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Fado ao Centro

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Address: Rua de Quebra Costas n 7, Coimbra 3000-340, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 239 837 060
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00

Fado ao Centro is a Cultural Association of Fado from Coimbra, opened from...

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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Fantastic Show

Bought tickets at the theatre on the day of the show. The performance is for an hour and they provide a glass of Portuguese wine at the end. There were two guitar players- one on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought tickets at the theatre on the day of the show. The performance is for an hour and they provide a glass of Portuguese wine at the end. There were two guitar players- one on a regular guitar and the other on a Portuguese guitar. The two singers were also fantastic. The show was an hour long and my understanding... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you don't speak Portuguese this is something you shouldn't miss in Coimbra. A well balanced prestentation in words and music about the history and the value of the fado from Coimbra. And with just 50 minutes they found the right time span.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The performances at the Fado ao Centro were top-rate, with excellent musicianship and vocal artistry. The program itself is only about an hour long, so it does not require a full evening, and there is plenty of time afterward for dinner. If you have heard any Fado while visiting Lisbon, and if you like Fado, of course, you should definitely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The performance is awesome; thoroughly professional in a homely atmosphere ! All of my questions were answered with adequate explanations and historical anecdotes. I visited Coimbra in 2015 . The field "when did you visit" does not permit me to go beyond Dec 2015

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended a 50 minute concert at Fado Ao Centro in late Sept. 2016. A month later, I am still thinking of the music. I am writing this because right now I am listening to the music on youtube. I thought I should write to tell others that the musicians are top notch. I am usually more of a Rock... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Four of us booked this through reception at our hotel Space is very limited with only 32 seats. What a wonderful local experience. The show is about an hour and performed by very talented singers. Everything is explained in very good English. The evening is finished off with a glass of port in a small courtyard.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We managed to pick up tickets at the door as we were passing by just when the show started. The show is about 45 minutes long and then concluded with a nice glass of Tawny Port - a great way to start off the evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you are thinking that this would be amateurish presentation put on by some students you are really wrong. This was an awesome Fado show with some very talented current and past students. The shows sell out quickly so I recommend that you order your tickets on line and show up by 5:30PM to pick them up and pay for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We visited Coimbra's Fado Centre in the middle of August with our daughter and grandchildren aged just 13 and almost 11 years old whilst they were holidaying with us. We were made very welcome indeed by the young lady hosting our "show". Whilst it only last 50 minutes or so it was worth every cent! The singing was superb with... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

After listening to a Fado concert in Lisbon - and enjoying it very much - we decided to enrich our experience with Fado de Coimbra. The recommended venue was Fado ao Centro. From the first moment it was a disappointment. Two guitarists were clearly amateurs - very far from being virtuoso players. The singers were much worse; one of them... More 

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