December 24, 2006

Blandy's Funchal Madeira

Blandy's Funchal Madeira

Blandy's Funchal Madeira

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Blandy's in Funchal is a Madeira institution and often a must-see sight for tourists, especially Brits, on their holidays on the Portuguese island.

The Blandys are the last remaining family of all the original businesses of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own wine company to this day.

The Blandy business began in 1811 and the family have a reputation as modernizers who have been able to keep pace with the ups and downs of the Madeira wine business over the last two centuries and thus remain in control of their original enterprise - making fine Madeira wines.

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November 22, 2006

Carro de Cesto

Carro de Cesto

Carro de Cesto, Funchal, Madeira

Photograph © m3

Funchal in Madeira has its own unique form of transport - the carro de cesto - a basket-like sledge on wooden runners steered by two sledge drivers called carreiros, dressed in white with straw boaters on their heads.

The carreiros, who range in age from teenagers to near pensioners, pull the wicker sledge with ropes attached to the front to gain momentum and then move behind the sledge to steer as they descend the slope from the hill resort of Monte into Funchal below.

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October 14, 2006

Vilamoura Hotel

Hotel Casa do Alto/Casabranca

Hotel Casa do Alto/CasabrancaA small, family-run hotel with 15 rooms and 3 apartments set in the Algarve countryside, 5 km from Vilamoura beach and 20 km from Faro airport.

All the rooms come with private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, heating and satellite TV.

Enjoy the swimming pool, restaurant and bar facilities.

Activities within easy reach include golf - 12 courses in the area, sailing, riding and tennis in the up-market resort town of Vilamoura.

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September 27, 2006



Alcanena In Alcanena we offer a modern hotel unit with 36 bedrooms, including 2 suites.

All the rooms are equipped with en suite bathroom, air conditioning, direct telephone, mini bar and satellite TV.

We also offer the following services:

Restaurant “Moura do Alviela” with regional and international cuisine, Bar, Gymnasium, Sauna, Free Access to the public swimming pool and parking.

For business clients, we have 7 modern and inviting meeting rooms.


Alcanena Free Car Parking


Internet Access

Wheelchair Friendly

Credit Cards Accepted

Security Lockers in Reception Alcanena

Telephone/Fax Facilities

24 Hour Reception

Key Card Access

Lift / Elevator

Taxes included in price

24 hours check in




Meeting Facilities

mail: alcanena[at]
Phone: 351-249 887 300
Fax: 351-249 887 309
Rua José Afonso- Cabeço do Lavradio
2380-909 Alcanena

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September 14, 2006

Portugal Hostels

Portugal Hostels.
Portugal offers a range of cheap and affordable accommodation.

Hostels and budget hotels are now available to book online in nearly all of Portugal's main tourist resorts and places of historic and natural interest.

Whether you are staying in the capital Lisbon, visiting the wine-growing regions of Porto and the north or the southern sun and beaches of the Algarve reasonable, clean hotel accommodation is at your fintertips.

For visitors to the offshore islands of Madeira and the Azores check here for accommodation deals.


Agua de Moura
Caldas da Rainha
Castelo de Vide
Costa da Caparica
Figueira da Foz
Miranda do Douro
Ponta Delgada
Santa Clara a Velha
Santa Clara-a-Velha
Serra D'el Rei-Peniche
St Antonio da Caparica
Viana do Castelo
Vila Nova de Gaia

August 16, 2006


Brazilian migrants make up the largest foreign community in Portugal, with over 160,000 Brazilians living in the country. Over one third of the total are undocumented.

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Last week the Portuguese government moved towards legitimizing the residence status of undocumented migrants, most of whom are from the Portuguese-speaking nations of Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome e Principe.

The announcement of the new Immigration Law coincided with the summit meeting in Brasilia between Brazilian President Jose Inacio Lula da Silva and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa.

The new law will require foreigners to enter Portugal in possession of promise of an employment contract, or to have received offers from the "Bolsa de Empleo", which will be published on the Internet by the Institute of Employment and Professional Training.

The new legislation also grants residence permits to undocumented immigrants who are already "effectively employed in the legal labour market," or are running their own enterprises.

Visas can now be renewed at city government offices, rather than only at the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) offices.

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June 19, 2006

World's Largest Solar Plant

World's Largest Solar Plant.
The world's largest solar power plant is set to be built in southern Portugal.

The 60-hectare, 11-megawatt plant located in Serpa, south of Lisbon, opens in January 2007 and will produce enough energy for 8,000 homes.

Serpa is located in the region of Alentejo, one of Europe's sunniest places.

The scheme is a joint project of U.S. energy companies GE Energy and PowerLight Corporation, and Portugal's renewable energy company Catavento.

Portugal plans to open more solar power plants in the future in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

A plan to build a much larger solar power plant in nearby Moura has been under consideration for some years but has yet to be finalized.

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May 6, 2006

Estoril Open

Portugal's largest tennis tournament, the Estoril Open comes to a climax tomorrow.

The clay court tournament brings together some of the biggest names in men's and women's tennis and is an important warm-up for the Grand Slam tournament in France.

The men's tournament began in 1990 and past winners include some of the greats of clay court tennis such as Carlos Moya (2000), Alex Corretja (1997), Thomas Muste r(1995, 1996), Carlos Costa (1992, 1994), Sergi Bruguera (1991) and Emilio Sanchez in the inaugural tournament in 1990.

The women's tournament started in 1998 and previous champions include Lucie Safarova (2005), Emilie Loit (2004) and Magui Serna (2003, 2002).

The championships are held at the 5,500 capacity
Estadio Nacional
1495 Cruz Quebrada
Phone: +351 800 21 10 10
Fax: +351 21 303 49 30

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April 9, 2006

Lisbon Lounge Hotel

The Lisbon Lounge Hostel, is an award-winning, new budget hotel in Lisbon.

Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Located in Cais do Sodre, the hostel has four mixed dorm bedrooms for four to six guests each and one double room.

There are two bathrooms with three hot showers and three toilets, plus a washbasin with hot running water in every room.

The hostel offers free Internet access, a free locker in the reception, a laundry service, mini bar, breakfast and an open kitchen.

Lisbon Lounge Hostel
Rua de Sao Paulo, 111
Lisbon, Portugal

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March 29, 2006

Cascais Apartments

Our luxury accommodation includes two self-catering apartments, Casa dos Navegadores and Casa Portuguesa. These holiday rental homes provide all the modern conveniences in a beautiful landscaped location within walking distance of activities such as sailing, horse riding, golf, tennis, water sports, hiking, walking, biking, cultural events and much more! Our guests are within minutes of the delights of Cascais while enjoying the seclusion of Quinta da Marinha and a spectacular sea coast.

Casa dos Navegantes


Double bedroom with en suite WC/Shower,
Large living room with a fireplace and TV,
Wood for the fireplace is available at no extra cost,
Fully equipped open-plan kitchen,
Tableware/cutlery for 4,
Electrical oven and hob,
Electrical kettle,
Washing machine/Dryer,
Private parking.


Daily domestic cleaning and change of towels,
Change of bed linen twice a week,
The host will always be available for solving any requests,
A bottle of local wine, a bottle of mineral water, fresh flowers and seasonal fruits are complementary,
Rates include continental breakfast served on the veranda of the main house or in the garden (weather permitting). Breakfast includes freshly squeezed orange juice, a choice of tea or coffee, fresh bread, cheeses, hams and preserves and marmalade,
The time for breakfast can be discussed upon arrival,
Please let us know of any special diets so that we may accommodate your needs,
Extras may be arranged at an extra cost,
No telephone or internet access in the apartment - internet connection is enabled in the veranda area of the main house and may be accessed at a charge of €10 per hour,
Satellite TV (BBC News 24, BBC I & II, Golf Channel, Travel Channel, Sport Nation, ITV 3, CNN, Sky News, Euro News, and more),
DVD player and selected DVDs available on request.

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March 20, 2006

Portuguese Embassy in London

Portuguese Embassy in London

Portuguese Embassy in London

Portuguese Embassy in London
11 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PP
Tel: (0207) 235 5331

Nearest underground station is Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly Line.

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February 19, 2006

Europe's Biggest Drugs Bust

Drug Lords - Buy this book from Amazon In Europe's biggest cocaine bust to date, 8,000kg of raw cocaine have been seized by Portuguese police in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal and a number of Spanish nationals arrested.

The Iberian coastline is the preferred means of entry into Europe for South American drug cartels.

According to official figures, 5,000kg (11,000lbs) of cocaine had been seized by police in Portugal this year compared with 15,000kg (33,000 lbs)in 2005.

Neighboring Spain ranks third in the league table of confiscated cocaine with 46.6 tonnes -behind only Colombia and the United States. In addition Spanish authorities seized 646.7 tonnes of hashish - 50% of the world total of confiscated hashish in 2005.

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February 17, 2006

Anime in Aveiro

This weekend Anime Weekend an exhibition of Japanese culture takes places in Aveiro.

The event, which is sponsored by the Japan Embassy in Lisbon, will take place in the Fairs and Exhibitions Park and includes showings of popular Japanese animated cartoons (known as anime), workshops of origami and shiatsu, exhibitions, and even a Japanese restaurant serving Japanese food.

Aveiro is a twin city with the Japanese city of Oita in Kyushu.

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February 12, 2006

Rock in Rio 2006

Rock in Rio 2006.
Portugal's huge summer rock festival, Rock in Rio 2006 will be held May 26 and 27 & June 2-4 at the Bela-Vista Park in Lisbon.

Festival tickets are priced at 54 euros a 2-day pass is 90 euros. Tickets will be available beginning in March.

Performers announced so far include Roger Waters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rui Veloso, Carlos Santana and the Brazilian group Jota Quest.

Rock in Rio Official Site

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January 31, 2006

Snow in Portugal

Snow in Portugal.
Portugal has been suffering from some of the worst snowfalls to hit the country in recent memory.

The resort town of Figueira da Foz saw its first snow in more than 50 years. As temperatures plunged across the Iberian peninsula, Lisbon recorded its first snow flurries since 1954.

Snow blocked some of the nation's highways including the Santarem-Coimbra road.

Portugal's only ski and snow resort is in the Serra da Estrela, mainland Portugal's highest mountains. The area is a National Park with beautiful hiking trails in the summer and some piste at Covilha in the winter.

There are trains to Covilha from Lisbon taking between 3 hours 20 minutes and 4 hours 30 minutes, depending on the train. There are also bus connections to the capital.

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January 23, 2006

Cavaco Silva Wins Presidential Elections

Anibal Cavaco Silva, previously Prime Minister of Portugal from 1985 to 1995, has won this Sunday's presidential election.

Mr. Cavaco Silva replaces President Jorge Sampaio, a Socialist, who has served two five-year terms.

The center-right Cavaco Silva won 50.6% of the vote ahead of two center-left candidates Manuel Alegre and former President and Prime Minister Mario Soares – the Socialists’official candidate - who came in a disappointing third.

Anibal Cavaco Silva is the first right-of-center president of Portugal since the 1974 Revolution.

January 18, 2006

Lisbon Casino

Lisbon Casino.
The new Lisbon Casino, located on the site of the former Future Pavilion at Nations Park, will open April 19, 2006.

The casino cost 100 million Euros, which the managers hope to recoup within 18 months of the official opening.

50% of the gambling revenue will accrue to the government and Lisbon City Council.

The nearby Estoril casino, which opened in the 1920s, is the largest in Europe with lavish cabarets as part of the evening's entertainment.

Portugal has casinos in the following towns: Figueira da Foz, Madeira, Povoa de Vazim, Praia da Rocha, Espinho, Vilamoura and Montegordo.

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