Snatti - Guias de Portugal

10 Things to Know About SNATTI - GUIAS DE PORTUGAL

1. What year was SNATTI established, and where is the headquarters?

SNATTI was founded in 1936 and the headquarters are in Lisbon: Avenida da Liberdade, Nº3 3º Andar Sala 7 1250-139, Lisboa, Portugal.

2. What is the primary mission/goal of SNATTI?

To promote and defend the qualified tourist guides, members of SNATTI.

Working together with National and Local Organisations such as the General secretary of Tourism, the Portuguese National Tourism Boards and the Lisbon Tourism Board, SNATTI aims to make the profession of tourist guides visible and appreciated by all.

Tourist guide from Porto at the banks of River Douro. View from Luis I Bridge and the Rabelos boats © SNATTI

3. How does someone become a qualified tourist guide in Portugal?

Once a year, there are National Examinations.

The examinations are held in different cities in Portugal. Any person with training in tourism is allowed to enter the examinations, after approval by SNATTI Quality department.

The exams are simulated tours and are candidates have to present in a site (museum, monument), on a walking tour and in a moving vehicle. Just like they would in real life! The candidates are also examined in languages and they have to be able to speak at least two other languages in addition to their native Portuguese.

The examiners can be members of the SNATTI Quality department, SNATTI ExCo, language experts, and representatives of the National Tourism Board and other tourism stakeholders.

Tourist Guide in training class © SNATTI

4. After becoming qualified, what are some of the professional development classes that guides typically take in Portugal to enhance their knowledge and skills?

SNATTI holds a wide variety of CPD programmes, specific site visits and seminaries.

5. Is there an official badge that qualified tourist guides in Portugal wear?

The badge comprises of the Portuguese Coat of Arms and the inscription means “Official Tourist Guide”.

Portuguese Tourist Guide Badge © SNATTI

6. How many qualified tourist guides are members of SNATTI and what are their diverse backgrounds? Also, how many languages do they guide in, and do they specialize in themed tours?

SNATTI has a membership of 400 tourist guides. The qualified tourist guides in Portugal have similar backgrounds. Most of them received a 3 year University training in tourism. A few have qualifications and university degrees in history and languages.

Our guides are National Tourist Guides, which means that they have to have knowledge of the whole of the country and understanding of all the regional variations and issues. In addition our guides have to be able to speak at least another 2 languages and many speak, three or more.

Few of our guides offer specialized tours in different themed areas.

Tourist Guide in the Old Town of Faro © SNATTI

7. What are some of the top reasons for using a qualified tourist guide in Portugal?

The main reasons to use qualified tourist guides are:

  • the high level of training professional tourist guides receive;
  • the quality of knowledge they possess;
  • the experience they have in dealing with adverse situations and the professionalism and pride they bring to their work.

8. What are some of the popular places to visit in Portugal?

There are so many places to visit in Portugal!

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a world famous destination and the picturesque town of Sintra, just outside the capital, a must-see.

Cities such as Coimbra with the oldest university city in Portugal.

Porto with its excellent wines and port produced in the unique Douro Valley.

Guimarães with its 10th C imposing castle.

Braga, the city of the Archbishops of Portugal with one of the oldest cathedrals in the Iberian Peninsula.

Fátima, one of the most important catholic shrines in the world.

Tomar the 12th C city founded by the Knights Templar.

Évora a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and member of the Most Ancient European Towns network.

Madeira with its magnificent flowers, landscape and Unesco Laurisilva park

The complex of the Azores, the 9 green islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, are just some of our suggestions.

And for those who appreciate temperate climate and the outdoors, the Algarve region offers sea, mountains and sport in addition to culture.

Tourist Guide in Commerce Square, Lisbon © SNATTI

9. What are some general tips you would give to potential visitors planning a vacation to Portugal?

Enjoy one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Make sure you don’t miss the wines, gastronomy, history, monuments.

Feel safe and welcome!

Enjoy the sun and temperate climate almost all year round!

And hire a Qualified Tourist Guide!

10. Where can potential visitors to Portugal find out more information about SNATTI and also find a qualified tourist guide?

The first port of call is the SNATTI website

Go to or email to book a Qualified Tourist Guide.

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