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The creative look of

Santi Salles

Santi Salles is a multi-faceted artist who works across several artistic disciplines.

Santi Salles was born in Barcelona in 1964. He is a sketcher, illustrator, graphic designer and creative professional with over 20 years’ experience working with different creative agencies and companies.

His work has been published in El País, La Vanguardia, GQ, and Vanity Fair. He has published several books of drawings and illustrations. An Urban Sketcher heart and soul, he has taken part in several festivals, and was an instructor at the 10th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam. He has been training on workshops, Master’s degrees and conferences since 2014.

Santi Saller was fascinated by the strength of tradition in Portugal’s interior and was always pleasantly surprised.

What surprised you on this journey?

I was very surprised by the historic village route. I think it's a great place to spend a few days.

What was the greatest challenge in this experience? And the greatest reward?

I think the greatest challenge was to draw and render pre-historic cave drawings at night. The biggest reward was meeting wonderful people and the indelible memory of the journey.

What was your favourite moment during this journey?

It's very hard to choose one, there were so many. But if I had to, I would say it was watching the sunset from the terrace at Casa da Cisterna while Gonçalo Cadilhe played guitar.

How has this experience changed the way you travel from now on?

It reinforced the idea I had of investing more time in travel for relaxing and enjoying the cuisine and landscapes.