Shmygal discussed with the Prime Minister of Portugal military and financial assistance to Ukraine

Among the key topics of conversation were military and financial assistance, sanctions pressure on Russia and European integration of Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal discussed military and financial assistance to Ukraine with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa.... Read more

Will the rest of the EU join Portugal in treating British travellers as equals?

Arriving in an EU country these days invariably involves a dull thud of remembering that no, you cannot simply zip through the speedy passport e-gates but are instead consigned to the ‘third country’ queue for manual checks. Long lines and... Read more

Portugal to treat British travellers as EU citizens at borders to cut airport queues

Portugal has broken ranks to become the first EU country to defy Brexit by treating British holidaymakers the same as EU citizens at its borders. The Portuguese government has opened its e-gates to British travellers, enabling them to be fast-tracked... Read more

Why old-fashioned hotel swimming pools need to be cancelled

The hotel’s towels are washed only on request, the buffet breakfast includes freshly baked organic bread, and the pre-dinner cocktails are suffused with herbs from the kitchen garden. Most hotel welcome packs now include elaborate details of how your stay... Read more

Portugal’s best-kept secret: The pretty seaside town you’ve never thought to visit

The Hotel Guadiana is now the Grand House, its light-filled rooms recreate the glamour of its past and its bar delivers the best Martini in town. Last year saw the opening of a Pousada within four of the historic 18th-century... Read more

Ignore the middle-class naysayers – fly-and-flop holidays have never been better

Minimum sightseeing Like buskers, cultural wonders will only make you feel guilty for ignoring them. Dubai may be preferable to Rome, for example, if you intend to spend all day beside your hotel pool. Water  Proximity to pool or sea... Read more

The 20 best family holidays abroad for 2022

How to do it: Red Savannah (01242 787800; has several beautiful gulets for charter, sleeping up to 20; while Blue Cruise (020 8968 7770; offers affordable shared cruises Entry requirements? Entry without testing for the fully vaccinated and under-12s;... Read more

Why Portugal is the expert’s choice for red wine with character

‘The Douro reds fly out. Especially Quinta de Val da Figueira Reserva 2010, which is ridiculously good value. Our customers know, if they like wines that are dark and structured, these have lots to offer,’ says Donald Edwards, head sommelier... Read more

Travel to Portugal: latest Covid rules and holiday advice once you are there

Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a Covid-19 test to travel to Portugal, reducing the hassle of preparing for your holiday. Meanwhile, health experts say the country has now passed the peak of the omicron surge and there... Read more

The maps that could hold the secret to curing cancer

“The lung cancer and smoking connection is very clear, so why in other cancers that have a strong link with tobacco are we seeing such surprising differences?” asks Pablo Fernández-Navarro, the lead co-ordinator of the atlas from the Spanish side.... Read more

Four-day week trial set for Portugal after ruling Left-wing party wins snap election

Portugal is expected to launch trials of a four-day working week after a surprise landslide election victory for the governing Socialist Party in a snap general election on Sunday. Prime minister António Costa’s, who has spent six years in charge... Read more

Portugal could bring in four-day week after ruling Socialist party wins surprise absolute majority

Portugal is expected to launch trials of a four-day working week after a surprise landslide election victory for the governing Socialist Party in a snap general election on Sunday. Prime minister António Costa’s, who has spent six years in charge... Read more

How Covid ‘green passes’ work in Europe’s key holiday destinations

You can only obtain the super green pass with evidence of full vaccination or recent recovery, meaning a negative test result is no longer sufficient for unvaccinated people to ski in Italy. Austria has similarly tight vaccination requirements to access... Read more

Amazing places to stay for every type of holiday in 2022

The new year is upon us and things are already looking brighter for holidays. If you’re worried you’ve missed out on the buzz already, fear not. We have the low down on every kind of trip you might be thinking... Read more

Jasmine Harman: ‘I said, “Portugal? I don’t even speak Spanish!””

After the summer, I signed up for a course to learn Portuguese and moved into a farmhouse annex in a lovely little village called Ludo, where I embraced living like a local. Through my job, I became very well-connected and many... Read more

20 fabulous family holidays for 2022

The first weekend of January, as tradition dictates, is spent vacuuming up pine needles and poring over calendars at the kitchen table for the annual family holiday planning session – which this year has an additional fizz of excitement about... Read more

What European health passes mean for your holiday – and how you get one

If you’re travelling to another European country in the coming weeks or months, don’t get caught out by its rules on domestic health passes. You might not be able to dine indoors at local restaurants, visit the top museums or,... Read more

The European countries taking a draconian approach to omicron

As the temperature drops across the Continent, the desire to reintroduce Covid-19 measures is hotting up amid a surge in omicron cases. While the UK has ruled out introducing new restrictions before Christmas, this is not the case across Europe.... Read more

Covid outbreak forces Portuguese team Belenenses to start with nine men and lose 7-0 in 46 minutes

Benfica’s Primeira Liga match on Saturday night was abandoned in the 46th minute in farcical scenes after opponents Belenenses-SAD started the game with just nine players and went 7-0 down before the game was eventually called off. A Covid outbreak... Read more

The rise of the spa retreats that help you upskill as well as unwind

Rocket your relationships  A few days with clinical therapist Sarah Tilley may be the equivalent of years of counselling – and so much more fun. Her bespoke private “couple consciousness” and group therapy retreats take place in the UK and... Read more