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Threat of ‘wealth tax’ on holiday homes

      Britons who own homes in Spain and other troubled eurozone states could face a new “wealth tax” to help fund future bail-outs, influential German economists have suggested. Senior advisers to Chancellor Angela Merkel are pushing for better-off households to pay towards the cost of any future bail-outs for the weaker members of the […]

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Tavira, Portugal: a cultural city guide

      Churches still outnumber hotels, and you can glimpse what the Algarve was like before mass tourism. Helen Pickles goes exploring. What was the Algarve like before resorts, golf courses and Irish pubs sprang up along this coast with its year-round sunshine and golden beaches? Head east (rather than west) from Faro airport and […]

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25th April 1974 – then and now

by Len Port.   The revolution of 25th April 1974 transformed the political and social set-up and gave great hope to the people ofPortugal. Thirty-nine years on, hope is in short supply. It has evaporated in the face of the intractable economic crisis. What has gone wrong? During the decade before 1974, the country was […]

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Odd weather – and likely to get odder

by Len Port. By our standards, here in the far south of Portugal it had been a long, wet winter. Then suddenly, from one day to the next at the end of last week, spring finally burst forth. Bee-eaters, our most flamboyantly coloured nesting birds, have returned from Africa and are hawking for insects in […]

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The cheapest holiday destinations for 2013

Sterling has fallen against the Euro this year, but holidaymakers won’t find evidence of that in their resort. Lower prices in the popular resort areas of Spain and Portugal are boosting spending power this year.

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B and B and Beyond Vilacampinha, Eastern Algarve,Portugal

This Moorish-style guesthouse is a sophisticated base for exploring the region’s natural delights, says Katie Monk

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Portugal Prime Minister: More Cuts Coming

Portugal’s prime minister warned the nation to brace for even harder times after a court ruling that will force steep spending cuts.

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Portugal’s Algarve: Not just for golf-mad pensioners

It’s known for golf, sun and British retirees, but it should be famous for more. Here’s why

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Portuguese Banks Slash Repossessed Home Prices to Revive Market

Portuguese lenders are offering thousands of repossessed homes at reduced prices after investment in real estate fell to the lowest in a decade. Banco Comercial Portugues SA is offering discounts of as much as 12 percent.

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The First Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition to be Held in the Algarve, Portugal

Whilst most of Europe has been feeling the pinch, the luxury sector certainly hasn’t. Proving this point, the Carnival of Luxury is attracting both exhibitors and visitors internationally to come play in the picturesque Algarve, which is seeing it’s first luxury fair this year in April.

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Saudi tycoon planning more hotels in EuropeTravel & Tourism – Zawya

Saudi industrialist Sheikh Mohamed bin Issa Al Jaber plans to expand his luxury-hotel holdings in Portugal and elsewhere in Europe as the region’s debt crisis presents a buying opportunity for investors with cash.

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Portugal€™s $9 Million Villas Draw Investors to Crisis

At €œThe Keys, € a cluster of luxury villas on the Atlantic coast modelled on Miami`€™s palm- tree resorts, builders and gardeners are busy trying to finish before the summer tourist season.

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Portugal beyond the Algarve

Cities buzzing with music and art, historic towns, uncrowded beaches and majestic mountains … Joanne O’Connor picks 15 great places to go in Portugal

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Portugal’s Algarve: Sun, sea and a bird paradise

REEDS sway beside a path illuminated by the early evening sun. Suddenly a brown bird with outsized neck and chopstick-thin legs explodes upwards on clapping wings before dropping back to settle on a convenient reed stem. My companion and I can’t help ourselves. “Little Bittern,” we chorus excitedly. Luckily the bird remains undisturbed so we […]

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Court refuses to clarify the judgment against Faro’s Macario Correia

The Constitutional Court has refused the request by Faro’s current ex-mayor Macario Correia who sought further clarification on the ruling that he should be removed from office. The Court concluded that Correia can’t have been reading it correctly.

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Algarve beaches are among the best in Europe

Two of the Algarve’s beaches have come in the top 25 in Europe as voted for by millions of travellers around the world who were polled for the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards this month. The region’s Falesia Beach situated in Albufeira was voted the 18th best beach in Europe while Ponta da Piedade in Lagos […]

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Sailing in the Algarve

Discover the southern coast of Portugal from a boat: explore the dramatic rocky cliffs, the quiet coves and caves, drop anchor off a secluded beach and sun bathe, dive or simply enjoy the sunset.

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The Algarve: A golfers’ paradise

Stunning golf courses and glorious sunshine is a combination that makes for a fantastic holiday. The beautiful Portuguese region of the Algarve boasts both in abundance, and below you can discover some of the top courses to head to while you’re there.

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Passing the Port

Author: David Hughes As Port remains king, stunning still red wines and improving whites strive to be noticed in the market place They all came, bringing their vines, the Phoenicians, the Greeks and of course the Romans who named their new province Lusitania, what we now call Portugal, and from where much of the wine […]

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