About Wow Guide Portugal

My love for the Algarve made me start Wow Guide Algarve. I have been living here some years and the diversity of the nature, climate and lifestyles, amazes me every day! Nowadays, I have also explored and lived in Alentejo. My passion is to let more people experience “the real” Portugal. I’m going to tell you why:

Luxury for free

It really doesn’t matter how much money you have, it’s a true luxury to have the opportunity to live in this paradise, full time or only for a holiday. All the views, the never ending beaches, the landscape and the sun – it’s all for free. You can pick oranges, lemons, almonds, figs, pomegranate and herbs in many places, if you know where and how, also for free.

Portugal is one of the most safe countries in the world. Unfortunately we are many people who haven’t been able to feel safe in our daily life in our home countries. For me, it’s a true luxury to feel safe every day.

The “official” Portugal and the hidden places.

During the years, I have noticed that many people only know about the southern coastline and the towns by the sea, often filled with immigrants like myself and bars and restaurants made for tourists.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the sea, the famous beaches and many of the great, famous towns, but to really get the true feeling of what Algarve is and where the Portuguese people are coming from, I believe we need to raise our heads and get a better overview. Alentejo is still a “hidden gem” for most tourists and immigrants. Maybe you have heard about Evora? Alentejo covers more or less the whole area from Lisbon and down to the Algarve and offers a diverse nature and many opportunities for a high quality life.

The authentic Algarve is not far away. Also in the high season you can find an almost empty beach if you know where to look.

Only 15 minutes inland from the south coast, you find a completely different world. 30 minutes away, you will definitely say WOW! It’s so different, beautiful and amazing, I promise you! And…. you can get a high class dinner, a coffee….or a house (!) for half of the price, compared to the seafront area.

What’s the difference between me and other tour guides in Portugal?

Let me first say this; there are plenty of fantastic tour companies in Portugal! In the same way as there are hundreds of hotels offering a comfortable bed and good service in different price range. Portugal is for everyone!

With Wow Guide Portugal, I have taking the private, guided tours to a higher level. My services and the experiences I’m providing is for those who wants more, better, personal and exclusive. Each tour takes hours to plan and prepare.

In the same way as people who choose to stay in a luxury 5-stars hotel wants more than a comfortable bed and good service. And are willing to pay for it, because they know what the difference is.

Quality is not an action or a fancy surface, it’s a mindset.

The luxury picnic is home made and filled with the best quality coffee, wine and local delicacies. Most of the fresh fruit I serve have I picked myself. This is the kind of luxury I want to give people – an authentic experience beyond the everage. As always, the only ones who knows the truth are my clients. You can read their testimonies here.

About me

After 45 years in Sweden, I had enough of snow, rain and cold wind. I sold more or less everything I had, packed my car with my belongings and set the gps on “Faro”, avoid highways, and drove down. That was without doubt the most amazing road trip I’ve ever done. As soon as you turn away from the big roads, you see a new Europe.

I love to drive, so choosing road trips was easy. I’ve been working with many things. Before I decided to be a guide with extra wow, I worked as a professional speaker in motivational leadership and organisation development. It might seem like a big step between those jobs, but in reality it’s very much the same. It’s about people, how we create good energy for both ourselves and each other.

Elise Slotte, owner and guide