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There are dinosaur footprints on three beaches near Lagos. They were first discovered in 1995 on a flat rock at the western end of Salema beach. Later, more prints were found including at Porto de...

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What were the first words ever spoken on the telephone?

They were spoken by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, when he made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his...

In September 2013, the Algarve Resident carried my article about Tavira’s €354,000 restoration project on the Church of São Pedro Gonçalves Telmo in the Corredoura in Tavira.

São Pedro re...

Welcome to the August night sky. This is the month of warm summer nights in the northern hemisphere and it is ideal for stargazing and meteor watching as the 12th of this month is the peak of the...

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...

The town of Silves with its views of the Monchique mountains and wonderfully preserved castle is, in my opinion, one of the loveliest in the Algarve. It has been populated since the Iron Age due...

At Fontainebleau on October 27 1807, Spanish and French government representatives finalised the treaty by which Portugal was to be partitioned. Napoleon had sent 25,000 troops under Marshal Junot...

Holiday fraud: villa villains

My definition of a “villa villain” is: someone who steals by fraud thereby ruining someone else’s holiday. Not exactly a legal definition, but I think this summarises the growing number of, and...

Welcome to the July night sky. This month our planet Earth is at the point in its orbit furthest away from the Sun, so our northern hemisphere summers are slightly less hot than they could have...

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