I was born and raised in two of the most beautiful places in Portugal. I was born in Lisbon and grew up at Sant' Ana Hill, in the heart of the city. By the hand of my grandfather, I discovered Lisbon secrets.
Later, I explored and lived on the Portuguese central west coast (north from Lisbon), searching for the best surf spots and pure nature. We call it "Região Oeste". I am surfing since the early 90's and dedicated an important part of my life to the ocean and to teaching this sport and life style.
My love for sharing my country with travelers led me to study tourism in the university (tour guiding & tourism marketing), for which I deeply studied Portugal and the best way to promote it.
Later, a post-graduate degree in adventure tourism gave me better tools to explore and share my country's secrets.
Since then, I enthusiastically welcome travelers from the whole world, with whom I share the authentic Portugal.
I am now a family man. I have 2 kids and being a parent is the biggest and best adventure of my life. Music is my third passion. I studied Jazz drumming and played drums and percussion in several projects.
On my "tours" I show you all my love to Portugal. I want to be your best your host, on a relaxed, honest and informal way, avoiding boring speeches and providing funny moments. I don't have a fixed routine. I try to understand your interests and needs and we go with the flow. I hope that my local knowledge will help you experiencing the genuine and authentic Portugal.
A Recent Review of this guide
My husband and I met Rui at the train station in Lisbon for our trip to Sintra. Knowledgeable and easygoing, He imparted history of Lisbon, as well as Sintra on our journey there. Upon arrival he took us for a quick rest and coffee stop then onto the National Palace then the Quita la Regaleira. Rui was super knowledgeable and we enjoyed his tour immensely. Sintra is not to be missed and we would look him up again as we need to return!
ISLA Campus Lisboa - Bachelors Degree in Tourist Guide and Agent / 1995 - 1998
ISAI - Graduation in Tourism Marketing and Management / 1999 - 2000
University of Hospitality and Tourism of Estoril - Post - Graduation on Adventure Tourism Management / 2003 - 2004