algarve

Insights into what is involved in buying, selling & living in Portugal

The Algarve International School

The Algarve International School aims to raise the standard of education in the Algarve. With twenty highly qualified teachers and a prestigious location in the Algarve’s Golden Triangle, moments away from elite golf courses, the beach and the Ria Formosa nature reserve, the new school is a popular choice. Ethos The Algarve International School was born out of the coming together of four colleagues with respect and admiration for one another, to build a project for the education and well-being of children. Read more →

International Schools in the Algarve

Deutsche Schule Algarve Deutsche Schule Algarve is a bilingual (German/Portuguese) international school. Curriculum: German Languages of instruction: German, Portuguese Ages: 5 to 18 Yearly fees - 2020/2021: Fees not public. Eden Montessori International School Eden Montessori International School in Albufeira is the first of its kind in Portugal, offering authentic Montessori education in both English and Portuguese for children in groups of ages 3-6 years and 6-9 years. Read more →

The Waldorf school near Lagos

A Collective Dream - Escola Livre do Algarve Portugal: In 2008, a group of parents from children of the local Waldorf kindergarten Infancia Viva decided it was time to go further with Waldorf education. Together they created the Escola Livre do Algarve, which opened with just one class and nine children. Read more →

Story Forest School

Story Forest is a multilingual outdoor learning centre for children aged 3 – 11 in the beautiful Western Algarve. The Story Forest is located in the municipality of Aljezur, Portugal. Situated in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, a large natural park that extends along the western coast of the Algarve, Aljezur is a small agricultural town lying on the fertile plains that border the Aljezur river. Read more →

Nobel International School Porches

Nobel International School Algarve As the largest private boarding and day school in southern Portugal, at Nobel International School Algarve Lagoa and Almancil we provide our students with an educational experience that challenges their minds, inspires their creativity and instils a desire for discovery that will last a lifetime. In fact, echoing Portugal’s celebrated history of exploration, the theme of “Discovery” guides every aspect of academic inquiry and campus life at Nobel Algarve. Read more →

Heating and Cooling in the Algarve

A rough guide to assess your photovoltaic (PV) needs in the Algarve With ever-increasing energy bills, more people are considering the option of investing in a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system in order to generate their own power. Photovoltaic technology is fast-improving in viability, leading to a rise in interest which in turn has seen a number of companies offering solar solutions. Read more →

Earthquakes and Tsunami

Earthquake risk study reveals dark scenario PRELIMINARY RESULTS from a study assessing earthquake and tsunami risks in the Algarve have revealed that a tremor like the one experienced in 1755 could lead to around 3,000 fatalities and make 27,000 people homeless in the region (See The Resident, September 7, 2007). Read more →

Legalisation of illegal buildings

The last year(s) I am confronted, in my capacity as estate agent, more and more with properties asked to promote to sell, which after having studied the paperwork turn out not to be 100% legal or having all the necessary licenses in place. In general the amount of outbuildings on a property are not in line what the paperwork shows or after checking what has been approved by the local Town councils certain parts a license was never applied for. Read more →

Building restrictions in Portugal

Building restrictions in the past In the old days “before 1994” we were used that planning consent could be obtained on nearly every plot of land as long as it had a kind of approval of the local Ministry of Agriculture that part of the land could be used for the construction of a house. Read more →