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Positive about PortugalLooking back on 2014, people living in Portugal should have a lot to feel positive about. For a small country with a relatively small population, Portugal, and the Algarve region in particular, knows how to get itself noticed.

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thumbsA Times columnist recently pointed out that compared with any period in the past half century, the world as a whole is “healthier, wealthier, happier, cleverer, cleaner, kinder, freer, safer, more peaceful and more equal.”

Probably true. Trouble is, that kind of news doesn’t sell papers and attract advertisers.

Guadiana International Music Festival - Oct 24/25/26With just over a week to go we are moving into top gear at the Guadiana Festival with a line up of acts published on the web page today.

We now have over 40 musicians performing at the Quay, Alcoutim in the eastern Algarve during the weekend 24 to 26 October, with bands and performers from Faro, Huelva, Villa Real, Ireland, Belgium, Alcoutim and some boat people with no fixed abode.

Women & Success SurveyIn 2013 the Women & Success project created, in partnership with the Group of Social and Organizational Psychology of the University of Algarve, coordinated by Gabriela Gonçalves, Ph.D, the first national survey which aims at analysing the levels of women's satisfaction with their personal and professional life, in Portugal.

This study seeks to bring to light how women perceive their overall fulfilment; to what extent they feel there are opportunities for their personal development and in how they manage to balance out these two dimensions, the personal and the professional.

4828Algarvedailynews receives many letters from readers across the world. The especially lovely one reproduced below arrived from a frequent winter visitor from Canada whose appreciation of the Algarve made me think that some expats are in danger of forgetting the many reasons why we live here.... Ed. 

  "I love, love, love to tell you how much I love Portugal and, in particular the Algarve.  I particularly enjoy going in the winter months to avoid the bulk of tourists, the higher temperatures and to get some significant bargains, which is a huge bonus.  

To me, once you have experienced a "vacation", which is really much more like a visit to a second home, it is hard to embrace the type of all-inclusive resort trips where one sits by the pool for days on end mellowed by watered-down rum or a  cruise, where you rarely get away from the banquet, let alone off the ship.