Fado in Porto - Caves Calem

Fado in Porto - Caves Calem

Fado in Porto - Caves Calem
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Fado in Chiado is a live Fado show – an excellent way to discover culture and the city.Fado is Portuguese and was born in Lisbon. It was adopted by Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of Portugal, with a strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon.The hour-long Fado in Chiado show features talented artists – a singer and two musicians (Portuguese guitar and classical guitar) – performing Fado and the music that makes it the national song. The live performances are accompanied by images of unique must-visit locations in Lisbon. It is said that Fado combines nostalgia (saudade), Portuguese pride, hope and conformism in a musical style epitomised by Amália Rodrigues. On account of these unique characteristics, Fado has now been declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.Fado in Chiado takes place daily* in the very centre of Lisbon. The hour-long show is the ideal suggestion for seeing live Fado and then taking advantage of the night to discover more of the city.
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Anonya C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The English guided port tour was fast and very poorly run. We took it on October 5th, 2023. It seemed not like a wine tour but multiple groups being herded like sheep. At one point, it was so crowded that we got lost and followed a different group. We missed half of the tour because the lady guide just ran through the explanations and if you were at the back you could not listen. When we went to the tasting room again there were multiple tables with no explanations of the wine we were tasting. There were only 2 wines, one tawny and one red ( instead of the four port varieties) that we were expecting. Not only this, even though we had got our tickets from Calem directly and well in advance, we were put at the back and could hardly see the singers. Our entire experience was ruined due to the way we were treated, as if we were on a manufacturing belt. It was disappointing to say the least and ruined our evening.
Written 5 October 2023
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liz
Cheltenham, UK22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This place simply doesn’t live up to the reviews. It’s very rare that I write a poor review but I feel that on this occasion I must. Firstly the positives, the building is fabulous, seeing where the Port is stored is really interesting and the interactive style exhibits are good (if we had any time to explore them). The Fado music was okay, it was pleasant to sit and watch for a while but there wasn’t any real passion from the performers and being lovers of flamenco we found this a little dull and left early. The most disappointing element was the tour. It was only 10-15 mins long. The guide wasn’t very good at all. She spoke too fast, walked and talked so that those at the back of the group couldn’t hear and all in all we left feeling very underwhelmed. We were then given two glasses of port and some dry crackers and left to wait for 15 mins for the Fado to begin.
For €20 this wasn’t good value for money and I would recommend spending the day on a tour in the Douro if you want to learn about Port and this wonderful country.
Written 30 October 2021
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you're a serious wine taster, then this might not be for you as the Fado show is a main attration, not the wine tasting, as the two small wine glasses, without any explanation what you're drinking, would not satisfy the wine tasters. But after brief Calem wine cellar tour, you would sit down in a room with views, thru small circular windows, to the river and the other side, Porto. Try to grab a table to the right side of the stage along the windows. Fado itself lasted about 45 minutes. It is a bit "lighter" - in song selection - Fado that I've heard previously or at other places, but it was very nice. I went there in late January and i was told the show starts at 6:00PM, but when I called to reconfirm (they don't send you what time you should come), I was told to come 15 minutes to the hours to exchange the voucher. When we got there, the front desk lady put down specific time for each event on my ticket for us. Come to Calem at 5:45 PM and visit Museum, then meet them in the lobby at 6:00 PM for English tour. Then at the conclusion of the tour, you would be sitted for the Fado show. The restrooms are right outside of the Museum, to the left of the lobby. The Museum is very nice and you would get a sense of the region and port wines. Your Fado show ticket would let you in for Museum.
Written 30 January 2020
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mpigliucci
New York City, NY123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We chose the Calem winery in order to support one of the smaller producers (as opposed to obvious choices like Sandeman), and since my wife likes fado music we figured why not? We were, however, a bit weary of the combination, obviously aimed at tourists. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised. The tour of the facility was informative and entertaining (excellent guide, perfect English), the wine tasting was good, and the fado show, featuring two musicians and two singers, was very professional. Highly recommended.
Written 7 July 2019
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Erica S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
My husband and I did the port tour, tasting, and fado show while on our honeymoon in Porto 2 weeks ago. It was really fun! It wasn't the most thorough tour or tasting, but we weren't really looking for that. We're more casual wine drinkers, so we appreciated just the brief overview. The fado show was great - very talented musicians! Calem is also in a great location right along the river near the Dom Luis bridge, so the views from outside are beautiful.
Written 25 August 2018
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JulieandAmira
Birmingham, UK46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We pre-booked this as Calem seemed to be a popular Port House and we wanted to experience a Fado in the short time that we were in Porto. Unfortunately this was by far our worst experience of the whole trip.

The port samples which were offered were of the lowest quality and you had no opportunity to upgrade or change what you were tasting. It was so bad I actually left my glass. As one of us is professionally studying wine and port we can say with credibility this was the worst Port in Gaia/Porto.

The tour itself was boring, the guide gave misinformation and seemed more interested in telling us that Callem was "the most visited" in town which might have more to do with the fact that it's first off the bridge then any reflection on quality. Half our group weren't listening and walked off he was that dull.

The fado itself was just a tourist show. We sat on long wooden benches and people were constantly told to "shush" although there was no management of the audience - including when one woman stood blocking the view to film the singer on her mobile phone. The musicians were good - the singers were woeful - but to be honest if I had to perform like this to audiences behaving in that way I'd find soul destroying too. There was a rush to leave at the end!

Do yourself a favour and drink better port in other Port Houses and try Grahams or Cockburns for a quality tour.
Written 24 June 2018
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megustapinchitos
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Caters exclusively for tourists. The fado setting wasn't anything near authentic, and that was not the fault of the singer. One of the guitar players cheered (was possibly forced to) a couple of times with his portwine glass. So the whole tour (our guide acted somewhat like a tape recorder) in the cellar and the portwine tasting was arranged to lead the customers to the wine shop. But we bought a bottle and were happy. Just be aware that you will get a veiled sales pitch and will get very little authentic experiences. If you want to experience fado, go to Lisbon and choose a random Bairro Alto restaurant.
Written 25 July 2016
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Wonderfulworld159
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Fado,Portugese blues, is one of the many fabulous things about Portugal and is a must attend. If you look in bars and cafe's you will see notices advertising Fado performances. Make sure you go! It's not necessary to pay to see Fado we attended two very good free concerts.
Written 16 October 2014
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HOKito
Madrid, Spain79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking for something different, we chose this Fado show with wine tasting. A full Fado show was too long for us and we had been previously in a wine tasting in Porto, so this activity was a perfect match. Wine cellar visit lasted 30 minutes and the Fado show 45 minutes. The whole activity is not too long and enough to taste a couple of glasses of Porto wine.
Written 5 April 2022
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Hillary B
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This show was a real highlight of our time in Porto. It started with a very informative tour of the wine cellars that explained how the wine is made. Then we went upstairs and enjoyed beautiful Fado singing from a male and female performer. We sampled 2 types of Calem wine and some nibbles. Portions of drink were quite generous. The show was the perfect length (not too long but not so short that you don't feel that you have got your money's worth). It was good value for money and we really felt that we had experienced the local culture. A must-do for anyone visiting Porto,
Written 26 October 2021
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