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OUR PORTUGAL CONNECTION (continued)

Hideaway Portugal is run by Alexander Corrie, who first visited Portugal as a university student in the summer of ‘93. That was when his family moved to Porto, heart of the Port wine trade. They have been in Portugal ever since!

Memories from that first summer are of exploring Porto, with its cool Port cellars and historic Ribeira town quarter. On the culinary front, there were numerous sardinhadas (sardine barbecues), as well as moments enjoying Port, with so many different styles: tawnies, LBVs, vintages and more! At weekends there were trips to long empty beaches in the Coastal Beiras, and stays in Quinta vineyard estates in the Douro wine region. Backpacking to points around the country, Alex saw the green and pleasant Minho region, the traditional and rugged Trás-os-Montes and cultural, pastel-coloured Lisbon.

 

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In 2001, having graduated with a degree in Geography from Oxford, and worked with wildlife safaris and conservation in East Africa, Alex moved back to Portugal. Here, he did a season leading small-group walking tours in the vast rural Alto Alentejo region (home to black bulls, cork oaks and hilltop villages) and the volcanic Azores islands (superb for hiking, diving and whale watching). A year later, Alex started a job as a marketing director in the Port cellar district of Porto, promoting and selling wines to foreign markets. Weekends back in Portugal were spent discovering diverse areas of the country: usually fairly off the beaten track! In those days, new areas for Alex included the rugged inland Mountain Beiras and the dramatic coastline of the Baixo Alentejo and western Algarve.

Years of living in and exploring Portugal, along with experience renting out his holiday property, led Alex to launch Hideaway Portugal in 2012. A niche holiday rental website, Hideaway Portugal focuses on special places to stay in beautiful and authentic areas of the country. Recommendations and descriptions are given for each region, including information on festivals, outdoor sports, architecture, food, wine and more. Bookings are made direct with trusted owners.

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