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Fado ao Centro

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Address: Rua de Quebra Costas n 7, Coimbra 3000-340, Portugal
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+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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Very interesting if you want to learn about Coimbra Fado in a good atmosphere! Good quality and friendly people!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting if you want to learn about Coimbra Fado in a good atmosphere! Good quality and friendly people!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

i'm a fan of closing my eyes when listening to music and i must admit i was impressed by the two musicians and vocalist,and even if you haven't heard fado before this is in my opinion from the several other times i've heard it in portugal as good a place as anywhere to introduce you to fado.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

FaC was created a few years ago in an attempt to introduce visitors to Fado and to the history behind the music. It succeeded. Intimate atmosphere, great music, and I left more cultured. Get tickets in advance. I just walked over in the morning before heading elsewhere for the day, and it wasn't a problem (off-season)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful performance conducted by students or former students of University of Coimbra. Also learned a lot about the history of Coimbra Fado. Port wine provided at the end.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Great experience! Great voices and instrumentalists! fado from Coimbra is so different from fado in Lisboa! There is a lot of history in fado as well. Whenever you go to Coimbra - do NOT forget to go to Fado ao Centro!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Love the atmosphere... The host was very presentable... Worth the €10 for 50 minutes show... The intro presentation helps to give some insight to first timer... Great show...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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 20 November 2016 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 18 November 2016

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 15 November 2016

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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