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Serra da Estrela tourism hit by ‘wave of cancellations’ post-wildfire

Hotels particularly call for ‘recovery plan’, underlining “none of this needed to have happened…” As tourism and hoteliers in Serra da Estrela suffer a wave of cancellations as a result of this month’s devastating wildfire, criticism has again honed in on 'serious mistakes in firefighting strategy'. Talking to Expresso for an...

More than 6,500 nurses have presented “excuses of responsibility”

Liability waivers have increased five-fold since last November More than 6,500 nurses in Portugal have put in requests for ‘excuse of responsibility’ (or liability waivers)...

Firefighting chief dies in active combat in Caldas da Rainha

Carlos Antunes suffered a massive heart attack Óbidos firefighter and ‘second in command’ at the station Carlos Antunes died yesterday in active combat of the...

Fatacil fair begins this Friday in Lagoa!

Organisers promise “best edition ever” Fatacil, the Algarve’s famous August fair which every summer attracts thousands of visitors to Lagoa, is making its long-awaited return...

Alentejan zinc-copper mine “may be sold for a billion euros”

Canadian owner Lundin Mining Corp not saying either way The Neves-Corvo zinc-copper mine, operating out of Castro Verde, in the Alentejo, may be sold for...

Miracle seaweed discovered in Peniche

Slows skin’s aging - request for patent already approved A team of investigators at MARE - the centre for sciences of the sea and environment...

Put some colour in your life with IDéKO Concept Store

A new home décor showroom has opened in Almancil with a fantastic selection of items to explore and get you inspired. At IDéKO Concept Store, customers will find a vast range of furniture and home décor products with unique designs suitable for all styles. Decorative accessories for entertaining, savouring, organising,...

Second-hand clothes sold at Auchan supermarkets in Faro and Portimão

Second-hand clothes are being sold at Auchan supermarkets in Faro and Portimão as part of a partnership between the French retail group and Portuguese online second-hand clothes store MyCloma. Entitled ‘ReUse’, these spaces allow shoppers to browse through and purchase a wide range of second-hand clothes. The opening of the two...

Lidl invests €200 million in Portugal

The retail chain Lidl has announced in a communiqué that it will invest €200 million in Portugal this year. The German company also said it was fully committed to Portugal where since 2017 it has invested around €1 billion. Of the latest €200 million investment, €125 million has been earmarked for...

Continente opens in Odiáxere, creating 92 new jobs

Located at Sítio do Carrascal in Odiáxere, the new Continente Modelo opened to the public last Friday with a team of 92 employees, a...

Portimão Market opens the Algarve’s first “presuntaria”

The new shop offers a selection of cured hams, Portuguese wines and small delicacies to please the most demanding palates. Located inside Portimão’s Municipal Market,...

Validity of foreign driving licences in Portugal

The Decree-Law 46/2022, of July 12, modified the Highway Code concerning the conditions required to render a foreign driving licence valid in Portugal. This Decree-Law introduces a simplification regime that...

Do you still have bank accounts, or savings and investments, in the UK?

While British expatriates will open a local bank account in their country of residence, and look for new tax-efficient investment opportunities, many will also...

The cost of living longer  

By making the lifestyle choice to retire in Portugal, you’ll want to make the most of what the country has to offer, hopefully well...

UK inheritance tax and domicile – what you need to know today

UK inheritance tax follows you around the world, since it is based on domicile, not residence. You could live in Portugal long term and...

Merlin Properties buys Novobanco HQ for €112 million

Spanish real estate investors Merlin Properties have bought one of the most iconic modern buildings in Lisbon for €112.2 million. The purchase of the Novobanco HQ building located on Avenida da Liberdade will probably go down as the largest single property deal in Portugal in 2022. According to a communiqué sent...

Lisbon house price increases higher than London

Lisbon is the seventh city in the world where residential property prices rose the most in the first half of 2022. Values in the residential property sales market in Lisbon rose 3.7% between January and the end of June behind cities such as Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco that...
Diane Lowe

Building confidence in timid dogs

The world is full of ‘things’ that are scary and some dogs cope better than others. So how do we build courage in timid...
David Thomas

Who does what in a major fire? – Part 2

In our first part of this two-part series, I gave an overview of the firefighting structure under the National Operational Directive to Combat Rural...
Len Port

Heated clashes over the climate

COMMENT Amid the wildfires and droughts in Portugal and across the European continent, there has been no sign of a return to China’s co-operation...
Scott Cranfield

Golf: Use your natural sequence for easy power

In a natural state of throwing, pulling or hitting, your body works through an equally natural sequence of movement. This is often referred to...

FOOD & wine

Organic Dão from Mr. Niepoort

I picked up this 2017 vintage of Dirk Niepoort’s Bioma red in ConventBio organic farm shop costing around €19 - also available at supermarkets...

Quinta do Lago’s CUÁ CUÁ Club welcomes TASCA

Quinta do Lago’s CUÁ CUÁ Club welcomes TASCA of renowned chef José Avillez Last year, the opening of CUÁ CUÁ Club in BuganVilia Plaza was...

João Clara’s boutique winery

Passion, tradition and innovation come together under a boutique winery’s new roof Staying relevant while preserving tradition can be a conundrum in the wine world....

Quinta dos Vales Grace Syrah-Viognier

The new Summer Red Wine of Quinta dos Vales Quinta dos Vales is a leading wine estate in Algarve, Southern Portugal, not only for its...

An unusual and interesting organic claypot white wine

The claypot trend continues to grow in Portugal and around the winemaking world and I for one am a fan. I love the way that...

Beat the heat

It’s roasting out there! I must say that while the rest of the planet descends on our shores, this is not my favourite time...

Growing up to be a physiotherapist

Children often say what they want to be when they grow up. A dancer, a chef, a doctor, a footballer, a racing car driver...

Algarve stray dog finds new home in Scotland

A Scottish family-of-four enjoying a holiday in the Algarve has returned home with more than just great memories. The Robertsons (father John, mother Lesley...

The August 2022 Night Sky

Welcome to the August night sky. This is the month of the late summer night sky when the Milky Way will be well visible...

Pet Corner: When something is not right

When a dog isn’t up to it and appears clearly unwell, look out for the first sign - the tail, the usually happy, rotating...