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Your Algarve News Highlights - January 27th 2024

Your Algarve News Highlights - January 27th 2024

Dear Reader,


Here is your weekly news overview…

Lots of wind, not enough water

Wind farms in Portugal are continuing to break records with more energy being generated on January 16th than on the previous all-time record day, October 17, 2023.


The energy produced from wind on January 16th 2024 accounted for 63% of Portugal’s total electricity needs, according to REN, the national grid operator. On the same day, wind together with other renewable sources generated 88% of the national and local electricity consumption. This is a highly laudable achievement when so many other countries are producing far less in the battle against climate change.


Worldwide, greater use of wind and solar energy as well as advancements in green hydrogen production, are vital in the transformation from fossil fuels. Wind energy is predicted to significantly increase in major countries, with Canada, the United States, China, India and the United Kingdom increasing their offshore capabilities.


Developing countries are also expected to follow Portugal’s example and rapidly adopt renewable energy policies. As in the major countries, much of this has been invigorated by more energy demand and heightened awareness of the destructive impacts of climate change.


Parts of Portugal and elsewhere in the European Union have been experiencing severe or extreme droughts. This has added urgency to an EU plan to promote water availability through management technologies, says the Portuguese Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes.


She reportedly presented a list of proposals at a recent meeting of EU Council agriculture ministers to implement measures such as reducing water loses in distribution systems, optimising storage and transport infrastructures, reducing water for non-potable purposes in the urban, tourist, industrial and agricultural sectors, and investing in desalination plants.


The European Commission will launch a Water Resilience Initiative in March. It will include a series of immediate actions and a public debate on achieving water resilience.


According to the European Drought Observatory, referred to in the Portuguese proposals, about 42% of continental Europe is in a state of warning and about 8% in a state of alert, with a particularly worrying scenario in the EU’s southern countries, which are plagued by prolonged water shortages.


Future measures are expected to be funded both by the EU Commission and by private companies. All this will be reassuring, especially to farmers, but also ordinary domestic water users being threatened with reduced supplies and increased costs.



Portimão: Woman's body found on the beach

The body of a woman was found on the beach of Praia dos Três Irmãos, in Portimão yesterday evening, at around 6:45 pm.


The emergency services were called, and the corpse was removed and taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine in Faro. The identity of the woman and cause of her death are being investigated.



Albufeira: Two teenagers arrested for robbery

The GNR arrested two young people aged 16 and 17 this Monday for robbery at a commercial establishment in Albufeira.

When GNR were called to the store, they discovered that a 19 year staff member had been threatened with a sharp weapon, and several items had been stolen from the establishment.

Following police investigations, the GNR located and detained the two suspects and managed to recover the stolen goods, as well as the objects used to carry out the robbery.



Monchique: Bio-waste collection campaign is launched

Within the scope of the RecolhaBio program, the Municipality of Monchique have developed a strategy for the management of bio-waste produced in the municipality, which is based on collection at origin and the production of compost, either through individual or community solutions.


According to the municipality, the aim of this project is to make use of the bio-waste produced locally (domestic composting; community composting); provide a collection network for bio-waste and produce compost locally, with community participation.

The Municipality will provide 1000 7 litre buckets for domestic use and 200 domestic composters free of charge, upon registration.

The equipment will be available from January 27th, at parish councils and municipal warehouses (only for registered residents).

Registration can be done online, on the municipality's website, or in person at the parish councils or at the one-stop shop, or by calling 282 910 200.

In addition, 6 community composters will come into operation on the same date, in the following locations: Alferce – next to the Polidesportivo; Marmelete – in front of the Home; Monchique – S. Pedro, Mercado Municipal parking, Ceiceira and S. Roque.

The “Food Surplus: There’s More to Give!” campaign counts on raising awareness in schools and training and clarification sessions with the population, both on the methodology, routines and benefits of domestic composting (with free provision of domestic composters and buckets, for use by community composters, to participating citizens), with a view to the goals to be met in the country, through the Strategic Plan for Urban Waste 2020/2020+.



Rare €2 coin could be worth more than €2,500

There is a 2007, Monaco minted €2 coin that has become one of the most sought after and valuable pieces in any coin collection, fetching  over €2500 from collectors.


In 2007, Monaco minted a €2 coin that commemorated the 25th anniversary of Princess Grace Kelly's death and had a circulation of just 20,001 copies, all in proof quality and presented in its own case. Its value has reached 2600 euros, according to experts.


Numismatics, the science of coins and medals, continues to be a passion for collectors and investors, and the coin market is followed by many collectors. Collections of ancient coins can reach very high values, but there are also contemporary coins that can be worth significant amounts, especially if they are rare or commemorative examples. 


For a coin to have a value substantially higher than its nominal value, it must present several specific characteristics, such as circulation size, edition, presence of errors, rarity and, often, historical relevance, such as tributes or celebrations.


It is very important to seek guidance from a numismatic specialist to understand the characteristics of the coin and its true value, as only specific examples can reach high values, and appropriate advice helps to avoid possible fraud.


A striking example lies in commemorative coins. Eurozone countries have the possibility of issuing two commemorative coins per year, as Monaco and Lithuania did with the 2 euro coin.


The €2 coin was issued on July 1, 2007 and consists of a nickel core coated in nickel-brass, with a cupronickel ring. It weighs 8.6 grams, has a diameter of 25.75 mm and a thickness of 2.2 mm.



Olhão: Man sentenced after he tried to kill a man who helped him

The Court of Appeal in Évora has sentenced a 27 year old man for a crime of attempted murder and for a crime of threat, when he stabbed a man that helped him get up from the ground after falling.


 The man, a barber was sentenced to 6 years and 2 months in prison, following an appeal to a single sentence of five years in prison by the Public Prosecutor's Office.


The case dates back to November 6, 2021, when the defendant, after drinking Medronho brandy and beers, left a cafe in Olhão and fell to the ground on the public road.


In a statement published on the Faro District Attorney's Office portal, the Public Prosecutor's Office states that “the victim, who knew the defendant, approached him and helped him off the ground, and to sit down. The victim then turned his back to the defendant. The defendant got up, took out a bag containing half of a pair of barber's scissors, walked towards the victim with the scissor in hand and threatened the man, saying “I'm going to kill you”, “I'm going to make a mess of you”. He struck him twice on the right side of the neck and made two blows to the victims right shoulder blade.


The Court of Appeal of Évora said in a statement that they "placed special emphasis on the fact that the defendant struck after the victim had helped him get up from the ground, the fact that he already carried the murder weapon with him; the energy put into carrying out the action and its consequences”.



More news next week!




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New head of English Freemasons in Portugal

Pierre Caeiro has been appointed the new head of the English Freemasons in Portugal. He was invested during a meeting of the Lagos based Lodge of Discoveries held at the Tivoli Hotel, Lagos on Thursday 18th January.



NHR, out with the old and in with the new

The surprise announcement by the Portuguese prime minister that he saw no value for the Non Habitual Resident (NHR) regime and it would cease at the end of the year was swiftly followed by the surprise announcement that he would be resigning. 



The First Duke of Bragança - A Right Royal Bastard

Afonso, the first duke of Bragança, began life as the illegitimate son of João, master of the knightly order of Aviz, who was himself the illegitimate son of D Pedro I, king of Portugal (1357 – 1367). In a sense, Afonso was then a double bastard.  But after 1640, his descendants would supply fifteen monarchs to Portugal.



Currency Market Update - 25th January 2024

Pound Sterling reached a 4-month high yesterday against The Euro after a mixed bag of PMI results across manufacturing and services sector for both The UK & EU. Across the board results showed a decline in these sectors throughout Europe, whereas manufacturing and services in particular in The UK saw a surprising increase, paving the way for Sterling to climb.



Why the D2 entrepreneur visa is complementing demand for Portugal’s prized Golden Visa

An intoxicating combination of 300 days-a-year sunshine, quality of life, high quality schools and great healthcare has long made Portugal a desirable place for high net-worth individuals and their families.




3 bedroom apartment in the heart of Carvoeiro, with pool, garage, only 250m from Carvoeiro beach

This spacious and light  2nd floor apartment of 137m2 with terrace, communal pool, lift and private garage parking space, is located in the heart of Carvoeiro, just a short stroll from restaurants, bars, shops and only 250m from the beach.



For sale: 3 bedroom detached villa with garage on Oasis Parque, Portimão

This well presented detached villa for sale is in a sought after location, which lends itself to a relocation property or a holiday home.



An Exclusive Property on Amendoeira Golf resort

This beautiful villa benefits from a private garden with swimming pool and is designed for comfort, with tranquil shaded courtyard, large open plan fully equipped kitchen / living room and ensuites to each bedroom. Fully furnished and equipped to an impeccable standard and with access to all amenities within the resort including gymnasium, tennis and clubhouse.



Prestigious, Modern 3 Bedroom Apartment In Vale de Lobo

This luxurious, first-floor apartment in Vale do Lobo epitomizes elevated living. Nestled within the esteemed golf resort, it enjoys a privileged location within walking distance to tennis facilities, pristine golf courses, the sun-drenched beach, and the vibrant praça adorned with enticing restaurants and bars.



5 Bedroom Quinta with Pool, in Odiaxere

This 5 bedroomed, 4 bathroomed Quinta is in the sought after village of Odiaxere, a few minutes drive from Lagos with its numerous bars, restaurants, shops and stunning beaches.



Alvor: Fabulous home, under construction in the beautiful Monte Canelas

Under construction, this modern home, with stunning architecture boasts a spacious 255m2 of internal living space, on a plot of 845m2.




afpop Events for the month of February 2024

Here are some new events, scheduled for this February.



‘Moving to Portugal’ Show & Seminars - 14th March 2024

Discover the allure of Portugal at the ‘Moving to Portugal’ Show & Seminars, to be held in London on 14th March, 2024.



Associação Animais Guia needs your support!

The AAG Charity shop in Guia are desperately looking for Volunteers, Shoppers and donations for their fabulous shop opposite the Guia Football Clube restaurante.



Captivating Impressions: Karen Wride's Art Exhibition Unveils at Quadro Molduras in Almancil

Prepare to be immersed in a world of vibrant emotions and captivating landscapes as Quadro Molduras proudly presents an exclusive exhibition, featuring the works of esteemed artist Karen Wride. Known for her impressionistic flair, Wride's collection will grace the walls of Quadro Molduras, renowned bespoke framers and a haven for high-quality craftsmanship.



The Internet of Things - Feb 3rd & 4th, in Silves

Shake off those winter blues by coming to watch this hilarious show, The Internet of Things, all about what can, and does, go wrong with modern electronic technology.



Cooking workshops at Figs on the Funcho

We have two upcoming cooking workshops at Figs on the Funcho, an Ottolenghi-Inspired Workshop and a Falafel Making Workshop. Reserve your place now!



Portuguese Cultural Production Golden Visa Seminars - Jan 16th & Feb 13th

The Portuguese Cultural Production Golden Visa – which has long been part of the Golden Visa’s investment options - is garnering more and more attention from international investors.




To see more info about events coming up in the next few weeks, check out

My Guide Algarve's event calendar


For latest information and advice regarding crime, wildfires and the Covid-19 pandemic, visit the

Safe Communities Portugal website


Everything you need to know if you are moving to, living in or visiting the Algarve.

AngloInfo website


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