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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...

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...

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