Vanessa Pinto, Sales Director
A Portuguese in love both with Portugal and Spain, since her mother’s side of the family comes originally from Seville. Studied Tourism at University and got a degree as an Interpreter Guide precisely because she knew that her true passion was to travel and to be in contact with many different cultures. And that’s exactly what she 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. Vanessa also travelled through America, Europe and Africa yet it is in this little corner of Europe that she really feels happy and from where she believes, can turn Portugal Trails customer’s tours, into truly unique experiences. She currently lives in a coastal town on the outskirts of Lisbon.
Ana López Guerra, Tourist Guide
Ana is an official tourist guide in Seville. She has been working as a tour guide for more than 15 years and she loves her job. It is a pleasure to show off her city, hoping you will enjoy it. “We will explore together the highlights in Seville and my purpose is that you would like to return”.
Ana Mercader, Tourist Guide
Ana was born in Madrid and considers herself to be a “purebred Madrilenian”. She loves her city and since she was little, she lived it intensely. Independently from the different times of Ana’s life: young girl, adolescent or university student, she’s always discovered different corners of Madrid. Her passion for beauty led her to take a masters in History of Art, when she finished it, she began to look at life with a different perspective. Her interest in continuing to learn made her finish her studies in Rome where she ended up living and working as a tourist guide, that’s where she discovered how to turn her passion into a profession. As “the land called”, after living 10 years in Rome, she returned to Madrid to rediscover it and found a city that was becoming even more fascinating than she remembered. Since then her life goal has been making her clients falling in love with Madrid and Spain: with its history, beauty, heritage but also with its vitality and gastronomy! She likes to be always aware of the latest restaurants and always knows where to have some good wine or the best Tortillas.
Diana Ramos, Travel Consultant
Diana discovered her passion for travelling when she was a young child and it has not stopped growing. Her curiosity has led her to visit a lot of places in Iberian Peninsula, but she desires to visit and learn much more about her homeland and Spain. She loves Portugal and Portuguese food, and is really proud of the fact that her homeland has so much variety to offer. Every year she takes half of her vacation to discover more about Portugal and Spain, and the other half to explore other parts of the world. Diana graduated in Tourism Management in Portugal and also earned a certificate in Guest Service and International Tourism from the University of Central Florida, in the USA. Her enthusiasm for the Tourism Industry was reinforced by travelling in other countries, learning about different cultures, and even more by living and working in the USA where she shared her experiences with people of many countries and with different perspectives. Working as a Travel Consultant gives her the opportunity to put together all of her passions, and she truly loves it!
Filipa Rodrigues, Travel Consultant
Filipa always wanted to work in Tourism. Her passion for other languages and enthusiasm for exploring her own country and others is what drives her! She studied foreign languages, and specialized in Tourist Information. It is her goal to discover more of Portugal and Spain and to use her knowledge to put together wonderful experiences for her clients. Filipa has travelled through Europe and Africa, and looks forward to other adventures to discover other continents. She lives in a seaside town near Lisbon, and couldn’t feel happier about being a Travel Consultant at Portugal Trails & Spain Trails!
Juan José Pardo Eimil, Tourist Guide
Born in the northwest of the northwest of Spain (Coruña, Galicia) he moved to Barcelona in 1984. Inquisitive for/of cultures, languages, people, and history he worked as Tour Leader all through Europe during years, while He was working as well as Official Local Guide of Catalonia. Teacher of new guides, student of humanities at the University. Delving into the old Barcelona’s archives, walking around the city, trying to discover the secrets that Barcelona hides. Since five years ago collaborates with Portugaltrails and Spaintrails designing private walking tours in Barcelona for their guests, in order to share with them Barcelona’s history, stories and secrets.
Juan Serrano, Tourist Guide
Juan Carlos is Spanish and he has lived in Madrid since he was born. At university he studied Computer Science and was dedicated to it for more than 13 years. His passion for dealing every day with different people and different cultures led him to the tourism sector, as a private driver. He and 14 other colleagues are responsible for transfers in and out of Madrid as well as private experiences both in Madrid and in the nearby cities such as Toledo, Segovia, etc. What motivates Juan Carlos the most in his work is that every day is different, every day there are new people and, on many occasions, he discovers with the passengers of Spain Trails places that not even in his best dreams he thought he was going to visit. Juan Carlos thinks that his job is the most beautiful in the world.
Pedro de Blas, Tourist Guide
Pedro graduated in Economics and from a very young age his vocation has been gastronomy and Spanish history. On a personal level, he took a professional cook degree from the Madrid City Council and several certificates in Spanish wine tasting. His personal and professional challenge is to promote Spanish gastronomy and culture through his company.
Rita Bernardo, Travel Consultant
Rita was born in Cascais, near Lisbon, and believes that it were the weekend detours with her parents, when she was little, that got her so interested in exploring the country, wandering through new sights and places, as well as understanding their history. The fact that she has always been keen on communicating with new people, led her to a Journalism degree, with the hopes of being able to tell what she sees and witnesses through her writing and also her photography, her two main occupations. Besides Portugal and Spain, to which she refers as two lovely countries with much to discover, she got to visit other international destinations. Rita loves to discover natural sights, acknowledge new cultures and is very enthusiastic about independent travelling. Now she hopes to share what she has learned with you, by suggesting new settings for fresh adventures and happy memories.