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“Best Fado show in Coimbra”
Review of Fado ao Centro

Fado ao Centro
Ranked #2 of 85 things to do in Coimbra
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Owner description: 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!
Berkeley, California
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“Best Fado show in Coimbra”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stumbled upon this place on our hike up to the University and decided to buy tickets for the 6pm show later that day, despite the fact that we already had reservations for a fado "club" for that night. I am a big fan of fado, and Fado ao Centro did not dissapoint! The singer was fabulous and the instrumentalists were excellent. I could have listened to them the entire evening! We did end up going to the fado club later that night for more wonderful music, but I would say that if you have only one chance to experience fado in Coimbra, go to Fado ao Centro - you won't regret it!

Visited September 2012
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

The museum is lovely and the staff very welcoming. The fado was interesting, in an intimate environment. The port tasting was abundant and of a good quality. A must visit.

Visited September 2012
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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“Don't miss this show!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

We went to the show at 18h and it was surprising. The person who gave us information was very helpfull. Explained a little of Coimbra Fado history and its academic traditions.
The most surprising was the quality of musicians! The singer has an amazing voice domain. The place is not touristic. The location is on the famous street of Quebra Costas. Do not miss this show!

Visited August 2012
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“Coimbra's traditional music”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys good music. Fado is the tradicional music of Coimbra and it was beautifully executed by these guys.

Visited August 2012
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Venray, Limburg, Netherlands
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“A pleasant way to get acquainted to Fado de Coimbra”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Guided by João Farinha [in Portuguese, English and French] we experienced a tour through the Fado tradition of Coimbra, which is different from the more known Fado from Lisbon. These are very good musicians, working hard to spread the knowledge of and love for this musical style. A taste of Port wine after the concert creates an opportunity to communicate with the musicians and learn more about their music.
We strongly recommend a visit to Fado ao Centro!

Visited August 2012
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