News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

The Portuguese hot property guide

Iberia's smaller partner is home to a large number of residential Brits. William Raynor offers advice to those wishing to join them

Trail-blazing saddles

Six days in the stirrups on a ride across the south-west corner of Portugal left Victoria Pybus feeling sore but euphoric

Election '97 : Tories fishing for votes in the Algarve

John Rentoul on wooing the expatriates

From the fjords to the Algarve - Europhiles unite, and prepare to repel borders

Far be it from me to pontificate about Europe (the issue), as opposed to Europe (the place), but I'm going to anyway. My justification for doing so is that Europe is a topic that concerns travellers and tourists more than anyone else. And who isn't a traveller and a tourist these days?

How to become the proud owner of a slice of Europe

Advice on buying property abroad is at hand. By Geoffrey Pilgrem

Beyond a sun-bleached Algarve

Jonny Beardsall braves the back roads of Portugal in search of an antidote to the hectic beaches of the south

Travel Portugal: A full stop at the end of Europe

From the Land's End of continental Europe to the Spanish frontier, Simon Calder maps out the Algarve

Suicide gunman suspect in two murder cases

A middle-aged gunman who killed himself after a botched armed robbery was a dangerous criminal wanted for murders in Spain and Portugal, police said yesterday.

Fraud charge PC is found dead in forest

Suspended constable died in a fume-filled car

Take two travellers, give them two hundred pounds, and see how far they can go

You have cash, a few clothes and a passport. How far can you get, and how good a time can you have, in 48 hours? We set two Independent writers the task of finding out, each seeking to outdo the other and set a new trend for instant travel. The rules: Claire Gervat and Simon Calder were each allowed pounds 200. They started out at dawn on Saturday morning, from Victoria station in central London, aiming to get as far as possible and back in 48 hours. The money had to cover everything: transport, food and dr...

Letter: Periwinkle cure

From Mr Ernest Kinson

Police `ignored Brink's-Mat tip' two days after raid

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William Donaldon's Week: I'd amuse you and betray you

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William Donaldson's Week: Stuff Ibiza, I'm off to the Algarve

I'M IN THE Algarve (a four-ball later with the Patersons from Sandwich, a rubber of bridge thereafter) and this may surprise you, since you thought I was in Ibiza for Radio 4.

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David John Murray Wright, poet: born Johannesburg 23 February 1920; married 1951 Phillipa Reid (died 1985; one stepdaughter), 1987 Mrs Oonagh Swift; died Waldron, East Sussex 28 August 1994.
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