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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...

Tavira is often referred to as A Cidade das Igrejas, the town of churches, and some people reckon that Tavira is home to more than 30 of them. If we were including the number of churches in the...

Friday, February 13, 2015 marked an important anniversary for Portugal. This unlikely date saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of General Humberto Delgado by the PIDE, Portugal’s secret...

About 30km north of Lisbon lie the Royal Palace, Convent and Basilica of Mafra. This astonishing architectural monolith is Portugal’s most important monument of the Baroque period.

The...

The earliest surviving recorded Valentine is a medieval French poem entitled ‘Farewell to Love’, written by Charles, Duke of Orléans in 1415, to his wife Bonne of Armagnac. Charles wrote the poem...

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