Portugal Travel Advising


Portugal is a stunning destination with something for everyone – adventure seekers, romantic wanderers, wine connoisseurs, art lovers, history seekers, and more.  Your trip to Portugal can go beyond your expectations if you have the right advice. That’s where I come in.

 I was raised there and return often.  My grandfather was the Ambassador of Portugal to many countries. My great grandfather was the Consul-General.  My family even once owned the Quinta da Regaleira that is on so many Must See lists in Sintra.

One of the things I love about Portugal is that it’s easy to have a luxurious experience.  The Portuguese community is friendly, welcoming, and extremely hospitable.  5-star hotels are often housed in 18th century manor houses or have had kings and queens as their guests,  yet your dollar often goes much further here than in the United Kingdom, Italy, or Spain.  Portuguese people are extremely proud of their country, and tour-guides often feel like your friend within just a few hours of meeting.  

It’s one of the few countries where you can take a train equal distances and in one direction you have easy access to the beach and in the other direction you have access to the mountains filled with palaces and castles.

Stay in castles, family-run farms, or grand wine estates. 

Visit olive groves, vineyards, cliffside beaches, wild national parks, historical and vibrant cities, and charming towns.  

Take a river cruise down the “river of gold”, the Douro.  (I’ll help you decide which river cruise is the best option for you – I have some opinions!)

Dine like royalty on fresh meats and fish, rich cheeses straight from the sheep farmers in the high mountains, and desserts with origins rooted in monasteries and secret societies. 

Follow the trail of the mysterious Knights Templar or participate in the incredible grape-harvesting season.  Slow down and spend summer nights on sprawling estates with farm-to-table restaurants.  Kayak into sea caves or watch for dolphins from a catamaran. 

Visit world-class museums or simply sip a coffee in the town squares while people-watching – no one is in a rush here.  Spend time in the bustling cities filled with cobblestone streets, winding paths, riverside cafes, and photo opportunities round every corner.

It’s the perfect destination for all travel personalities.

“By day Lisbon has a naive theatrical quality that enchants and captivates, but by night it is a fairy-tale city, descending over lighted terraces to the sea, like a woman in festive garments going down to meet her dark lover.”
― Erich Maria Remarque, The Night in Lisbon

Helping you experience Portugal is my passion.  I find out what you’re interested in and show you how to get to the incredible towns and countryside that encompass this proud country.   Public transportation is easy here, and driving is an option for most itineraries.   Private driver-guides are also available as well as premium VIP services such as private cooking classes, yacht cruises, villa stays, and wine tasting. 

I help discern what you would really love during your Portugal visit, saving you hours of research and confusing internet forums full of comments without much substance.  I already know the answers to the questions that you’re not even sure to ask! Once we’ve decided on a rough itinerary that excites you, my in-country partners and I do the rest of the work – all you have to do is make sure your passport is ready to go!

Portugal’s waiting.  Are you ready? 

Any Portuguese town looks like bride’s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.     

Mary Mccarthy