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I recently went on the first heritage walk, one of five organised by Lagoa council. During the walk around the town of Estombar, we were treated to a re-enactment by Faro’s Te-Atrito Theatre Group...

The river in Tavira is strange in that below the Roman Bridge it is known as the Gilão and, above the bridge, it is called the Séqua. On the hill on the northern bank of the Rio Séqua, opposite...

After the Restoration of 1640, and in the face of Spanish attempts to reconquer Portugal, the medieval castle in Alcoutim was remodelled for artillery and the castle in Castro Marim, the guardian...

The stunning Algarve scenery of tree-covered rolling hills, golden shimmering sands and a deep blue ocean has attracted many foreigners to trade, to settle or to spend their short summer holidays...

José Saramago, in his usual disparaging way, wrote a measly four lines about Castro Marim. He stopped here only to look at the beautiful archangel Gabriel in the town church, and walked up to the...

Lagos, with its modern marina and small roads, where almost every other building is a bar or restaurant, is today one of the most popular tourist towns in the Algarve, but how many know its...

It’s a 21st century fairy story, the engagement of an English Prince to an Afro-American actress. Controversially, the historian and journalist Mario de Valdes asserts that Meghan will not be the...

In my previous article on Portugal’s Role in World War One, we saw how the two divisions of the CEP (Corpo Expedicionário Português) fared in the muddy, cold trenches in a Flanders winter. In this...

Marrying into the British royal family requires stamina and fortitude. The Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Bragança, would second that remark. After marrying Charles II in 1662, she was...

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