Eduardo Melo Cláudio, Managing Partner
Eduardo likes to think of himself as a person of multiple interests. Has built a solid career in Portugal’s number one Telecommunications and Internet service provider where he took over management jobs in the areas of Product Development and Management, Customer Service and IT Management. During the time he worked as Product Manager he launched Mimo, the first worldwide pre-paid mobile phone, which is mentioned to this day as one of the greatest Portuguese innovations of all times. This drive towards innovation led him to join professional and personal interests – to travel and to enjoy life to the fullest- and Portugal Trails was born. This is a project that he grabbed with deep conviction and with the belief that Portugal Trails innovative approach allows travelling in an independent and yet safe way and enhanced by local travel consultants.
Pedro Duque, Director of IT
A hardworking computer worker and a large family father, in which everyone loves to travel. Considering all the diversity that our country offers, they have focused their travels and family vacations in Portugal, with some incursions to Spain – land of his paternal grandmother. Invited by Eduardo Cláudio to embrace Portugal Trails and Spain Trails projects, he accepted it with the enthusiasm that innovative and challenging projects offer. Certain that the knowledge of our Travel Consultants allows Portugal Trails to have the most extensive and deep knowledge of the country, he take’s advantage of this knowledge to offer his family even more enjoyable and relaxing trips.
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.
Cristina Chagas, Travel Consultant
Cristina, since childhood, won the taste for traveling and seeing the world. The only Continent missing now is Oceania, but it won’t be for long! Totally in love with meeting new realities and cultures, she saw in Tourism an excellent opportunity to share her taste for traveling with others. Has a Degree in Business Communication and also has a Master’s Degree in Advertising. Although Tourism is not her area of expertise, she won her passion through all her experiences as a traveler. Currently lives in a town by the sea on the outskirts of Lisbon, having previously lived in Barcelona (Spain). Her greatest wish is to share all her knowledge and to make every trip, to Portugal and Spain, unforgettable! For her there is no greater satisfaction than seeing that the trip she designed exceeded the expectations of the visitors! Feels fully accomplished now that she found her true calling as a Travel Consultant at Portugal Trails & Spain Trails!
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!
Gonçalo Oliveira, Travel Consultant
Born in Lisbon in the year of 1996, Gonçalo realized from an early age that traveling was something he loved. His passion for traveling led him to join the Tourism Management Graduation, in the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril, in 2015, which he concluded in 2018. Very communicative and charismatic, Gonçalo has an obvious taste for organizing and planning events and trips. He considers himself to be a simple and methodical peson, and has a huge desire to make the World a better place. Focused on the relationship and customer service, Gonçalo thinks he is in the right place to advise and prepare our costumers trips in both Portugal and Spain. On a personal level, he is cheerful, available and effective. With an enormous interest in Sports, he entices this interest to the desire to know the entire World.
Inês Oliveira, Travel Consultant
Inês was born in the village of Cascais, where she lived all her life. Born to a northern dad and a southern mother, she has a good knowledge of Portugal and its richness. From a young age, she developed the interest of knowing different locations due to the tradition of traveling on her birthday. In 2017, she flew to Vienna – Austria, where she lived and studied for 6 months. It was her first big solo adventure, where she got to know a lot of amazing countries. She loves the direct contact with different cultures and she’s always eager to help you organizing your next trip with Portugal Trails and Spain Trails, making sure you have an amazing experience like she’s had!
João Silva, Travel Consultant
Tourism is João’s passion and you can see it once you have the chance to meet him. Fascinated by the Travel Market, He has based his career in Tourism and Customer Service. After a Hospitality management degree, João started to develop a good multicultural awareness and became really interested in not only learning new cultures and languages, but to have an influence on Portuguese visitors, in order to make them get to know better and understand the Country he loves. Sharing the Portuguese culture has been the most important part of João’s professional and personal life. Having a passion for both Portugal and Tourism, makes João a great asset for travelers who search for the true authentic hidden gems of Portugal.
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.