Discover one of the hidden gems of Western Europe as we join Portugal based, Sicilian travel photographer Emanuele Siracusa on a 10-day adventure through rural Portugal. An adventure filled with photo opportunities spanning from local fishing communities to mountain herdsmen, amazing food and stunning landscapes.
This photographic adventure has been structured to give you a taste of the various rural communities still practicing traditional methods across central Portugal. With the help of Emanuele's local knowledge, this tour has been designed from the ground up to maximise the photographic and cultural experiences.
- Capture the traditional fishing technique of Arte Xavega whilst documenting the local fishing communities of the Ria de Aveiro
- Discover quaint villages built between giant granite boulders in the Serra da Estrela
- Photograph mountain herdsmen rounding up their animals as the sun sets across the epic Serra landscape.
- Discover one of the least developed areas in Portugal around Viseu and photograph daily life for the villagers in these remote communities
Explore Portugal Through Images
Day 1 - Arrival
Olá and welcome to Portugal. Our first stop is the wonderful city of Porto. If you arrive with enough time, we'll be happy to show you the city. Alternatively you can rest up from your journey before the group gets together for a meet and greet dinner in the evening. The meal will be full of great food, wine and an opportunity to discuss the next nine days ahead.
Days 2 & 3 - Aveiro
Dubbed the “Venice of Portugal” because of its canals, Aveiro defies your image of the typical Portuguese town. Colourful, vibrant, romantic, artsy, and young-at-heart, yet proud of its traditions and history. Its economy is inextricably linked to the neighbouring lagoon (Ria de Aveiro) which provides two key elements: seafood and salt.
Over our two days in Aviero, we’ll explore the town and its surroundings, paying particular attention to the elements that define the strong local fishing culture - we’ll be capturing fishermen at work on the beach, laying and pulling the nets following the traditional Arte Xavega technique; we will also photograph the seafood fishermen in the lagoon and the salt workers in action in the salt plains.. Our time here will be spent focussing on telling the stories of the fishing culture and industry in Aveiro. Emanuele will guide you in how to shoot and edit a cohesive body of work. This will be a great introduction into the culture of rural Portugal.
Days 4, 5 & 6 - Serra da Estrela
With a height of about 2000 meters, Serra da Estrela (Estrela Mountain) is the highest mountain range in continental Portugal. Although internal tourism has been a reality for a long time now, this region is substantially unexploited and provides access to raw mountain nature. In the middle of the typical round granite boulders called fragas, a handful of tiny villages scattered among high altitude forests, waterfalls, lakes and glacier valleys. We’ll chase herders at work in this beautiful scenery, capture the mountain village life, and we will also take the opportunity to do some landscape photography.
Days 7,8 & 9 - Viseu
During this part of the trip we will be based in Viseu, a pretty, historical city and, according to recent surveys also one of the best places to live in the whole country. If time permits we’ll be running a photowalk here, but the real highlight will be our time in the Serra de Sao Macario (Sao Macario mountain). This mountainous area extends between the districts of Aveiro and Viseu and is one of the most rural and underdeveloped parts of Portugal. We’ll be spending this couple of days in some of the tiny and sparsely populated villages that dot the Serra, interacting with local people, and capturing images from their day to day life.
Day 10 - Bon Voyage
Our tour is finally over. On the final day we will meet for a group breakfast before parting ways. If you plan on extending your stay in Portugal we will be more than happy to offer assistance in planning your onward journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring a non-photographer with me?
Of course! If your partner in crime wants to join our adventure they’re more than welcome. All our tours are designed to immerse you fully into the culture of the destinations that we visit. We think even non-photographers would find this pretty fascinating. The only caveat we have is that this is first and foremost a photography adventure and any accompanying non-photographers would be required to stay with us at all times throughout the tour.
- Do I need travel insurance and visas?
Yes. It is a mandatory requirement on all of our tours that each participant has their own travel insurance policy. We highly recommend a travel insurance policy that not only covers medical expenses and repatriation but also covers your personal belongings and liability. For more information on travel insurance and our suggested providers please visit our travel services section.
Also, as a traveller with Intrepid Exposures, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visas and travel documents. Despite the fact we can’t sell you visas directly, we work with a number of partners who can find you the best solution to match your needs. If you need help arranging visas for any of our tours, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
- Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try our very best to cater to any dietary needs, that being said we cannot always guarantee it due to the remoteness of some of the places we stay. We will notify you if this is the case and work with you to come up with a fair solution. As long as you notify us of any requirements or allergies when booking your trip we will do our best to accommodate any needs you have.
- Can I pay for the trip in one payment?
Yes, of course! Unfortunately our website doesn't offer this functionality yet. If you wish to pay the deposit and then the remainder in one instalment you can do so using the website. If you would instead like to pay for the trip in its entirety in one payment, please contact us directly and we can advise you on the best way to do this.
- Do you have a cancellation policy?
Cancelations and any changes you want to make to your tour can be found in our booking conditions here.
To put it simply, if you wish to cancel more than nine months prior to the date of departure we will refund any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
Cancellation under 6 months prior to the date of departure, will be liable to a refund of 75% of any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
Cancellation under 3 months prior to the date of departure, will be liable to a refund of 50% of any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
In the case of cancellation within 30 days prior to the date of departure, we withhold the right to refuse a refund for any money paid.
- Do you offer trip extensions?
We do, but on a trip by trip basis. Some tours naturally lend themselves to extensions, others not so much. Please consult the individual tour pages for more details on the extensions offered. If you would like to create your own personal tour extension, please contact us directly for assistance in doing so.
- Will my tour be guaranteed?
We do everything in our power to make sure out tours run smoothly, that being said there’s certain things we can’t control. Natural disaster or conflicts in the areas we travel may mean that we have to rearrange our plans and itineraries. However, we will keep a close eye on developments in the areas we travel and notify you if there are any issues or doubts.
- Is my money protected?
In a word, Yes. All our tours are covered by Protected Travel Insurance (PTS). This means that your money goes into a protected bank account and can’t be accessed by us until you get back from your trip, so should anything happen your money is 100% protected. Find out more
Dates: 01 Sep - 10 Sep 2017
Start Location: Porto
Maximum Participants: 6
Transport: Private Vehicle
Food and Drink: Included
Payment Schedule: 3 Installments
What Should You ExpectPortugal offers the intrepid photographer a wonderful variety and diversity of photographic subjects. From the seafront fishing traditions of Aveiro to the remote villages around Viseu, Portugal will leave you surprised and astonished at every corner.
One of the benefits of travel in Portugal is the relatively good standard of infrastructure and accommodation. Despite travelling to some of the least developed areas of the country, at all times you will be both comfortable and well fed.
Emanuele SiracusaEmanuele is a Portugal based freelance photographer who loves shooting travel and culture related stories.
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Jacob JamesTravel and cultural documentary photographer Jacob James has a passion for immersing himself in new cultures and experiences. His work revolves around capturing the human side of life for people right across the globe, whether that’s the nuances in different cultures that make us all unique, or the simple, instinctual emotions that deep down we all have in common.
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Adventurer TourAdventurer by name, adventurous by nature. Our Adventurer tours are for those of you who love to take the path less beaten, to explore beneath the skin of a country and to find those magical moments of authenticity. To hear stories from those who live the wonderful cultures of this planet and to photograph real life, as we find it, wherever that may be.
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