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  1. Off the beaten path

    Posted Apr 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is a very different sight. More than a dozen men in training whites are working up a sweat on a full-sized football pitch. Lounging is the last thing on their minds. Cascade, just outside Lagos in the Western Algarve region of Portugal, is no ordinary five-star hotel. The resort offers facilities for relaxation, including a spa and gourmet restaurant, but also several sports academies, a gym ...

  2. Iberians in the 'land at the edge'

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and to a mouthwatering date with some tip-top tika-taka football. Portugal versus Spain should be a grudge match like no other, more so as it to be played among the slag heaps of that bizarre and distant ... with Peter Simpson How fickle the winds of football fortune. Just when you thought it was safe to dream England would book a date with Germany in the semi-finals and send you back ...

  3. Where the wind blows

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and car-tourers make a beeline for this windswept corner of the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost province. A few kilometres from Sagres, the ruggedly beautiful wilderness of Cape St Vincent ... a reminder that the Algarve hasn't escaped the financial turbulence affecting the rest of Portugal. Estate agents have begun offering price reductions- an ominous sign in a region where property ...

  4. Portugal sells stake in electricity company to China

    Posted Feb 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and China's energy industry. The Redes stake sale is part of various assets sales under Portugal's austerity program. Portugal obtained Euro78 billion of bailout money from the European Union ... of the world's largest hydropower project, won an auction in December to buy 21 per cent of EDP-Energias de Portugal for Euro2.69 billion. EDP is a major power producer in Brazil. State-owned China ...

  5. Mysteries of Lisbon

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Clarence Tsui Mysteries of Lisbon Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos, Clotilde Hesme, Ricardo Pereira Director: Raul Ruiz First things first. Contrary to most reports about this film, Mysteries of Lisbon is not the final film Raul Ruiz made before his death i ...

  6. Minister tries to entice investment in Portugal

    Posted Sep 11th 2010, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra The minister of state and finance for Portugal was in Hong Kong yesterday to drum up interest for investments in the beleaguered economy and to assure investors about its ... to convey the message that Portugal has already faced several difficulties in its past, we were able to overcome those difficulties, and we will do it again.' He talked to investors about ...

  7. perfect 10

    Posted Jun 08th 2004, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam 1 Vila Nova de Gaia Oporto- or 'Porto'- is Portugal's second city, but the undisputed capital of its wine trade. Confusingly, however, the world famous port ... their observation towers and at 76 metres this is one of the tallest in northern Portugal. It commands easily the best view of the city and the River Douro- if you can make it up the 225 steps ...

  8. Buyers still looking for a luxury lifestyle

    Posted Nov 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Peta Tomlinson It's been said that Portugal is viewed as a relatively 'safe' property market, which ticks boxes for today's risk-averse investors. But the nation ... and Standard & Poor's all downgraded Portugal's long-term credit rating this year, and when house prices faltered in June, after four consecutive quarters of growth, concern over debt ...

  9. Brilliant Algarve heading for bigger things

    Posted Jul 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Owner Siu Pak-kwan took a chance at the Jockey Club's International Sale in 2007 and that gamble started to pay off when David Hall unveiled a three-year-old with some serious potential in Algarve. Well backed as 2.8 favourite on debut ov ...

  10. Sick as a parrot but hope is up ahead

    Posted Jun 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... England's attacking play and their breakdowns on the final pass, I knew instantly I had witnessed far, far better football in the stadiums dotted elsewhere in Poland and Ukraine. The Germans would ... expressing resignation all round and accepting quietly that England are inferior to more advanced football nations, if truth be told. Still, this English foreign adventure will be memorable ...




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