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As I left the aeroplane in Faro in May 1997 and sniffed the air, I felt that I had come home. A strange feeling in a tourist … which disappeared in Olhão, our first projected stopping off point...

Being half English, half Portuguese, as children at Christmas we had the best of both cultures. Here, the Christmas build up is relatively modest, no overly decorated houses, simple shop displays...

Books have always been a traditional Christmas gift and, despite the increasing publication of novels as e-books, there is still something special about turning the pages of a beautifully...

When Peter and I moved to Portugal 17 years ago, one regret was the fact that Tavira’s churches were generally closed unless there was a service.

We spoke to members of the local council...

There are dinosaur footprints on three beaches near Lagos. They were first discovered in 1995 on a flat rock at the western end of Salema beach. Later, more prints were found including at Porto de...

In September 2013, the Algarve Resident carried my article about Tavira’s €354,000 restoration project on the Church of São Pedro Gonçalves Telmo in the Corredoura in Tavira.

São Pedro re...

The town of Silves with its views of the Monchique mountains and wonderfully preserved castle is, in my opinion, one of the loveliest in the Algarve. It has been populated since the Iron Age due...

At Fontainebleau on October 27 1807, Spanish and French government representatives finalised the treaty by which Portugal was to be partitioned. Napoleon had sent 25,000 troops under Marshal Junot...

Not far to the north-east of Beja in the Alentejo lies the village of Baleizão. It was famous in the Middle Ages for its royal hunting reserve. But in 1954 it became famous for another quite...

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