I was born in the capital Funchal but my roots are in the west and east of the island, where my grandparents are from.
For 16 years I have worked in a store. Getting in contact with people, knowing their stories, was the best part of it and enriched and gave me social skills. In my free time, this island was my breakout.
6 years ago my biggest passion became a full-time occupation and I have swapped a store for an outdoor office and started delivering tours. First with sidecar motorcycles, then minibus and jeeps as a freelancer guide and right away I felt this was what I was meant to be doing. I feel blessed and very lucky to be able to do what I love for a living.
This year I have joined ToursByLocals private tours because they offer me the opportunity to deliver a tour more personal, tailor-made and flexible where I can show all my passion for this island and the places that made me feel this way!
Taking a tour with me, I guarantee a memorable experience, where you will feel a local. I will go the extra mile to overcome your expectations and you will go back looking forward to return.
Looking forward to meeting you.
See you soon.
A Recent Review of this guide
Val is a wonderful guide. He gave us a fantastic introduction to this island, taking us to places that are 'off the beaten track'. His knowledge is broad and deep and he shares it very well by happily answering all our questions. Even before we met, he was able to get a very good sense of what would interest us - the itinerary he put together was perfect. The levada walk Val suggested was beautiful and exactly the right choice for us in terms of interest and capability. We'll be back!
Certified Tourism Guide/Driver, Licenced by the Autonomous Region of Madeira, in accordance with the ordinance nr. 61/2017.
The car is registered according to the Portuguese tourism authority with license number RNAAT 375/2016 with the required by law liability insurance, accidents insurance and personal group insurance for activities outside the car.