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Praia da Rocha's Bela Vista Hotel "the most beautiful in Portugal" says CNN

BELAVISTAIn a recommendation that will boost an already enviable profile for Praia da Rocha’s Bela Vista Hotel, CNN has chosen it as one of the 20 most beautiful in Europe – and the most beautiful in Portugal.

According to the CNN analysis, "Set in a pristine environment in Praia da Rocha, Bela Vista was the first hotel to open in the Algarve, back in 1934. Since then dozens of luxury hotels have appeared but the eclectic charm of this boutique hotel is above all others.

Things To Do in the Algarve

Things to Do in the AlgarveAlgarve Holiday Fun offer Discounted Tickets for Attractions & Events Across the Algarve.

Our new 2016 Guide is now available. CLICK HERE to view it.

Enjoy the Algarve - May issue now available!

Enjoy the Algarve - May issue now available!Feeling stressed? Chill out by reading the May 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Body & Soul!

In it, we focus on how to be zen in the south of Portugal. From yoga (or: how to do the vrikasana pose) and meditation (the Algarve's best spots) to alternative ways like naturism (yes, that's walking around butt naked) and herbalism.

Panama papers: the power of the press

newspapersPortugal’s corrupt, tax-evading, money-laundering politicians, administrators and businesses this week suddenly found themselves in distinguished international company, ranging from the presidents of Russia, China and Ukraine and the kings of Saudi Arabia and Morocco, to international stars of sports and entertainment.

All praise to the hard, honest work done by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in exposing 11.5 million files, 140 politicians from more than 50 countries and offshore companies in 21 tax havens. ‎It may be only a matter of time before it is revealed that Vladimir Putin, José Sócrates and others have been taking greed-enhancing drugs.

Six reasons expats are moving to Portugal

carvoeirobeachDeciding to uproot and move to a different country isn’t an easy decision to make, and yet it’s one that millions of Brits have made.

As many as 4.7 million Britons are currently living abroad, having chosen to say goodbye to the UK’s temperamental weather in search of sunnier climes and a more relaxed way of life.

Portugal can offer a lot to expats; here are six reasons why Portugal is increasingly becoming the place to start again.

The times they are a-changin’.......... and about time too

storkscopulatingThe Easter just past is likely to be one of the last of its kind. Leaders of various branches of the Christian Church are nearing agreement on making Easter a permanent, unique fixture instead of a moveable feast.

For more than 1,600 years it has wavered around weekends in March and April depending on the ecclesiastical full moon and the type of calendar used.

Finally - FREE Pool Heating!

Finally - FREE Pool Heating!Everybody knows that heating a pool costs a fortune, and up to now a pool heater was not a good device to run on solar.

But SHS have found the solution...FINALLY....FREE Pool Heating!

New 'Discover Portugal' course at the University of the Algarve in collaboration with AFPOP

lisbonmapPortugal’s largest Foreign Residents’ Association, AFPOP, continues its collaboration with the University of the Algarve (UAlg), with the creation of a part-time course for foreigners entitled ‘Discover Portugal’.

The course, which begins on Thursday 31st March and runs for 13 weeks, will introduce many aspects of Portugal, its people, history, culture and gastronomy to those foreigners who have chosen to make Portugal their home.