Short Guide to Portuguese Music


After visiting so many wonderful places, it’s time to party! And what can be more pleasant than being carried back in time by the rhythms of Portuguese music, back when music was more than entertainment, when it represented a way of life. So put your dancing shoes on as you will discover a short guide to Portuguese music.

Portuguese traditional music

Who did not hear of the famous Portuguese music style called fado? This main traditional music, that means fate in Portuguese, evolved from the period of the golden age of exploration becoming very popular in the 19th century, especially in the poor communities. The variety of emotions displayed by this national pride overwhelms the audience and transposes it into a different world. Whether it is performed by a singer or by a group of singers accompanied by guitars, the beautiful sadness characteristic of fado makes it one of the most appreciated and unique music styles in the world. “The art of Amalia”, performed by the well-known Portuguese artist Amalia Rodrigues, is the most popular fado album in the world. For those who are interested in the history of Portuguese music, Fado museum is the perfect place to be. You cannot visit Portugal without entering the best fado restaurants and bars. Casa de fado, Clube de fado, Perreirinha de Alfama or Senhor Vinho should be on your entertainment list.

Another Portuguese musical heritage is the Azorean folk music, called fiddle-driven chamarrita, that still preserves the distinctive sounds from the colonies of the former Portuguese empire. From the Minho traditional music, revealing the Celtic influence in the coast of Portugal, to the rhythmic and cheerful Pimba music (a mixture of Latino and accordion sounds), the Portuguese musical heritage is rich and diverse, expressing the diversity of emotions and feelings that are, after all, part of people’s lives.

Modern Portuguese music

Although it preserves its national musical values, Portugal registered a cultural modernization in the last decades observed also in the entertainment industry and in the night life. So, if traditional music isn’t your scene, prepare to enter the fanciest, most exquisite and luxurious clubs, as a “Short Guide to Portuguese Music” will reveal you where the party people in Europegather for a night to remember. Lux, the Loft or Op Art are the most fashionable and selective clubs in Lisbon where celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Prince enjoyed a special Portuguese clubbing night. If you are into live performances and concerts then the hot spot to be is the former cabaret, Maxime.

Portuguese music festivals

Those who consider that Portuguese don’t know how to have a good time, should think twice. The various music festivals are witness to their passion for music and having a good time. From the Super Bock Super Rock festival, the biggest rock festival in the country, held in May, to the Vilar de Mouros Summer Festival (for more than 30 years it gathers the best artists in the world to perform in front of thousands of people) organized in July, the entire year offers more than one occasion to party. Besides the festivals we also have the carnivals, similar to the Brazilian ones, so party and party again.


Regardless of the time of the year you want to come or the music genre you prefer,Portugalis an amazing destination for having fun and experiencing cultural diversities. So you should just go for it!

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