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Expats living in the Algarve are unlikely to suffer from SAD, but for around one in ten people in Northern Europe, it’s a serious and debilitating condition. Do you have the symptoms of SAD? Believed to be caused by lack of exposure to natural light, it can severely affect a sufferer’s quality of life….
Many villages schoolhouses built in the Algarve around the 1940s have been decommissioned. But with a little imagination a number have the potential to be converted into charming homes – that’s if you can find one for sale...
Looking back on 2014, people living in Portugal should have a lot to feel positive about. For a small country with a relatively small population, Portugal, and the Algarve region in particular, knows how to get itself noticed.
’Tis the season to be jolly... and there’s a jolly lot of goings on this month in the Algarve. Christmas fairs and markets are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Christmas: there’s more happening in the Algarve this month, a lot more - so take a peek and see what there is to do...
Christmas markets are popular for Christmas shoppers searching for unusual and unique Christmas gifts and decorations, and the Algarve is no different.  Meet some of the people behind the creative crafts available at some of this year’s Christmas fairs, bazaars and markets.
In the Algarve’s Monchique hills the local authorities are allowing a disused 17th century convent to fall into ruins, whilst 120kms east in Tavira, a similar building has been preserved over the years by a succession of owners and it’s currently up for sale at €2.25m. What’s the deal?
Christmas shopping is a unique and festive experience at Algarve Christmas fairs and markets. Spare a thought for the ladies (and a few gents) who work their socks off for months, creating unusual gifts and tasty wares to sell at a Christmas fair, market or bazaar. Think of the effort, investment and talent needed to make some of the excellent crafts that they display. 
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping! During the coming weeks there are Christmas fairs and markets across the Algarve, featuring the interesting, the unusual, the unique and of course the edible! Find out about the Algarve’s Christmas fairs…
Throughout history, the Portuguese have affected the advancement of education and educational facilities, both nationally and outside of Portugal. Learn more about Portugal’s history and education today in the Algarve.
Christmas is just around the corner and here’s your chance to make sure you’ve got a good selection of Christmas music to play over the festive season and help two Algarve charities at the same time.