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Lagos’ São Gonçalo hospital becomes ‘exclusively’ available to SNS public health service

Lagos’ formerly private São Gonçalo hospital has from today become integrated within the Algarve chain of State-run hospitals (CHUA, standing for Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve). The move opens up another 44 hospital beds for the region, a surgical bloc, a service for consultations/ radiology/ A&E and a laboratory. For a...

New legal challenge: Father-of-three gets himself arrested to question Portugal’s State of Calamity

In another legal challenge prompted by rules brought in in the name of the pandemic, a 41-year-old father of three has become the first...

EU agrees to “do away with tests and quarantines for citizens with Covid Digital Certificates”

Even though it is well-accepted now that the fully-jabbed (and boosted) can transmit the virus, and become infected, Member States of the EU today...

Over a million in isolation as Portugal five days from election

Over a million people are in isolation as a result of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 as Portugal is just five days from legislative elections. The...

PM open to new alliance with radical left; negotiations with centre-right … and minimum salary could go beyond €900

PM António Costa has started the final week of election campaigning on a new tack. He is open to an alliance with the radical...

Abramovich nationality investigation: Russian oligarch “did not pay for Porto Holocaust Museum”

Ongoing investigations into how Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was able to obtain Portuguese nationality at allegedly “lightning speed” by claiming Sephardic Jew descendency have...
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Asthma and female ageing. More prevalent and less controlled

Bronchial asthma is characterised by chronic airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness. Chronic airway inflammation results from the interaction of various types of cells and hyperresponsiveness...
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Portugal between the covers

From the ups and downs of the old Portuguese empire to the intrigues of the Salazar era, James Mayor presents five great books starring...
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Ideal time for planting fruit-bearing hedgerows

In a country where water is scarce and expensive, gardens are full of useful plants: edible, fragrant or medicinal. Making multi-use hedges is a...
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The importance of quality time

As parents and educators, when we are in lessons or talking with our children, we expect them to give us 100% of their attention,...

Reward Properties seals acquisition of “prime development site” in Vale do Lobo

Reward Properties, a joint venture between RE Capital and Neworld, has acquired a site for development in Vale do Lobo. The proposed development will include “a mix of 43 townhouses and villas”. “This acquisition represents our entry into the south of Portugal,” says Olivier Hezelot, Head of Europe at RE...

The importance of domicile

For British expatriates, understanding domicile is an important element of estate planning. It is domicile, not residence, that determines your liability for UK inheritance tax. With rates at 40%, UK inheritance tax is one of the most expensive taxes facing British families – and living in Portugal does not...

Marketing your Algarve villa in 2022

When it comes to the villa rental market in the Algarve, 2022 will be the year to really make your villa stand out from...

United Lisbon project wins ‘Lisbon Prize’ at World Architecture Festival

United Lisbon International School has won the ‘Lisbon Prize’ for the “best building in the city” at the World Architecture Festival. The accolade was awarded...

Hilton’s The Emerald House opens in heart of Lisbon

Hotel chain Hilton has celebrated the opening of The Emerald House in Lisbon, marking the debut of the Curio Collection by Hilton in the...

Fishy business – choosing a pet

Pet Corner In the 70s, fish tanks were the ‘thing’. Dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries afloat with tropical fish and creepy coral tunnels. Every era has...

Haven – the Algarve’s new yoga community

A yoga teacher is creating the Algarve’s first yoga community by bringing together “like-minded people” with a passion for well-being for weekly classes in...

Over €60,000 raised in just six days for young family in Burgau

“Speechless! Thank you to our amazing community and beyond!” This was Dan Robinson’s response to a Crowdfunder created in order to support himself, his...

Animal Rescue Algarve visits Loulé schools to promote animal welfare

Animal welfare education among schoolchildren is Animal Rescue Algarve’s latest project. The Loulé association will be visiting local schools in a bid to promote...

Algarve chef Hans Neuner receives ‘wildcard’ to cook at Estoril Open tennis tournament

Chef Hans Neuner from the two-Michelin star restaurant Ocean at Vila Vita Parc Resort in Porches has been invited to host a live night-time...

A surprising Sauvignon Blanc

I found this wine (€14.15) at my local Intermarché supermarket and the unusual label caught my eye, looking a bit homemade, I suppose. But...

Portugal second-best country for wine-loving travellers, says study

A new study by luggage storage company Bounce has hailed Portugal as the second-best country in the world for wine tourism. The study, entitled ‘The...

Pat, the expat’s annual New Year’s resolutions for everybody

Remember last year, when we were so hopeful, even optimistic that 2021 “had to be better” than 2020? Well, it wasn’t, at least not...

An ode to Portuguese craftsmanship

Lusitânia Handmade Gift Shop pays tribute to the finest handmade pieces The Lusitânia shop opened its doors in Carvoeiro right before the COVID-19 pandemic cast...

London Calling

Sinister tales of London Happy New Year to ‘London Calling’ readers! One year on from his first excellent writing, we have returned to the master...