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

Villa park: Vilacampina’s Moorish-style exterior

B&B and Beyond: Vilacampina, Portugal

This Moorish-style guesthouse is a sophisticated base for exploring the region's natural delights, says Katie Monk

The Big Six: Portuguese retreats

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Deals of the week: Costa del Sol, Algarve, Land of the Midnight Sun

Less than £200... For the price of £169pp, BA Holidays has four nights of warm winter sun in Spain on the Costa del Sol. It includes flights from Gatwick on 5 March and self-catering accommodation at the Benalmadena Palace, which has a pool and beach, close to Torremelinos. Britishairways.com

Snow covers the Trocadero gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Deals of the week: Paris, the Algarve and Northern India

Less than £200... Armed with The Independent’s latest 48 Hours in Paris, take  Eurostar from London St Pancras on 26 January for two nights in the French capital for £193 – including B&B at the two-star Hotel Americain, close to Place de la République. Upgrade the train for £104 per person. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Wanted 'cocaine plot' Briton Lee Dryden held in Portugal

A Briton wanted by police over an alleged multi-million pound cocaine smuggling plot in 2007 has been arrested in Portugal after a separate haul of the drug was found on a yacht.

Phillips Idowu looms large over visitors to the Westfield Centre near the Olympic Park yesterday

Charles van Commenee reveals that he was close to dumping Phillips Idowu from Team GB squad

Head coach irritated by fitness saga but insists he had to give triple jumper chance to 'fulfil his dream'

Phillips Idowu yesterday posted this video of himself in a gym session

Idowu injury worries deepen

The odds about Phillips Idowu making the 2012 Olympics – or at least making them in anything approaching medal shape – lengthened yesterday when it emerged the former world triple jump champion would be staying in London to have private treatment to "an ongoing injury" instead of attending the British athletics team's pre-Games "holding camp" at Monte Gordo in Portugal.

Phillips Idowu: The Hackney
triple jumper is receiving
treatment from a private physio

Phillips Idowu doubts grow as injury keeps him away from camp

The odds on Phillips Idowu making the 2012 Olympics – or at least making in them in anything approaching medal shape – lengthened yesterday when it emerged the former world triple jump champion would be staying in London to have private treatment to "an ongoing injury" instead of attending the British athletics team's pre-Games "holding camp" at Monte Gordo in Portugal.

Forest fires threaten holiday resorts in Portugal

Flames threaten apartments, hotels and houses above Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. A school was among buildings to be evacuated.

Cerca do Sul is surrounded by lawns and an orchard

B&B And Beyond: Cerca do Sul, Alentejo, Portugal

This charming guesthouse is the perfect base for exploring the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, says Susannah Osborne

Taxi driver's Madeleine McCann 'sighting' ignored

A taxi driver who believes he picked up Madeleine McCann the night after she vanished has claimed that Portuguese police ignored his report.

Madeleine McCann before her disappearance in 2007, and what she might now look like as a nine-year-old

Kate and Gerry McCann speak of fresh hope over Madeleine

Kate and Gerry McCann said today they have "no doubt" that the Portuguese authorities will eventually reopen the investigation into their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Simon Calder: Should you beware Greeks bearing beers?

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Family getaway: Portugal's Algarve

Travel Challenge: Half term in Portugal

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a family holiday in Portugal during half term. Prices are based on two adults and two children travelling. Each package includes flights from the UK on Saturday 2 June, transfers and a week's accommodation.

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