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Of 168 fairytales conjured up by Hans Christian’s imagination, none can compare to the Portuguese legend of Inês de Castro, the fair maiden of Coimbra.

On his visit to the city, his...

José Saramago finished his “Journey to Portugal” on page 440 of his book. Yes, he briefly visited Raposeira, Guadalupe and Cabo de São Vicente, but the last town of note on his journey was Lagos...

Hans Christian Andersen is best known as the author of popular fairytales but in his lifetime he was equally respected as a travel writer. In this fortnightly series, Carolyn Kain uses his...

Hans Christian Andersen is best known as a writer of popular fairytales but in his lifetime he was equally respected as a travel writer. In this fortnightly series, Carolyn Kain uses his...

Hans Christian Andersen is better known today for his popular fairytales but during his lifetime he was equally respected as a travel writer. This is the second in a fortnightly series where...

Hans Christian Andersen is best known as a writer of popular fairytales – ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – to name just a few... In his...

We have D. João V (1706-1750) to thank for a number of remarkable buildings in Portugal. The stunning and colossal Palácio Nacional de Mafra, the magnificently coloured Joanine Library in Coimbra...

Twenty-three years ago, on May 16 1993, a special ceremony took place to re-dedicate Faro’s newly-restored Jewish cemetery which had been neglected since 1960. This was thanks to Judy Pinto and...

Danish-born Arne Handberg Jakobsen served in the Royal Danish Navy at the time of the cod wars in the 1960s, and he has never lost either his interest in the cod fishing industry or his admiration...

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