Portugal, Europe’s safe haven

Dear Editor,

Your article about Portugal’s fifth place in the global peace index (last week’s edition) had me thinking about how lucky we are to live in such a safe country.

With the grind of daily life, we sometimes forget how blessed we are in terms of the safety we enjoy in Portugal.

Bad things happen everywhere. It is unavoidable.

Just look at the amount of shooting massacres in the US; or the disrespect for human rights in many African countries or dictatorships such as North Korea; or the ongoing wars in the Middle East.

While Portugal has its fair share of problems, very few of them are related to security issues.

In the Algarve, apart from a very few black spots (like Albufeira’s Oura Strip!) you can enjoy walks through towns, even at night-time, without having to worry too much about your safety. For me personally, this is close to being in paradise!

Having said all this, there is something you need to worry about … driving on the EN125! It’s best to be safe than sorry, so when driving along this dangerous Algarve road, be very careful! It is currently a total mess! As your readers may know, it’s considered to be one of the deadliest in Europe and the number of accidents just keeps increasing every year.

Joanne H – a regular visitor, in love with Alvor