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Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Two young cyclists who broke a mountain bike ride to draw on a prehistoric UNESCO site face criminal damage charges that could see them jailed for up to eight years.

The unnamed men - aged 25 and 30 - used a small stone to etch the image of a bicycle, a ‘stick man’ and the word BIK onto rock panels in the archeological park of Vale do Côa that display some of the oldest known drawings from the Stone Age (roughly 20.000-22,000 years old).

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Carvoeiro’s Pimenta Preta restaurant has launched an all-new menu by Chef Valdemar Guerreiro who joined just a few months ago. And the changes see the introduction of numerous spicy dishes, with Thai, Indian and South American cuisine adding to the restaurant’s Mediterranean offerings.

The chef spent some 20 years of his career working around the world, including a stint training in Chiang Mai, Thailand and working as a chef in Australia. Valdemar has a true world cuisine approach using simple but authentic techniques.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg; Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem; Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy; Age: +12; Time: 129min

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Director: Ritesh Batra; Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter; Genre: Drama; Age: +12; Time: 150min

Tony Webster, divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life, until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

All hail the fifth generation BMW 5 Series Touring, the world’s most accomplished executive estate.

The new BMW 5 Series is still fresh on the market but BMW is already rolling out the Touring version – and boy it looks good. Even better in the flesh than in the pictures and definitely more attractive than the saloon.

Although the German big-three – BMW, Mercedes and Audi – rely heavily on China and the US to boost their overall sales, this is a car built for the Old Continent. We love estates over here and 96% of all 5 Series Touring live in Europe.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Last Saturday, May 20, was the last night of Vila Vita Parc’s third Fine Wines & Food Fair. As reported in last week’s edition of this newspaper, it kicked off with the Bordeaux Imperial night setting the bar high and continued all week with some of the world’s top chefs, food producers and winemakers.

But Saturday was the night that many people had been waiting for, an event that can be aptly described as street food on steroids. This is a unique concept, developed by Vila Vita Parc and fine-tuned over the years since the first Kitchen Party took place in 2013.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

With President Donald Trump attending the NATO summit in Brussels today - and expected to “press members to pay their full financial share” (ie 2% of GDP), Portugal’s defence minister Azeredo Lopes has been explaining why Portugal is unlikely to bend.

Talking to TSF radio, Lopes said that Portugal’s contribution to the alliance is actually “quite a lot more than a number of other member states” and that the country should be “realistic” and not make “grand promises in relation to defence spending”.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Five Algarve boroughs were put on ‘maximum fire alert’ this week due to soaring temperatures. Twenty others in various districts were pegged at ‘very high risk’. Weeks away from the critical fire season, the countryside is drying up fast.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

The race for Portugal’s “white oil” (lithium) is now well and truly on with at least 46 requests from mining companies now lodged with the government, representing a global investment of €3.8 million.

True to forecasts sounded earlier this year (click here), mining companies are starting to focus attentions on Portugal, particularly in the Alto Minho and Beira Baixa districts.

According to mining.com, moves are also ratcheting up to “convince Tesla (the US electric car manufacturer) to come to Portugal”.

Posted by portugalpress on May 25, 2017

Portuguese football coach José Mourinho is enjoying European glory once again after leading Manchester United to its first Europa League title with a 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm, Sweden last night (May 24).

Apart from delivering some much-needed joy to Manchester after Monday’s horrific terror attack, Mourinho has become the first manager in history to win the Champions League and the Europa League/UEFA Cup more than once.

He is called the Special One for a reason – though the match won’t be remembered as one of the competition’s most exciting.

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