90-minute online classes about Portugal by Professional Portuguese Tourist Guide Rafael Pereira.
Captivating, educational and fun.
Learn more about one of the oldest countries in the world.
€45 (euros) per 90 minutes online class. You can choose your topic from our list or make a custom request.
I was born in Brazil to a family with Portuguese ancestry and came to Portugal at the age of 3. When I turned 18 and joined the Portuguese Navy, I began to develop a genuine love and interest for my culture and history, as well as for traveling. I got a Bachelor in Tourism and a Post Grad in Tour Guiding and quickly discovered that sharing and teaching about my culture was truly enjoyable.
I went to Lisbon and began working as a guide in 2012. Four years after that, the famous travel guru Rick Steves came on my tour and by the end he offered me a job. I have been working as a guide for Ricks Steves Europe ever since, as well as guiding my own tours.
Since March 2020 the world of international travel has come to a full stop, but learning about different cultures is still possible and a true educational opportunity.
Choose a class or make a request.
THE BASICS OF THE PORTUGUESE AGE OF EXPLORATION
How did a small and poor medieval country come to be the first global sea empire in history and dominate world commerce for more than a century? Explore in depth the process which kickstarted modern day globalization.
THE GREAT LISBON EARTHQUAKE
In 1755 the Portuguese empire was quickly losing its ground. Its capital, Lisbon, was decadent, fervently religious and heavily populated. On November 1, All Saints Day, the earth shook with horryfing power and the city crumbled to a hellish landscape of fiery debris and chaos. We´ll talk about the natural phenomenon, the destruction and reconstruction of Lisbon, and the impacts of this event in Portugal and Europe.
WHAT DO PORTUGUESE PEOPLE EAT AND DRINK? GET TO KNOW OUR FAMOUS WINES AND TRADITIONAL DISHES.
On a Portuguese table there is always bread and wine - that’s what we say and that’s what we do. But there is much more - our gastronomy is old, rich and spiced with influences from all over the world. You will learn about our most important wine regions and also pick up some recipes to try out.
THE MAGIC OF FADO MUSIC
How about an hour and a half guided music experience with historical backround and cultural insights? Learn about what makes Fado unique and how it´s an expression of the untranslatable feelings of Portuguese culture.
THE ART OF PORTUGUESE TILES
No other country has been so inventive and creative with tiles as Portugal. We have used them in our churches, modern buldings, gardens and houses for 500 years. Sign up for a visual experience as you discover how the usage of tiles has shifted with the different artistic currents and historic periods.
WHAT´S HAPPENING IN PORTUGAL RIGHT NOW? EXPLORE THE PRESENT SITUATION.
Are you preparing a future trip to Portugal? Do you want to move to Portugal? Do you want a local, personal perspective about the current events in this country? Or maybe just a friendly and informative conversation with a Portuguese person? Whatever it is, we can talk about Portugal – present and future!
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