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José Guia

Hi there! My name is José and I was born and raised in Lisbon, but I've been travelling around the country since a very young age, trying to discover as much as possible about it, which eventually led me to work in this industry, assisting others who want to know more about this Southern European paradise called Portugal!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I am specialized in crafting unique and bespoke travel experiences to discerning travelers and despite being based in Lisbon, I cover the whole country from North to South, including the islands of Madeira and the Azores.
I am constantly looking for new, exclusive and exiting experiences to offer to my travelers, as well as carefully inspecting all the hotels and properties I work with. This is one of my secrets to guarantee I only plan memorable trips!
Experiential and Slow Travel are my main focus, and this is exactly what I offer to everyone who decides to give the me the pleasure of planning their trip: tailor-made luxury travel services focused on authentic and exclusive experiences.
For me, it is all about experiencing a destination by really connecting to its history, culture and, most important, people, in truthfully authentic ways. Due to my deep knowledge about the destination and my personal connections, I'm able to offer you not only this, but also those off the beaten track locations, hotels, restaurants and activities that will result in a bespoke itinerary, specifically designed for you.
This is the essence of what I do and what I believe will make your experience in Portugal one that you will cherish forever!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Traveling is one of my biggest passions, but the more I traveled the world, the faster I realized how fascinating Portugal is and how much potential it has as a Tourism Destination!
There was a time in my life where living abroad seemed the right thing to do, but instead of doing what everyone else did, I decided to stay in my country and start a company dedicated to show people the best of what Portugal has to offer! That was when I started my own company, to show the most authentic sides of my home country, through unique experiences that have a direct impact in the local communities. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"As an experienced traveller, there's a myriad of stories I could tell you. However, one thing that traveling around the world has taught me is that no matter where I go, Portugal will always be my favorite country to visit!

From herding a herd of goats with a Portuguese shepherd in the mountains of Peneda-Gerês Nature Park, followed by a workshop of goat cheese making with him; to harvesting grapes to producing my own wine or even having dinner at one of Portugal's most famous painter's place — experiences that allow me to connect with the local communities are my favorite! "

José is part of the following groups: Portugal Travel Agents
Ponta do Poiso waterfall on the north coast of the Madeira, Portugal
14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Portugal gives you ample time to enjoy the highlights at a relaxed pace. Spend time in both Lisbon and Porto — complete with private guided tours and gorgeous day trips — while also adding time further afield, on the beaches of the Algarve or on an island like São Miguel in the Azores. Take a road trip, explore the Douro Valley, or tour the broader Iberian Peninsula by combining Portugal with neighboring Spain in one vacation. Read on for more unique itineraries.

Lagos, Portugal
7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week in Portugal, you can see the highlights of Lisbon and Porto, or enjoy a deeper exploration of a specific region like the Algarve. You can also let your interests inform your trip: History buffs can enjoy private guided tours of palaces and pilgrimage sites, foodies can taste Douro Valley wines and take hands-on culinary workshops, and active travelers can enjoy day hikes to cliffs, forests, gardens, and mansions. Read on to get inspired by these unique trip plans for every type of traveler.

Portugal in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Portugal in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

One of the finest months to visit Portugal, October brings a riot of fall colors and some glorious clear days. While rains begin to fall on the north, the south is still largely sunny, making this a terrific time for coastal hiking, slow touring in the rural interior and even the odd beach day. The crowds are drying up in the cities and at the country's Unesco World Heritage sites, too, making this the perfect month for exploring in peace.

The sun sets over the Ria Formosa and Faro
Sailing the Algarve: Lagos to Faro - 4 Days

Spend four days enjoying nature and the Algarve coast on this relaxed itinerary. Enjoy sweeping views of the coastline from Lagos to Albufeira, taking in stunning rock formations and pristine beaches, stopping to snorkel, swim, and paddleboard as you like. End the trip in Faro after sailing through the Ria Formosa Natural Park, spotting endemic wildlife, exploring islands, and picnicking on Culatra Island.