I created my own job/company in 2013: Oporto & Douro Moments.
How did you make the transition to becoming a tour guide?
I have been a teacher for 23 years and then became unemployed. So I took several formations about different matters related with tourism and a master degree about Enotourism in Douro Valley because tourism was a subject that always interested me since I was adolescent.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Pick up clients at their accommodation and show them the city,..
Have you got a certain style of guiding, or do you just run with it on the day?
I make it very familiar as if I was with friends in a very welcoming atmosphere.
The contact with the clients and the experiences we share.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on a tour or trip?
Getting figs and medronhos from the trees with clients. Having to take all the bones from the fish they are eating because they just eat filets (they were astonished looking at the plate and not having the minimum idea how they should do it). Sharing with clients a small bottle of Port wine from 1863.
Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on?
Having to be on PC, emails, social media.
The one that has a deep knowledge of the region but adapts constantly to clients needs and interests
As an experienced guide yourself, can you explain what the benefits of hiring a guide are?
In a few hours you can “understand” the city and its people. Then with the guide tips you can explore it by your own later.
Without giving away your secrets, tell us the types of things about your area/activity that only a guide would know.
The little secrets, places, people that only a person that was born, studied and worked in the region can know.
And finally, have you got any tips for people who are interested in booking a guide like yourself, but aren’t too sure what to look for?
See our reviews and speak with other persons that were already with us.