Celebrating fado, flamenco and food

Fado singer with two guitarists

Fado at Vádio

Café Vádio, in Lagos, will be hosting two evenings of fado this weekend, September 2 and 3.

A traditional form of music, fado is instantly recognisable. The most famous of fado singers, who brought fado to the international stage, is Amália Rodrigues with Mariza more recently introducing it to a wider audience.

Click here to learn more about fado, which was granted World Heritage status in 2011.

Flamenco Festival

For three evenings, starting September 15, Flamenco can be enjoyed at the Lagos Flamenco Festival.

In its 20th year, the festival celebrates the Spanish art of dance with passion and soul.

The shows start at 9.30pm. Tickets cost €12 each and are available at the Lagos Cultural Centre where the festival is taking place. Drop in, for directions click here, or ring 282 770 450 to organise your seats.

Rota do Petisco

The month-long festival celebrating Algarvean gastronomy is due to begin on September 14.

A “passport” is required to enjoy the festival. Costing €1.50 each, the passports can be bought at participating restaurants, tourism offices and other outlets.

With over 200 restaurants/cafés across the Algarve taking part, the passport allows visitors to check the menu at each venue together with a description and details of each establishment.

The idea is that participants enjoy small savoury dishes or desserts, each priced at €3.50 and €2.50 respectively. Both options are served with a choice of drink. Each establishment will stamp the passport to show that you have been – you can visit again if you so wish.

An excellent way to experiment and enjoy local cuisine, and also visit places that you perhaps wouldn’t have thought of seeing.

This year 11 boroughs are taking part: Vila do Bispo, Aljezur, Lagos, Monchique, Portimão, Lagoa, Silves, Albufeira, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira.

For more information click here.

Join us this month in celebrating all that is great in the region; fado, flamenco and food.

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