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We have D. João V (1706-1750) to thank for a number of remarkable buildings in Portugal. The stunning and colossal Palácio Nacional de Mafra, the magnificently coloured Joanine Library in Coimbra...

Welcome to the June night sky. This is the month of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. It occurs when the Sun reaches its highest point in the daylight sky and therefore we have the...

Twenty-three years ago, on May 16 1993, a special ceremony took place to re-dedicate Faro’s newly-restored Jewish cemetery which had been neglected since 1960. This was thanks to Judy Pinto and...

|| 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...

There is a feeling of great optimism in the tourism industry in Portugal and all forecasts are that 2016 could be a record year. Tourism is vital for our economy and accounts for about 10% of the...

Welcome to the May night sky. The big event of this month is the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. These transits of Mercury can only happen at the moment during the months of May or...

Danish-born Arne Handberg Jakobsen served in the Royal Danish Navy at the time of the cod wars in the 1960s, and he has never lost either his interest in the cod fishing industry or his admiration...

I was impressed when a few days ago a young lad won our “Safe use of Social Media and Internet quiz” held at Iceland supermarket in Guia. The person concerned scored maximum points and it was...

Welcome to the April night sky. This is the month when we have the chance to spot the elusive planet Mercury. It will be visible during the first two weeks of the month just after sunset, low on...

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