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There is a chill at nights now, but the daytime weather is still giving us some lovely sunshine and great sunsets. For anyone reading this in the UK or Northern Europe - our night temperatures are about the same as your daytime ones. Wish you were here?
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Hey Portugal has opened a Book Exchange at our office in Caldas da Rainha. If you fancy popping in to our office you will find us on Google Maps. Here are some of the authors we have on our shelves - Forbes, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Chrichton, Cornwell, Dick Francis and Maeve Binchy. There is a small charge but all proceeds go to the Bombeiros.
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This Week's News
The ongoing saga over who will govern Portugal will continue into the weekend - I am sure we said that last week too. But the President has announced the date for the Presidential election to find his successor after his 2 terms in office. it will be on 24 January. Algarve Daily News
The news has been filled this week with updates following the Paris attacks last Friday that left 130 dead and many more wounded. The ISIS attacks started on Thursday with suicide bombers killing 40 in Beiruit and injuring many more.
ISIS have made threats against a number of European countries in the past 24 hours, and all EU Foreign offices have issued additional warnings to travellers about being vigilant. Extra security checks are being carried out at all EU airports and extra police will be seen around major cities and tourist attractions, including in Portugal. If you are travelling in the near future then be sure to leave extra time for the airport check-in and security.
French borders are still closed, as the country wide State of Emergency stays in force. If you have plans to drive through France you need to be ready for dealays as you will have to pass through border checks.
The hostage situation today in Mali has been linked to Islamic Terrorists. The seige in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamaku, the capital of Mali, saw 170 people held by Terrorists, at least 27 people died at the scene but the rest have now been released. The situation is being contained by Special Forces as this newsletters goes out. EuroNews
EU Leaders are today (Friday) discussing the possibilities of tightening border checks within their borders, after it was shown that the Paris terrorists travelled freely through Europe. EuroNews
US President Obama is also in talks this weekend with Asian Nations, and has stated the the ISIS threat will be on the agenda.
The Greek government have approved reforms that will allow them to get the next tranche of the International Bail out. EuroNews.
Euro exchange rates remain cautious after Paris attacks and are steady before Mario Draghi speaks. ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts released yesterday showed that more stimulus was discussed at the October meeting although there’s nothing new in this which explains the lack of market reaction. Whilst France remains in a state of emergency more raids in France and Belgium continue following last Fridays’ terrorist attacks. The Euro remains slightly under pressure as a result and the decision is yet to be made as to whether the state of emergency will continue.The Euro started the week at around 1.42 against the GBP and rose to over 1.43 on Tuesday and has continued to bounce around the 1.425 / 1.430 mark since then. Please contact
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A week of above-average temperatures for most of the country. The Silver Coast could experience some strong winds on Saturday, and Western Coastal areas may have a few showers. From Monday through to Friday, most of the country should expect sunny days with a little cloud during midweek. Remember that Met Office weather alerts and reports are posted on our facebook page.
This weekend there is plenty of variety for things to do. The Christmas Lights will be switched on in Caldas da Rainha and Sao Martinho do Porto on Saturday Night, around 10pm. In Alcobaca is the International Sweet and Liquor Fair, Antique Market in Sao Martinho, Lisbon Art, Mais Jazz and a Model Railway Demonstration in Caldas da Rainha. Next week is South Africans in Porto, Silver Coast Walking and English Language Pub Quiz in Lisbon. Don't forget all Municipal Holidays are listed in Hey Portugal Calendar as well as more detailed information about these events and more things to do.
Hey Portugal Property is our Real Estate Agency and is based in Caldas da Rainha, near E'Lecerc. We can sell or find you a house and offer a personalised service that goes the extra mile. Like our facebook page to find out more.
Do you have a ruin or renovation for sale - many of our buyers are looking for a property they can put their own stamp on. If you are thinking of selling, we advertise on International Property Sites as well as through our website and social media pages.
A great opportunity this week. This house has been partially restored with new roof, and the upper floors painted on the outside. internally, much of the downstairs has been stripped out of old walls and the old kitchen. If you take a look at the pictures, many of the internals are the BEFORE pictures as we are waiting for the AFTER ones. The house comprises of 3 bedrooms, lounge kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs is the adega and several partitions and a garage. There is a lovely walled garden with fruit trees and a well and some good outbuildings. The property is positioned in the village of A Dos Francos close to Caldas with coffee shops, mini market, chemist and bank.