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Teatro das Figuras: As Conquistas

Sunday, 31 January 2016 | Culture
Teatro das Figuras: As Conquistas

The cycle of concerts “Era uma vez ... Portugal”, (Once upon a time ... Portugal) is performed by the Orquestra Classica do Sul in the municipal theatre of Faro (Teatro das Figuras) The concerts are called promenade concerts because they take place at a Sunday noon to allow families with younger k...

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Quinta do Lago Laranjal

Sunday, 31 January 2016 | Sport
Quinta do Lago Laranjal

Our last round of golf in Quinta do Lago in January 2016 lead us to Laranjal, the most recently built of the three courses of Quinta do Lago, erected in the terrain of a former orange grove. Due to the excellent winter weather the course was already very busy in the morning, so we started together with a coup...

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Marcelo elected as President of the Republic of Portugal

The Portuguese election agency CNE in Lisbon has announced that the conservative politician has reached the absolute majority of votes with 52,4% and will be sworn in on March 9, 2016, succeeding Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who has to quit after two periods. With around 48% the polling was slightly above that...

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Alto do Mahão

Sunday, 24 January 2016 | Excursion
Alto do Mahão

We had already heard about the so called Buddhist monastery in the Serra north of Loulé, but never been there before. When we learned that the Alto do Malhão would be the finish of the Volta do Algarve 2016 we decided to explore this area. Our way went from Loulé to Salir and from there a...

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Quinta do Lago North Course

Friday, 22 January 2016 | Sport
Quinta do Lago North Course

When we played this course many years ago on a cold and rainy day in the beginning of January the starter welcomed us: “Welcome to the millionaires’ golf”, because we were the only players. In October 2014 the course has been reopened after a complete redesign by renowned American architect ...

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Volta ao Algarve 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016 | Sport
Volta ao Algarve 2016

The "Volta ao Algarve" is the most important cycling event in Portugal. It will take place already for the 42nd time from February 17 to 21, 2016. The race, part of the UCI Europe Tour, is used by many professional teams to prepare for the racing season. The tour will start in Lagos on February 1...

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Presidential elections in Portugal

Sunday, 17 January 2016 | Politics
Presidential elections in Portugal

The poll results published by ZAP.aeiou.com on January 16th indicate that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has the chance to win the election on January 24th 2016 already in the first ballot. According to the Portuguese Constitution, to be elected, a candidate needs a majority (50% + 1). If no candidate gets this majo...

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The day the Algarve said ‘no’ to oil

We have already reported several times about the project of the Portuguese government to explore oil and gas in the Algarve – both offshore and onshore - and the opposition against it, organized by ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association. The article below is an extract from a publication...

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Invasion of beetles

Friday, 08 January 2016 | Nature
Invasion of beetles

The beetle has a size of ca. 3 cm and a red-brown colour. According to a local biologist , Nuno Marques how lives on the Ilha da Armona, it is a red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, a species of snout beetle also known as the Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil. The vermin has been imported togeth...

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Highest national dept ever in Portugal

According to an article published by ZAP.aeiou yesterday, the Bank of Portugal reports monetary reserves of 18,664 billion € for the end of November 2015. This is the highest amount ever, an increase of 23%  compared to the year before. But at the same time also the public dept has reached an all...

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