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São Jardim

I have been passionate about travel from a young age, naturally from Madeira Island, a small hidden gem in the middle of the Atlantic, I always wondered what was beyond that blue sea!
I started to discover my country while traveling with my sports team, and will always remember those first trips, the thrill of getting into a plane and discovering new places. Before the internet, GPS and Google maps… I would see tourist with a map in their hands looking lost, and I remember feeling that urge to help, and that smile and thank you at the end was everything!
My initial studies were far from being connected to hospitality, I later traveled and lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland and completed my degree in Tourism & Event Management.
My passion for service and hospitality combined with my personal wide travel experience, allows me to understand and manage guest’s needs and expectations providing them with a Splendid and unforgettable experience!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in all travel in Portugal, the Azores, and Madeira Islands, designing special and distinctive tours for each guest! Either a luxury retreat, a relaxed holiday or an adventure exploring the nooks and crannies of Portugal, or why not immerse yourself in unique workshops discovering and tasting the flavors of my country!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"It all started with a summer job helping out my sister in a Destination Management company in Madeira Island and that summer job turned into my passion!
After a few years, I wanted more and traveled to the UK where I lived, studied and worked within the travel and events industry in a luxury events company, Golf Tour Operator and International Events. I then returned to Portugal as I realized that the knowledge and love I have for my Country allows me to show how beautiful and unique it is!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Every trip will always have something that is unforgettable when you find the perfect combination of - a destination with who you are traveling with, is in itself something extraordinary!
However I can point out a few experiences, back in my home Island driving through the mountain in early dawn to watch the beautiful sunrise in Pico do Arieiro – how peaceful; Scuba Diving in Porto Santo Island and as a highlight my first trip to São Tomé e Principe, an archipelago just of the west coast of Africa was truly memorable; "

São is part of the following groups: the Azores Travel Agents, Portugal Travel Agents
Lisbon, Portugal
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Indulge your tastebuds in this tour of Portugal's gastronomy and wine, starting in vibrant Lisbon with a visit to the famous Mercado do Livramento in Setúbal, followed by a wine tasting tour in the charming city of Évora. Next you'll explore Portugal's rural countryside with visits to a historic olive grove, a cork farm, and the humble Schlist Mountain Villages, plus take a cooking class amongst the ruins of Marialva and drive out to the gorgeous vineyards of the Douro River Valley. End your trip in Porto where you'll watch the fishermen barter their daily catch and tour a sardine cannery.

Sunset in Lisbon, Portugal
Highlights of Portugal, From Lisbon to Porto - 8 Days

Discover the highlights of Portugal in this week-long tour, starting in the bustling city of Lisbon where you can explore historical streets, eat traditional cuisine, and enjoy live Fado music. Visit the charming towns and monuments of Sintra, Óbidos, and Tomar, as well as the gorgeous Douro Valley Wine Region for a river cruise and wine tasting. Visit one of Europe's oldest universities in Coimbra and head north to Porto, where you can watch fishermen barter their daily catch, tour a traditional sardine factory, and eat local delicacies.

The beachside resort of Cascais
Magic of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days

Embark on this tour of Lisbon and nearby sites to discover the reasons why people come back to Portugal over and over again. Enjoy new flavors and dishes in Lisbon, visit the unforgettable Chapel of Bones in Évora, explore the incredible palaces of Sintra, and more on this four-day itinerary.

Marinha Beach in Portimão
Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days

This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.

The glow of sunset along Portugal's coast
Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, & The Algarve - 10 Days

Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration, that includes ample time is Porto and Lisbon, and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hot-spot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve. 

Lisbon, Portugal
Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley, Algarve - 14 Days

Experience the beauty, depth, and romanticism of Portugal, in this 14-day road trip that will show you the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches.  You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairytale village of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.