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My recent trip to Japan has left me with saudades for Japanese courtesy, order and cleanliness. In the wake of those inveterate Portuguese explorers, my fascination with Japan is in the first...

In 1812, Lord Byron was suddenly acknowledged as a literary genius. “I awoke one morning and found myself famous,” he explained.

This was due, at least in part, to his visit to Portugal...

The Algarve was always remote, even after the railway had been built. Not until Faro airport was opened in 1965 has this region enjoyed wide popularity. The traditional and historic way to get to...

Many people could name some famous Portuguese: perhaps the footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Eusébio; the explorers Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias and Magellan; and...

Christmas Eve, known as the ‘Consoada’, is when Portuguese families get together to celebrate Christmas. The traditional dinner is salted cod fish (bacalhau) boiled with potatoes, carrots, cabbage...

An unscientific worldwide poll begun in 2000 came up with the new Seven Wonders of the World. They were The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, Chichen Itza in Mexico,...

Fernando Pessoa is thought of as one of the great poets of Portugal, for some equivalent to Luís Vaz de Camões. Pessoa’s genius is attributed to his invention of the heteronym.

In the...

Written by Hans Christian Andersen, this fascinating travelogue has been serialised into eight episodes by Carolyn Kain. This week, in the final episode, she looks at evidence and asks: “Was Hans...

From the aircraft as it approached the runway, I saw the golden sand, picturebook-coloured houses, sunlight twinkling on the waves, the cathedral so close and the rows of boats in the marina....

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