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Portugal strikes gold: UK’s green travel list has only three ‘popular holiday destinations’ on it

Portugal’s inclusion on the UK’s green list for ‘quarantine free’ travel from May 17 is golden. The country is one of only three ‘popular summer short haul destinations on the list’ - and the other two are Israel and Gibraltar. It doesn’t take much to realise Portugal is in pole...

New data shows ‘natural Covid infection’ leaves people better protected than if they take the vaccine

New scientific data shows that if a person is infected with SARS-CoV-2 and goes onto develop Covid-19 and recovers, they will be better protected...

Hospital bosses in shock over ‘small print’ of Brussels ‘bazooka’

Hospital bosses in Lisbon and Porto have been shocked to discover that the ‘small print’ of Europe’s long-promised ‘bazooka’ of recovery funding has actually...

Portuguese Navy “on brink of catastrophe”

The Portuguese Navy is on the brink of catastrophe: only one of its five frigates is operational and the Vasco da Gama - the...

All eyes on Porto as Portuguese presidency hosts EU Social Summit

All eyes today will be on Porto as Portugal hosts the EU ‘Social Summit’ - a meeting focused on setting the European agenda for...

Algarve tourism boss urges Portugal to “open up to non-essential travel”

On a day that Portugal is hoping for ‘good news’ out of the UK (click here), the Algarve’s tourism boss has urged the government...
Len Port

The pressures on press freedom

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres promotes World Press Freedom Day annually on May 3 to raise awareness of the fundamental importance of press...
Guilherme Marques

Putting my money where my mouth is

The Toyota GR Yaris is not your average day-to-day city runabout. This car is a weapon. There are so many things to say about this...
Anthony Slingsby

The Seven Ages of Man … The Schoolboy

Shakespeare’s schoolboy, circa 1600, “with his satchel. And shining morning face, creeping like snail. Unwillingly to school”; William Blake’s schoolboy, 1758, “but to go...
Craig Rogers

Critter spotting

First things first, they are back! Yes, the golden orioles have returned although, at time of writing, I have only seen one male golden...

Property prices grew by almost 18% in the first quarter of 2021

The average sale price of residential property in Portugal grew by 17.4% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period as last year, according to the national property market analysis report. This growth is despite the effect of the pandemic. The report also indicates that the...

Vacation Rental Owners on the Algarve – 5 tips to diversify their business

Sponsored Content Corona hit the tourism industry hard and the pandemic shifted travel behaviour substantially. It has increased the focus on domestic travel, led to more last-minute bookings and more individual accommodation choices. For homeowners, these changing tastes could be an opportunity. Especially among 'safety-first' holidaymakers, vacation rentals have witnessed...

Buying off-plan property in Portugal

Sponsored Content Because it can be cheaper, many expats decide to buy off-plan property in Portugal. That is, to pay for a property that’s not...

At the heart of the community

In recent years, there hasn’t been a time when community spirit and neighbourly kindness has been more important. Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis is one...

Investors eye largest property deal of 2021

The sale of ECS restructuring funds entered its second phase last week with three investors in the running: Davidson Kempner, Bain/Cerberus and Oaktree. Davidson Kempner,...

Local charity group seeks volunteers to help the terminally ill

A group of local volunteers are seeking more people to join their cause of helping the terminally and seriously ill in and around São...

‘Walks with Art’ return to get people out of their homes and walking in nature

Organisers have confirmed that the ‘Walks with Art’ event, held successfully for the first time last year, is returning for its second edition this...

Local artist Inna Hawker to unveil exhibition at Lagoa’s Convent’Bio this weekend

An exhibition of several paintings by local artist Inna Hawker will be inaugurated this Saturday (May 1) at Lagoa’s Convent’bio store. The exhibition will run...

Walking Football Association of Iberia

First of all, may I thank the Resident for giving me this opportunity to extol the virtues of walking football and our links with...

A new pink from the land of green

This recent arrival on the shelves at Apolónia is priced at €11.95 which as a Portuguese rosé puts it in the upper-mid price range,...

Biological wine producer from Baião region sees exports boom

A vineyard which produces completely biological wines has become the largest producer of Green Wine in Portugal’s Baião region exporting to 16 countries around...

Lagoa to host regional and national wine contests

Lagoa is preparing to host this year’s edition of the Algarve Wine Contest as well as Portugal’s Wine City Competition next week at the...

The May 2021 Night Sky

Welcome to the May night sky. This is the time of the year of sunny days and dark clear nights, at least in southern...

It’s not all about tennis in SW19!

Leafy Wimbledon in South West London is home to your columnist but is, of course, most famous for the annual All England Lawn Tennis...

And you thought Portuguese laws were mad!

Before I moved to the Algarve nearly 20 years ago, I got to understand quite a lot about the intricacies and sometimes the out...