A tuna is a group of university students in traditional university dress who play traditional instruments and sing serenades.
The tradition originated in Portugal in the 13th century as a means of students to earn money and food.
Nowadays students don’t belong to a “tuna” for money nor food but seeking to keep a tradition alive, for fun, to travel a lot and to meet new people from other universities.
A senior member of a tuna is a “tunante”, but is usually known simply as a “tuno”.
The newbies are known as “caloiros””novatos” or “pardillos”. Do you want to discover Portugal in a private tour?