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What we do

Portugal Heritage Tours is a tour operator specialized in Cultural and Landscape Touring programs centered on Portugal’s unknown and often inaccessible heritage.

Outside the major tourist hubs, Portugal Heritage Tours offers the possibility to access, enter, discover, meet, perceive, contact, experience artistic dimensions, landscapes, gastronomic practices, ethnological traditions, forms of culture from all over the immense interior of Portugal.

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Founder of Portugal Heritage Tours

Catarina Valença Gonçalves

From bourgeoise Lisbon and French School Charles Lepierre to the third smallest municipality of the country, 2500 souls, Alvito, Alentejo. Always having lived between books and Art and attracted by Beauty, I studied Art History and, since the first year, wall paintings emerged: paintings that lived ineradicably in the place where they were created, crossing years, centuries, communities, testifying transformations and also different ways of being, but always belonging to that place: I’ve guided my journey in Art History with this testimony of Belonging in the horizon. Finally, I have found Alentejo, territory where I don’t have any kind of origins. Alentejo has the most considerable acquis of wall paintings of Portugal, it’srich in heritage resources- all of them being very singular – and, mainly, it has a way of being, in my understanding, synonymous of something that also attracts me greatly: Kindness. Beauty, Belonging and Kindness are therefore three transversal dimensions to all the work that I’ve developed, over 20 years, in cultural heritage: Portugal Heritage Tours is one of the forms that I’ve designed so that everybody can feel, experience, understand this culture that is so unique in all Alentejo. Besides the concept of the programs of Portugal Heritage Tours, I accompany some groups throughout the year.

Coordinator of Cultural and Landscape Touring

Rita Fialho Valente

Being born in Baixo Alentejo (Serpa, Ficalho), I’ve always shared with this region my daily routine: I believe that all this legacy should be passed on to future generations, as well to those who visits us. What better way to defuse a territory than conserving and spreading its memories? I hold a Master’s degree in Museology from Évora’s University and I have a Conservation and Restoration degree from Tomar’s Polytechnic Institute. I welcome and I make sure that all Portugal Heritage Tours’s clients carry out the Tour that they’ve always wished for.

Heritage Interpreter

Joana Caspurro

Daughter of the streets, of the river and Porto’s sea, at 30 years old I’ve moved to the South: 20 years as an Évora citizen have already passed. I’ve done it of impetus adventures throughout many symbolic summer vacations. First of all, it was the space, the sea of the land, the horizon, where to rest from world’s agitation what attracted me to this region. Then, the human dimension and the renaissance charm of Évora engaged me. Graduated in Portuguese and French Studies and holding a master’s degree in Translation, I like Art and Culture, to learn and to communicate with others. I like languages, to travel, to walk and to contemplate. Alentejo’s field and sea, people, places, conversations and silences, laughs and good food. I share with Portugal Heritage Tour and with all my clients the experience of the “B side” of things and the simple richness of informal exchanging.

Heritage Interpreter

André Moreira

Born in Évora, I’m a lover and enthusiastic of the History and Culture of Alentejo, bringing a thrilling approach into Portugal Heritage Tours. I’m interested by the intercultural relations and, most importantly, by the relations between different forms of art and society. I’ve taken a degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures specialized in Literature and Arts (2017) and I’m finishing, meanwhile, a Master’s degree in Historical and Cultural Heritage Management - Specialty in Artistic Heritage and Art History, again in Évora’s University.

Heritage Interpreter

Patrícia Monteiro

A divulgação do património histórico e artístico do Alentejo é um requisito fundamental para a definição de estratégias sustentadas que viabilizem a sua salvaguarda. Esta é uma premissa em que acredito absolutamente e que me fez dedicar os últimos vinte anos, ao estudo da pintura mural e das “artes da cal”, existentes nesta região do nosso país. A minha ligação, desde 1994, à Universidade de Lisboa permitiu, ao mesmo tempo, construir uma formação académica e profissional centradas na História da Arte nacional. O contacto directo com o Alentejo, com a sua cultura, as suas tradições, as suas gentes, o seu saber e a sua arte, fazem parte de um já longo percurso pessoal. É, para mim, um privilégio poder prosseguir nesse caminho, de aprendizagem e constante descoberta.

Heritage Interpreter

Luís Martins

Luís Martins, born in Borba and a true lover of the marble industry. He grew up hearing about marble by his father's testimony. Today, he loves to receive people and transmit all his knowledge. In his spare time he will, on foot or by bicycle, discover new corners of the quarries yet to be visited. Whoever makes the Marble Shades Route with him, guarantees that he will repeat and pass the word ...

Luis Martins

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Rua 5 de Outubro, 20
7920-368 Vila Nova de Baronia Alvito, Portugal

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