Coronavirus Covid – 19 in the Algarve

We have had lots of people contact us (thank you!) asking if we are ok … we are fine, we have chosen to self-isolate and look after each other (and Kat the dog) for the next couple of weeks and see whether things escalate.

We thought we would create a quick post and share with you some useful links that have good sensible information available for these unprecedented times.


Safe Communities Portugal – this is an independent crime prevention association providing dedicated information and support services to the community. They have daily and sometimes hourly updates on their website and Facebook Page


Good Morning Portugal – this is a daily radio show and podcast. The host Carl Munson has decided to focus his daily podcasts on updates on the current situation. He is relevant, sensible and entertaining – and recommended viewing!

Catch him via his website, YouTube channel and Facebook Page

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Taking a Break

Well we have been busy! Moving house is not for the faint-hearted out here – but we are delighted with our move to the beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful west coast … and with beaches like this on our doorstep .. can you blame us?!

Monte Clerigo Beach - Dave Sheldrake Photography

We have been writing this blog for eight years now .. and we have decided to take a break for a while and then decide what to do next …

Fear not .. we will keep the blog ‘live’ and all of the content is still here for you to read and research through – why not use the search button or the categories on the right if you need to find out something specific?

Praia Amoreira - Dave Sheldrake Photography

Thank you to all of you that have supported us over the last eight years.

And we will be back in touch soon … hopefully with new plans, new ideas – and some exciting news!


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Moving House

Moving House

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Safe Village – Safe People

The “Safe Village – Safe People” programme has been launched which outlines self-protection measures for the population in the event of a rural fire affecting people and their homes.

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Following a recent meeting between Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) and the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, a publication in English has been produced that covers a number of important topics including action to take: if a fire approaches your home; if you get surrounded by a fire; if you are near a fire; if you are confined inside a building, and action in case of evacuation. For those living in high risk areas the recommendation is to have an evacuation kit available.

Although this may sound dramatic, it is a fact that fires have been gradually encroaching into rural areas over the last few years hence the change of name from “forest” to “rural”. It’s therefore better to be prepared. Continue reading

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Kat the Dog at the vets

For those of you that know us well – you will know that we adopted a little rescue dog over three years ago now. Kat is a Spanish Water Dog; she is a beautiful sweet girl, and she is a very important part of our family, and much loved.

We are sharing this post to give you some important links and recommendations, as well as letting you know what has happened as it may help someone else and their dog too.

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We had used the same vets here in the Algarve since we adopted Kat. Almost a year ago we noticed a fatty lump appear on her back and mentioned it to the vet. “Oh, that’s ok, it’s just a fatty lump, just keep an eye on it” we were told. Fast forward to last November when her annual jabs were due, and a different vet at the practice glanced at it again but didn’t seem at all bothered by it, joking that as she was a ‘little bit’ overweight, that was where the fat had come from in the lump.

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10 Facts about the Carnation Revolution you may not know

  1. The 25th April is a national holiday, also known as ‘Freedom Day’ (Portuguese:’Dia da Liberdade‘)


  1. On the 25th April 1974 what initially began as a military coup to overthrow the Estado Novo (‘New State’) regime, was supported by an unprecedented civil campaign of resistance, resulting in the fall of the Estado Novo, and ended the rule of Marcello Caetano, who had assumed the country’s leadership from dictator António Salazar five years earlier.

  1. The ‘Carnation Revolution’ (Portuguese ‘Revolução dos Cravos ‘) is so called because almost no shots were fired and when the people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship, carnations were put into the muzzles of rifles and pinned onto the uniforms of the army.

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10 Year Permanent Residency

Can it really be five years ago that we blogged about gaining our 5 year Certificado de Registo?! – see this post – R is for Residency – for more information about that process, as if you are a national of a European Union country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and you remain in Portugal for a period of more than three months, you must request a Registration Certificate (Certificado de Registo) from the Local Câmara or Council of your area of residence. This document formalises your right to reside in Portugal.

After you have held a registration certificate for five consecutive years, you can request a Permanent Residence Certificate (Certificado de Residência Permanente) from the Foreigners and Borders Service or SEF (Serviço de Estrageiros e Fronteiras); which lasts for ten years and is renewable.

Well we knew that much information … so off we went to start the process .. and this post is the result of all of our research, teeth-grinding, hang-wringing and long periods of waiting. Be warned .. it’s a long post and that seems about right for the process we went through .. one that, in theory, should be quite simple to execute.

But the good news is … at the end of this … we are now ‘legal’ for the next ten years! So don’t give up hope!! Continue reading

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