Together for sustainable tourism.
Passionate about the culture and nature of the North of Portugal, visiting whenever possible the different protected areas in search of new experiences and places to share. For over 15 years, he has been working as a nature guide in mainland Portugal and the Azores. Collaborating in parallel in several projects of responsible tourism and rural development.
Casa das Palmeiras tells the story of my great-grandfather who in 1924 gave birth to this place, originally a farm in Beira Alta. The farm was abandoned for several years until my parents decided to leave the city for the village, dedicating themselves to making it a place to live. For more than 10 years working in the industry and consulting as an Environmental Engineer, until 2012 I decided to change my life and return to the village to continue what my great-grandfather left and the dream I had to give life to to Casa das Palmeiras with a rural tourism project. Now that the dream has come true, you are invited to be part of it too!
Dedicated to the interpretation of nature, Fernando Romão has 25 years of experience guiding groups through mountains and natural areas of Portugal and Spain. Along this route he has gone through several projects related to ecotourism, nature conservation. He’s also co-authored of 2 itineraries nature routes and made several specific trainings in Adventure Tourism and Nature Interpretation. At the same time, he is also part of the editorial team of “Foge comigo!” (“Run wit me!”), a small company dedicated to the production and edition of tourist guides in Portugal.
The river helps them to think and achieve balance. They remember when they were children taking a boat with their grandfather Tomás. With him they got to know the Tagus and its rhythms. And when you “inherit a river from your grandparents”, you have a duty and an obligation to preserve it.
Why did they create Rio-a-Dentro? Because you only “love what you know.” Rui and Luis believe that making the Tagus river known helps to preserve the fauna and flora of the place, brings memories and stories of the people’s life connected with the river.
They want visitors to feel like the river is a “living organism” and to be interested in its future. And they work every day to achieve it.
Born in Oporto, and after a life experience in New York, Vera returned to Portugal and to the charming region of Alentejo, decided to settle in the region and fulfill her dream of having a place where her guests feel at home.
Quinta Camarena was born from this dream, a space surrounded by nature and carefully thought out so that visitors can relax and be connected with the earth.
First came to the Azores in 2006 on their honeymoon, Ali and Caroline soon felt in love for this region and start to dream of Solar Branco Eco Estate.
In 2018 this husband and wife team made São Miguel their permanent home. Ali and Caroline have undertaken a long term project to fully restore a rundown country estate to its former glory, and convert it into a boutique hotel with a focus on luxury and sustainability.
As passionate believers in sustainable tourism, this beautiful couple wants to be at the forefront of protecting the natural beauty of the Azores and the oceans that surround the archipelago.