Join a Lisboeta man of letters on the search for saudade, the uniquely Portuguese emotion that permeates Lisbon’s art and literary scenes.
An emotion that can’t quite be captured in a single English word, saudade is a form of nostalgic or melancholy longing. It’s been a preoccupation of Portuguese artists and writers for centuries, and actor, writer and playwright Francisco Gomes knows all about it. On this tour, you’ll trace the story of saudade through Mouraria and Alfama, discovering Portugal’s equivalent to Shakespeare, visiting the birthplace of equally mournful fado and hearing tales over wine and Portuguese snacks.
Man of letters
Francisco Gomes is what the Portuguese would call an Alfacinha, the term used to describe someone who is born and bred in Lisbon. After graduating in marketing and advertising, he spent 20 years working in those fields – but during that time, fell ever more under the spell of the theatre. Today, he’s a professional actor, acting teacher and published writer. Most of all, he’s a gifted storyteller who excels at bringing his home city’s rich history and culture to life.
Discover the influence of saudade as you visit cultural monuments, hidden tavernas and forlorn fado bars.
- 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Start Time
- Tours run between the hours of 14:30 and 17:00
- Call our travel specialists 24/7 on 1 800 464 2040 or contact us to find availability
- Experience location
- You’ll be meeting Francisco at a famous café in Chiado; we’ll send you the exact details in your booking confirmation.