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Vanessa Pinto

A Portuguese in love both with Portugal and Spain, since my mother side of the family comes originally from Seville. I Studied Tourism at University and got a degree as an Interpreter Guide precisely because I knew that my true passion was to travel and to be in contact with many different cultures. And that’s exactly what I did for three years, having now returned to tell you all about it. Indeed to tell you about the secrets and hidden gems that are only familiar to a native. I also traveled through America, Europe and Africa yet it is in this little corner of Europe that I really feel happy and from where I believes, can turn your tour into truly unique experiences. I currently live in a coastal town on the outskirts of Lisbon.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in Portugal, Portuguese Islands and Spain and can cover almost all activities available in both countries - gastronomy and wines, culture and heritage, sports and adventure."

How did you get involved in travel?

"From an early age I spent most of the weekends and family vacations driving around the country with my parents and sisters. Going to college to become a tour guide was the first step into travel. I have worked as a tour guide for 2 years and 10 years as a travel consultant."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will need to share two experiences: the first one spending 10 days with my fiancee on the road around Northern Portugal and discovering the quaint little villages and old Palaces and just enjoying delicious food and great wines and a second one to São Tomé e Princípe, a true paradise on earth."

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Madeira Island's northern coast
Porto, Lisbon & Madeira Island - 14 Days

This epic Portugal tour highlights two cosmopolitan cities and a stunning mid-Atlantic island—part of an autonomous region—known for its tropical foliage and eternal spring-like weather. You'll kick off in Porto, home of centuries-old wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. Then fly to Madeira Island for secluded beaches and untouristed villages waiting to be discovered. Last but not least is the friendly, up-and-coming capital of Lisbon—a striking city built on seven hills.