Artur - Cmycities Lisbon

Lisbon Destination Expert Artur Ventura is the kind of traveler who visits a new destination alone and ends up making or meeting new and old friends… and he’s always very keen to share his love for his city.

“I was born in Luanda, Angola, and my parents settled in Portugal when I was 2 years old. I came to Lisbon to study when I was 17 years old. And then I stayed, not only for work, but because I love this city. It’s always been the place I want to be.

How do I spend my time here?

I love getting into a book (I have an extensive collection!), lost somewhere in the city, but also, I like going to the movies and just wandering around. I surf and body board too as the sea is right nearby, and also go mountain biking.

That’s when I’m not reviewing papers for science journals, or doing my own research at the University of Lisbon. I also translate, and host visitors through Airbnb.

I’ve travelled quite a bit and love it! I’ve visited cities in Portugal and Angola, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the USA… Dubai and Minsk might be destinations this year.

Of all my travels the Grand Canyon had the biggest impact on me, during my route 66 road trip (including the gem that is Big Sur), through the west coast of the United States. The canyon is so big you lose sight of it. I was there before sunrise standing on the very edge of the cliff with the clouds beneath me. As they rose the sun revealed the grandeur of Nature’s creation.

That’s difficult to beat, but travel dreams now would be exploring the wilderness of Congo and Alaska, or reaching the top of Gangkhar Puensum, in Bhutan, the highest unclimbed mountain to this day. Or sailing around the world! I guess you can say that “…I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” … As we’re dreaming, I’d also choose to visit the Mamanuca Islands, Palau and the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Welcoming guests is a host of knowledge, characteristics, values, skills, etc. I put myself in visitor’s shoes when advising them and ask myself: how could I have the best experience ever in this city? All of a sudden, you start getting ideas and realize what’s really important for them, and as such for you too. I can’t wait for you to be one of them so feel free to contact me whenever you like!”

Artur speaks native Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and understands written and spoken Italian.

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