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PM flies to Madrid to discuss Ukraine/ sanctions against Russia

Meeting to "prepare" for extraordinary EU summit next week PM António Costa will be in Madrid later today to meet Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez in preparation for next week’s ‘extraordinary EU summit’, taking place in Brussels (on Monday and Tuesday). The summit is due to discuss help for Ukraine, and sanctions...

Portugal “continues to be one of safest countries in world”

PM puts latest homeland security report into context Portugal continues to be one of the safest countries in the world, PM António Costa has stressed...

Algarve Central Hospital to finally move forward?

Parliament approves proposal to begin construction proceedings There could finally be some light at the end of the tunnel for the construction of the...

José Mourinho makes history with Conference League win

First coach to win European trophies with four different clubs José Mourinho has become the first manager to win major European trophies with four different...

New US ambassador to Portugal highlights “unique” and “special” role of Azores

Continued importance of Lajes airforce base reinforced The new US ambassador to Lisbon, Randi Charno Levine, has highlighted the "unique" and "special" role that the...

Protecting the ocean is protecting life

Turtle released back to sea as part of Navy Day celebrations in Faro  Faro welcomed this year’s celebrations of Portuguese Navy Day by hosting several...

Pestana needs 1,000 employees for summer

Hotel group reports €23 million profits in 2021 Pestana hotel group needs 1,000 employees for the summer season, having already hired around 480. The announcement was made by the group’s CEO José Theotónio during a press conference at the Pestana Palace in Lisbon on Thursday. The worker shortage has been so severe...

Azora takes over Pestana Blue Alvor

Azora strikes again, taking over fourth Algarve hotel Pestana Blue Alvor has become the latest five-star hotel in the Algarve to be acquired by Azora European Hotel & Lodging, an investment fund managed by Madrid-based European real estate manager Azora. The news has been confirmed in a statement released by...

5 reasons why you should choose holiday rentals over hotel accommodation 

The Algarve’s Quinta dos Vales with its newly opened wine-resort The Vines is the perfect example When planning a holiday, the choices are endless. Always on the hunt for new experiences – the unquenchable thirst of the human eye can rarely be sufficiently satisfied by the beauty of this world,...

Algarve has most “Instagrammable” bus line in Portugal

Eva Cliffs Line is the new bus line from Vamus Algarve that transports passengers through an idyllic landscape by the sea. There are 19 stops...

Conrad Algarve celebrates 10 years of success

Milestone anniversary to be celebrated with several events Quinta do Lago’s Conrad Algarve is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a series of events,...

IKEA Loulé celebrates fifth anniversary with discounts

40% discounts for IKEA Family members, free kids’ menus and ‘all you can eat’ meatballs IKEA Loulé will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a number...

IKEA Loulé welcomes new manager

Emmanuel Charpentier appointed manager as IKEA Loulé celebrates fifth anniversary  Frenchman Emmanuel Charpentier was announced as IKEA Loulé’s new store manager on Tuesday, taking over...

Business opportunity in Algarve

Living the good life In 2003, our new life began in the Western Algarve. Dreams of chickens, ducks and homegrown vegetables soon became a reality. Moving...

Is it time to consider downsizing your home?

Portugal offers fantastic property opportunities in outstanding surroundings, so it is unsurprising that many Britons choose to retire to their own place in the Algarve. Whether you buy residence or...

Why time in the markets matters

When you have worked hard to build up your savings, it is not always easy to decide how best to look after them, especially...

Teleworking regime: alterations introduced

Law 83/2021 of December 6 proceeded to make the 17th amendment to the Portuguese Labour Code, establishing the new legal regime for teleworking, which...

UK Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2022

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered the Spring Budget on March 23. Although the statement does not present any significant changes that...

Our villa rental checklist for new owners in the Algarve

For property owners in the Algarve, the decision to rent your property is a huge decision. As a leading villa rental specialist in the region, SandyBlue believes that this decision can be one of the best you will ever make. So, how can you make the most of your property...

Opening party for Fine & Country Tavira office

The team at the Fine & Country Tavira office was finally able to celebrate the opening of their new premises. The opening party, on May 6, saw a great turn-out of local residents and businesspeople from the Tavira area and members of the Fine & Country team from the other...

 Brits eager to pack up and move to Portugal

Moving to Portugal Show in London reveals how market has evolved during the pandemic. After an absence of two years due to the pandemic, the...

Home décor trends for 2022

After two years of change and hours stuck indoors, many of us will be feeling the urge to upgrade our living spaces. Shall we go...

The importance of a marketing launch for your Algarve property

Making the decision to rent your property in the Algarve is a big step to make. Knowing countless property owners throughout the Algarve, the SandyBlue...

More than 42,000 Brits now call Portugal home

Demand for a new life overseas remains strong, says Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK New figures from Portugal’s Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF)...
Portugal Resident

The June 2022 Night Sky

Welcome to the June night sky. This is the month of the summer solstice when our sun will pass at its highest point in...
Portugal Resident

Adventure at your leisure

For 15 years, one family has provided exhilarating ways to explore the area they live in, whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle OceanBlue has taken many...
Isobel Costa

Stop bugging me … I’m working

I have been working from home for a long time, yet I had never set up my ‘office’ in the garden as I feel...
Rosie Peddle

Rewilding on the Algarve – two case studies

A recent Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal (MGAP) event focussed on two case studies near Aljezur showing rewilding in the Algarve. The morning visit was to...

FOOD & wine

Another interesting varietal wine from Casal Sta. Maria

I have written here before about the excellent varietal wines made by this producer located near Colares, in the Sintra hills of the Lisbon...

Algarve Wine Society way out west

On May 17, more than 50 members of the Algarve Wine Society headed to the extreme corner of the Algarve for a wine tasting...

Monte da Bonança – Elegance from the Alentejo

New in at Apolónia and priced at €13.95 is this classy red from a winery I had not yet heard of. Monte da Bonança...

American sommeliers “very surprised” by quality of Algarve wines

Guests described experience as “very positive” The Algarve Wine Commission (CVA) welcomed a group of American sommeliers and retailers for a wine tasting session at...

Wine, food and art at Tchin Tchin!

Estômbar winery Arvad hosts gastronomic event A gastronomic event entitled ‘Tchin Tchin!’ will be held at Arvad Wine in Estômbar (Lagoa) on Saturday (May 21),...

112 – The European Emergency Call Number

Dear Editor, Regarding David Thomas’ article about calling 112 in Portugal (April 14 edition), I would just like to share my experience with you –...

Limited agreement between Guterres and Putin in Moscow

COMMENT United Nations Secretary-General and former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres had a frank discussion with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, but they...

Cybersecurity checklist for small and medium businesses

Cyber security has been very much in the news for the last months with several major organisations affected. No matter the size of the...

The Oldest Alliance

The Times on February 19 this year published a leader anticipating in March the 650th anniversary of the Treaty of Tagilde between England and...