My Air Transat Expat Expert Video: The Layers of Porto, Portugal

My Porto video for Air Transat is online!

If you’re travelling to Porto, get the inside track from a local: me. I’ll take you across the Douro River to a fishing village in a small boat with a fantastic view, I’ll show you where the fish is fresh and grilled to order, and even where to buy fish if you want to grill it yourself. I’ll also give you the scoop on where to wind down after a day of sightseeing and exploring: a tea house with a menu so large the teas are sorted by region.

July 29, 2015: I’m A Transat Expat Expert For Porto

Video description:

Published on Aug 3, 2015

Follow Gail Aguiar, a Canadian expat in Portugal, as she takes you on a virtual tour of her favourite places in Porto. Experience an authentic Portuguese meal at Casa do Pescador, a family-owned grill house where fish is the specialty, visit Mercado de Matosinhos, a traditional market featuring a variety of restaurants, fresh vegetables and plants, and take a tea break at the cozy and relaxed Rota do Chá, an artsy tea house offering a wide selection of teas from around the world.

Casa do Pescador: Rua Vasco da Gama, 18, Afurada, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400, Portugal

Mercado de Matosinhos: Av. D. Afonso Henriques, 4454-510 Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal

Rota do Chá: Rua Miguel Bombarda 457, Porto, Porto 4050-382, Portugal

For more information visit the Experience Transat blog:

You can find my bio here:

My articles for Air Transat (there’s one more to be published):

Portugal’s Best Kept Sandwich Secret: the Bifana
Miramar’s Breathtaking Miracle Chapel in Porto, Portugal

I’m A Transat Expat Expert For Porto

I’m very excited to share with you my participation in a new series for the Experience Transat website by Air Transat, a holiday travel airline based in Canada, where I get to talk about my new home base: Porto!

As an expat Canadian living in one of Air Transat’s European destination cities, I was invited to share my insider knowledge of Porto with other Canadians. They asked me to choose my three favourite spots here and write about them, and another three spots which we could film — these are places which you won’t find in most (if any) guidebooks. The biggest challenge was to decide which spots to show — I have so many, and by publishing time I will have more! How on earth do I narrow down my list??

I managed to complete everything just a few days before our anniversary trip, and my first article was published on the website last week. Click on the image to head straight to the article:

Miramar's Breathtaking Miracle Chapel in Porto, Portugal

My first article as a #TransatExpertExpat is up!

More of my articles will be rolling out over the next weeks, PLUS the video interview that was filmed last month in Porto. I’ve seen the first draft, and once the shock of seeing myself on a screen wore off, I was able to relax and enjoy it… :) As someone who is always behind the camera, I can tell you only my passion for Porto could get me in front of the camera!

You can find my bio here, and under that the links to my articles (and upcoming video):

Stay tuned for more!

Filming Day Around Porto

behind the scenes with Lightbox Films in Porto

Some behind-the-scenes shots from a full day of filming… yes, the one who’s always behind the camera was in front of the camera this time! (A major role reversal and lots of fun for a day, but I still prefer to be on the other side of the lens.)

Regardless, I’d like to give a BIG shout-out to the wonderful folks at Lightbox Film & Advertising in Porto, who I worked with for more than six hours shooting around Gaia, Matosinhos, and Porto for Air Transat based in Montreal. Luis (Director), Tiago (Camera), Vitor (Camera), and Alex (Assistant) were a fantastic, extremely professional yet easygoing crew who put up with my sketchy Portuguese and some pretty oppressive heat and humidity. These guys work hard!

Thanks also to Notch Video in Canada, who co-ordinated the project from Toronto and now have the unenviable task of editing a digital mountain of footage of me talking and holding fish and rabbits and eating and drinking and taking a boat…

… and last but DEFINITELY not least, all the vendors who put up with us taking over their space with equipment: Restaurante Casa do Pescador in Afurada, Menino do Douro (Porto-Afurada ferry), the merchants of Mercado de Matosinhos, especially Comida De Rua, and Rota do Chá in Porto.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day with better people!

behind the scenes with Lightbox Films in Porto

behind the scenes with Lightbox Films in Porto

behind the scenes with Lightbox Films in Porto

June 9, 2015
Album: Portugal [Spring 2015]