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My recent unexpected stay in a local public hospital was an eye opener to the dedication of everyone who worked on my ward. We hear about equipment shortages and long waiting lists but the care I...

Dear Editor,

I was driving across Portimão’s old bridge recently when a thought crossed my mind.

What’s the point in having two considerably big arenas in Portimão and Parchal, not...

|| Maria João dos Santos das Neves Heer

Maria’s earliest memories include the trauma leaving her home in Lourenço Marques for good, and at the age of three arriving in cold, cold Coimbra...

When we arrived in the Algarve 17 years ago, Peter and I had ideas about Portuguese history and culture, yet many of our Portuguese novels and poetry books lie on the bookshelves unread. A recent...

There is still one man in the Algarve who makes a living from selling newspapers and magazines on the street. Well, not exactly “on the street” … Carlos Alberto Reis, 53, sells them on board his...

Theatre || In 1662, aged 23, the Portuguese Princess Catarina of Bragança set sail from Lisbon to England. Accompanied by an entourage of courtiers and priests, she was embarking on one of the...

I purchased from a charity shop a small handmade photograph album with a wood cover and pages separated with tissue paper, containing 24 black and white photographs. Inside is handwritten “...

The story of AHA, Associação dos Historiadores do Algarve

In common with many other expatriates living in the Algarve, we found when we arrived here that our knowledge of Portuguese history...

November 1 is All Saints Day which honours Christian saints. November 2 is All Souls’ Day, a day of prayer for the dead. On these days, Portuguese cemeteries are full of visiting families and I...

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