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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...

Not far to the north-east of Beja in the Alentejo lies the village of Baleizão. It was famous in the Middle Ages for its royal hunting reserve. But in 1954 it became famous for another quite...

David Thomas

You will probably have guessed it but May experienced the highest temperatures for that month since records began, with temperatures reaching 40ºC in Beja. This coupled with high winds has...

Welcome to the June night sky. This is the month with the longest days and the shortest nights in the northern hemisphere. The summer Solstice this year is on June 21 and this marks the time of...

Wave power tested in Ria Formosa

The Algarve’s Ria Formosa could be home to an innovative renewable energy project aimed at testing a Scottish prototype device that can generate electricity from the power of waves.

The...

Tavira’s green energy revolution

A play on the word “cooperative” joined to the name of legendary astronomer and mathematician Copernicus, results in Coopérnico – Portugal’s first renewable energy cooperative, whose pioneering...

“We are going to oversee a substantial increase in solar energy plants here,” António Sá da Costa, president of Portugal’s Renewable Energies Association (APREN), told us.

APREN, led by...

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