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Europe’s latest tech hub and entrepreneur paradise is Portugal! You’ll never guess why…

Portugal is Europe’s newest tech hub. But you wouldn’t know it if you didn’t know where to look.

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AlmaVerde’s traditional, working lime kiln

AlmaVerde is a traditional area for lime production
The remaining lime kiln on site was restored in 2001
Eating Montpellier snake not a good idea!
Using wood as a fuel makes production very labour-intensive

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AlmaVerde’s lime kiln


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Portugal: Europe’s newest tax haven for retirees

Attracted by a new tax regime, Europeans from high tax jurisdictions are now flocking to Portugal
Benefits include tax exemption of pensions and other foreign passive income
Domestic income from high value-added occupations is taxed at relatively low flat rate

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The Portuguese and their fish Part II: beach casting and cliff fishing

With fishing in their blood and families to be fed, many Portuguese, including former commercial fishermen, take to beach or cliff fishing as ways to continue casting their bait in the hope of a tasty meal.

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A22 tolls fiasco symptomatic of wider Portuguese roads policy failure

EU declares illegal the charging of tolls on formerly free Portuguese motorways
A new A22 toll charging system to be introduced in 2014 to replace the one implemented less than 2 years ago
Portugal has four times more kilometres of motorway per inhabitant than the UK
FT asks why Portugal spent so much money on motorways only to choke off use with unaffordable tolls

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The Portuguese and their fish Part I: bacalhau, Boston and business

Why Portugal buys its cod from the Norwegians and Russians
Why you may not get to eat the fish that you order
How the EU catch has been shrinking but the Portuguese catch has grown

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Mediterranean diet promotes a longer and healthier Life

Holidays are often seen as a time for indulgence and the Algarve offers visitors the best of both worlds; you can enjoy delicious local produce and try speciality dishes, yet much of the food served in this region is rich in nutrients and beneficial to health. Portugal may not have a Mediterranean coastline, but the traditional fare is similar to that of the Mediterranean diet popular in Spain, Italy and Greece.

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Individual enthusiasts put the Western Algarve on the sea cliff climbing map

The reputation of the Western Algarve as a mecca for active water sports is well established. Each sport has its particular beach venues – Castelejo, Amado, Arrifana and Monte Clerigo on the West Coast for surfing, Martinhal near Sagres for wind-surfing and the Alvor Lagoon for kite-surfing.

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AlmaVerde Holiday Rentals: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

1.       Do AlmaVerde villas have wi-fi?

A few villas have unlimited wi-fi access. There is also a wi-fi hotspot in and in front of the reception building, and an internet-connected PC available for use during reception opening hours. In addition, wi-fi routers and pay-as-you-go pens are available from reception against a refundable deposit. A router enables multiple devices – computers, mobile phones, games consoles – to enjoy simultaneous wireless access from the villa or any other location. You only pay for the time that the router is switched on.


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The A22 toll saga and the toll-free “alternative” route

Continuing its protest against the introduction of the A22 tolls, the Algarve’s Left Bloc is taking to the N125 on 25th July to highlight the many “black spots” and to stress the need for urgent improvements, if the N125 is ever to be a viable toll-free alternative to the A22.

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