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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

AlmaVerde's lime kiln

AlmaVerde’s lime kiln


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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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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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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.

Beliche beach and cliffs, Sagres


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The Aljezur Sweet Potato Festival: worth a visit

Each autumn, Aljezur celebrates the sweet potato and its importance to the community by holding a Festival.

The 2011 event ran from Thursday to Sunday, from midday to midnight, except on the Sunday, when it closed at 9 pm. It takes place in the Espaço Multiusos, a vast, one hundred metre long metal shed set among steep wooded hills with views across the valley to the old town and castle.

 


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Top 10 reasons to relocate to Portugal’s Western Algarve

1. Climate

3,000 hours of sunshine per year, cooling ocean breezes to moderate the summer heat, and seasonal rainfall all contribute to a great climate. No wonder Andalusians have been snapping up holiday homes in the area!

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Boca de Rio Beach
 


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Specialists highlight the rich ecology of Sagres, Portugal

Specialists in ornithology, botany, geology and marine biology will be highlighting the hidden natural world of the Sagres peninsula in a series of discussions scheduled for 2nd October at 2:30 pm, as part of the Sagres Birdwatching Festival.

A Eurasian  (Upupa epops) pecking a branch

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Spring Walks in the Algarvian Countryside

Spring Flowers in Algarve

Spring Flowers in Algarve

Walks in the Parque Natural de SW Alentejo e Costa Vicentina (PNSACV) this spring

Spring is always a fantastic time to be out and about in the Algarvian countryside, but, with the epic rains that we have had this winter, the stunning landscape of the Costa Vincentina and S W Alentejo has rarely looked more beautiful than it does right now. The rains have produced a burgeoning growth and flourishing variety of wild flowers and grasses.


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