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My first article in this series described the perceptions of the Algarve by British travellers before the 20th century. The second article described the views of Italian, Spanish, German and...

My first article (in a series of three) described the perceptions of the Algarve by British travellers before the 20th century. This second article describes the views of Italian, Spanish and...

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 “...

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