This week, as we start to get back to our new “normal” in a post-COVID and quarantine Europe, travel has started again. We were able to chat with two of our favorite tour guides in Portugal and they shared some of their favorite memories, travel tips and advice for those of you dreaming about a future Portuguese holiday.
Portugal is an amazing destination that has become a dream for so many people in recent years. It’s been getting a lot of attention and there is good reason why. This small nation hugs the ocean, but also has mountains, breathtaking vineyards, hills, historical cities and wonderful food. The Portuguese are warm people, proud to show off their special country to visitors, and it has become one of our favorite places to visit.
1. What do you love about being a tour guide in Portugal? Why did you decide to become a guide?
Joel, our spectacular local expert in Lisbon who covers the whole country (below):
I like the name local expert. Not because I’m an expert, but because I’m a LOCAL! I love the “local” concept. So I’m a local guide in Portugal, a local driver and a local expert.
After 18 yrs in an investment banking area, I decided to change my life and do something I really love. Those encompass talking with people, showing them my country, my culture and heritage. Portugal is a small country with 900years of history. It’s where the art of hosting people is in our blood.
Mariana: Ha, one of the “perks” of being a tour guide in Portugal is getting to “test” some many wonderful restaurants!
In Lisbon, in my neighborhood, I elect ‘A Colina’, with good genuine Portuguese food. I remember going there since I was a child, with my family (some of the waiters are the same J).