Fado from Coimbra. Fado ao Centro(R) is, undoubtedly, a place to visit in Coimbra!
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Rua de Quebra Costas n 7, Coimbra 3000-340, Portugal
+351 239 837 060
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge rip off. Same as what you can hear on the street. If anything, these kids are worse. Got there 10 mins before the show and was seated in the last row -- couldn't even see the performers. Fado should be sung outside anyways.

Thank ndjdjsu
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best things I'd done during my Portugal vacation. I'm still listening their CD since I am back. And yes, right now in the exact moment!

Thank RosySilk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the experience a lot and recommend it to anyone who would like to have an initial Fado encounter. It is well organised and one singer was really good!

Thank 22,25,239
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This show recreates the musical experience of Fado a unique singing and guitar music that has had limited success out of the Portuguese speaking world. Its part of the culture so go and enjoy

Thank Topgum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the Fado concert. All musicians and singers were very talented. I agree that it is a show for tourists, but it doesn't make it less interesting. It's awesome to see the new generation learning and keeping Fado alive.

Thank dvasconcellos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This music should be experienced as part of Portuguese culture and tradition. The music was enjoyable and well done with a variety of themes. At the end, we were offered port to try.

Thank HappyTravelerCathie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well-spent hour of entertainment and education located in the historic center of Coimbra. The setting is intimate with 20 - 30 people max.. There was an opportunity for more discussion following the performance over a glass of port.

Thank les s
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I had taken the train from Lisboa, arriving in Coimbra around 12 Noon, checked into my hotel and started wandering through the streets of Coimbra. I had asked about Fado in Coimbra, and the hotel had suggestions, including a 18.00 hour one at Fado ao...More

Thank In_Search_of_Roo
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This was a really cool way to learn about Fado from Coimbra. It was started by university students and alumni. You learn about the history of it, purpose of the songs, and how it evolved over time. The musicians were incredibly talented. Email them to...More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Fado au Centro is located near the centre of the historic part of town which makes it really convenient. However, the auditorium style seating makes you feel less connected to the music. Also its a 'show - targeted at tourists' and includes some gimmicks that...More

Thank Nikhil_A_Pai
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28 April 2016|
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Response from CaliforniaNana | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did not make reservations (not sure if you can do that) but happened to be in the neighborhood about half an hour before a performance so we got tickets at the door. Then went for a restorative beer! This was in... More
Kristine C
15 September 2015|
Response from Fado a | Property representative |
Hello Kristine, You can book for the live show of Fado de Coimbra (Monday to Sunday) to 6PM ( Ticket price = 10 eur/person). You can book shows anytime by appointment, (> 8 people), from 10am (morning). All performances of... More
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