The Fado Museum pays tribute to Fado. Throughout the museum, visitors are invited to discover the history of Fado, from its origins in the 19th century up to present.
Amália Rodrigues is perhaps the most famous and beloved of the Fado performers. She's the woman who moved Fado from the streets of Lisbon into the international spotlight.
An abstract piece of art hangs in the main gallery. It is difficult to tell the subject of the piece until you are up close.
This exhibit is a replica of a Fado restaurant which line the streets of Alfama.
The Portuguese guitar or Portuguese guitarra is a plucked string instrument with twelve steel strings, strung in six courses of two strings.
Art depicting different Fado scenes is displayed throughout the museum.
Posters and Other Memorabilia on Display.
For more information, check their official website.
Hungry after your visit? I highly recommend Solar 31 just around the corner. I've been several times and the grilled Polvo is delicious!
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One of the first things I did when I arrived after moving here in May was to get the Navegante Card.
The Navegante Metropolitano pass is a fixed monthly pass, valid for the whole month for which it is purchased, valid in all regular public passenger transport services, in all 18 municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area, will have a price of 40 euros (if you are 65+, it is half the price). For example, the holder of the Navegante Metropolitano pass can go from Setúbal to Mafra or from Sesimbra to Vila Franca de Xira, using any public passenger transport service operator with a single pass.
So far, I've taken the metro (the first that I mastered), the train (to Belem, Carcavelos and Cascais) and the tram.
Details of my experience
I didn't have an appointment, so I took a number. Waited about one hour only to be assigned to a women who was quite rude and dismissed me when I didn't have my photo. The woman who was showing me the ropes and went with me said that they took her photo there. When she questioned her about it, she got even more testy.
We asked the person who handed out numbers where to get a photo taken. He gave us directions. By now it was lunch time and the photo place was closed for lunch so we decided to get something to eat as well.
We went to Padaria do Bairro just down the street from where I need to get my photo taken. I had the Prato do Dia (dish of the day), Bacalhau (cod fish) with a cream sauce with salad and a drink for €8.50. Bacalhau is one of Portugal's most treasured dishes and you'll find it everywhere you go.
After we finished eating, it was time for the photo place to reopen. A few minutes later and €6 out of pocket, we headed back to the Loja.
The line was even longer and we were unsure if we had to take another number so we asked the person who told us where to take the photos. He gave us a ticket, but for the priority lines. Another 15 minutes and we were next.
Unfortunately, I got the same lady. But, her attitude changed drastically. She still wasn't overly friendly but at least she wasn't darn right rude. (So far, this is the first and only encounter with a person like this. Everyone else has been friendly and pleasant.)
We wondered if someone overheard and talked to her about. it.
1 Photo - they give you back. It’s just to photograph for the pass.
Proof of Adress - I brought my apartment lease.
I paid €52.50 - €40 for the monthly fee and €12.50 for the card it self (one time fee) - using my Portuguese credit card (really a debit card since the money comes directly out of my bank account.
You can renew it for the following month after the 26th of each month on any of the machines in the metro stations.
To add money for zapping, you just make that selection and pick an amount that you want to add to the card instead of the 40€ monthly fee. You might want to do this if you won’t be in the area for that month or part of the month.
Unless I plan to be gone for more than 2.5-3 weeks, I’ll just renew it as usual.
Traveller, chief taste-tester and food finder and retired expat living in Lisbon, Portugal.