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After the Restoration of 1640, and in the face of Spanish attempts to reconquer Portugal, the medieval castle in Alcoutim was remodelled for artillery and the castle in Castro Marim, the guardian...

The stunning Algarve scenery of tree-covered rolling hills, golden shimmering sands and a deep blue ocean has attracted many foreigners to trade, to settle or to spend their short summer holidays...

José Saramago, in his usual disparaging way, wrote a measly four lines about Castro Marim. He stopped here only to look at the beautiful archangel Gabriel in the town church, and walked up to the...

Lagos, with its modern marina and small roads, where almost every other building is a bar or restaurant, is today one of the most popular tourist towns in the Algarve, but how many know its...

It’s a 21st century fairy story, the engagement of an English Prince to an Afro-American actress. Controversially, the historian and journalist Mario de Valdes asserts that Meghan will not be the...

In my previous article on Portugal’s Role in World War One, we saw how the two divisions of the CEP (Corpo Expedicionário Português) fared in the muddy, cold trenches in a Flanders winter. In this...

Marrying into the British royal family requires stamina and fortitude. The Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Bragança, would second that remark. After marrying Charles II in 1662, she was...

A Gothic architectural masterpiece where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shortly to be married, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, holds considerable significance for the Portuguese.

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The past is all around us and despite living in Lagoa for the last 19 years, I did not know much about its history, so I went for a walk through the narrow streets and talked to some local...

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