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10 firecracker questions to… Founder of Castelbel | Aquiles Araújo Barros

Castelbel is the internationally known Portuguese brand manufacturing extremely high-quality home and body scented products that combines outstanding design with exquisite fragrances and the finest formulations. The name Castelbel derived from the combination of the name of the small town where the company has always been located (Castêlo da Maia) and the portuguese word for beauty (beleza). The company started their activity at the end of 1999 and nowadays, besides the USA., the main markets are the UK, Spain, Germany and Australia.

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Aquiles Araújo Barros is the founder and director of Castelbel. He’s the realest combination of an entrepreneur with a visionary.

Born in 1950, with a degree in Chemical Engineering by Porto University, where in 1973 started to lecture and doing research for 40 years. In 1986, he finished a PhD in Chemistry and in 1999 became Aggregate in Chemistry.

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Curious fact: Volleyball player since he was 14 years old, being National Champion in 1967 when playing for FC Porto, at the age of 19 he decided to take Volleyball to the small town where he was leaving and founded Castelo da Maia Ginásio Clube, which turned to be one of the best volleyball teams in Portugal.

In 1999, founded Castelbel, with two friends: Jerónimo Campos and Jonathan Bresler. In 2013, the growth of Castelbel was so impressive that he was forced to retire from the Faculty and dedicate all his time to the company.

Aquiles accepted the challenge to name his first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
Aquiles: Beach (watching the waves)

#2. Restaurant with guts and character
Aquiles: Esplanada Marisqueira A Antiga, Matosinhos

#3. The unmissable with 30 minutes in Porto
Aquiles: Walk along the margins of Douro river, near Dom Luís bridge

#4. Porn dream food
Aquiles: Roasted codfish

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Porto
Aquiles: Travel on the yellow line of Metro do Porto

#6. Influential leader to seat next to you on a flight
Aquiles: No one (I hate flying)

#7. Memorable and one-of-a-kind hotel
Aquiles: Home (it’s almost a hotel… just nicer)

#8. Portugal on a plate
Aquiles: Tripas à moda do Porto (tripe with white bean stew)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
Aquiles: Guimarães historical centre

#10. Most used expression in Portuguese
Aquiles: Bom senso (common sense)

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