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Vanessa Pinto

A Portuguese in love both with Portugal and Spain, since my mother's 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 believe I 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, the 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 12 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."

Vanessa is part of the following groups: the Azores Travel Agents, Portugal Travel Agents
Lisbon, Portugal
Best of Lisbon and Porto: Lisbon, Porto, Cascais, and Sintra - 8 Days

You don't have to travel far to see, taste, and experience the best of Portugal. Start your adventure in Lisbon, to explore the city's, art, cuisine, and hills. From Lisbon, you'll head to Porto, to taste its famous wines and then have your choice of where to explore along the coast, before heading to Sintra and Cascais, before you make your way back to Lisbon.

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.

Madeira Island's northern coast
Explore Portugal: 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.

A scenic road near the village of Sintra
Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora - 10 Days

This road trip is ideal for those who want to experience Portugal's two biggest cities and bucolic countryside at a relaxed pace. After strolling around Lisbon with a guide, you'll make your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby mountains and vineyards. Finish off in the medieval town of Évora with plenty of free time to explore the Alentejo—a vast region known for olive groves, cork production, and rustic cuisine.

Porto's setting along the Douro River
Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

This adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over the course of a week, you'll explore Lisbon's exciting food and culture scene, take scenic day-trips to historic villages, and walk through Porto's UNESCO-listed city center. Finish in the oldest wine region in the world before returning to Lisbon by way of the country's medieval capital: Coimbre.

Take in a sunset over Porto and the Douro River
Best of Portugal from Porto to Albufeira - 9 days

This complete nine-day itinerary combines urban exploration in historic cities with stunning rural and coastal excursions for an exciting overview of Portugal. You'll begin in the north in charming Porto and with a private driver, work your way south to Lisbon ending your stay in the Algarve in Albufeira. Along the way, you'll explore the golden triangle of Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril outside of Lisbon as well as spend some time at the end of the world in Lagos, Sagres, and Cabo de São Vicente.