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What's New on HeyPortugal
Hope you did not fall for too make pranks today, their have been a few around and with social media they get shared very fast now. The one that made me smile was in the Portugal Resident, who reported a meeting to take place today that was going to announce the EN125 in the Algarve to becoem a toll road...at least I hope it is an April Fool,
News and Weather will be posted on our Facebook page - Hey Portugal Magazine. We also run a group on facebook - Viva na Costa da Prata, members can post things that are going on in the area and general information and chats. You can also advertise Classified items for sale on there for free so if you are having a clear out then get posting your unwanted items. There are lots of new items on there now.
Don't forget the Book Exchange at our office in Caldas da Rainha. You will find us on Google Maps. There is a charge of 1 Euro per book, or 50c if you bring one in to swap. All the proceeds will go to Caldas da Rainha Bombeiros and the fund is growing nicely.
Foreign Currency Direct plc have been helping people get better rates for the past 15 years and have won awards for Best Currency Deals, Best Exchange Rates and Best Currency Provider.
If you are planning a purchase in Portugal, the uncertainty in currency rates at the moment can be worrying. You can protect your rate by purchasing your Euros now before you come out to Portugal. If you don't want to buy all your Euros immediately, for a small deposit you can secure the current rate for up to a year from now at an agreed rate - Buy Now Pay Later
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This Week's News
March has seen 4 terror attacks from different groups. 13 March a bombing in Ankara, Turkey left 37 dead and 125 injured; 19 March a suicide bomber killed 5 and left 36 injured in Istanbul, Turkey; 35 poeople killed and over 300 injured in Brussels on 22 March in 3 separate bomb attacks, Brussels airport remains closed 10 days later; and on 27 March another suicide bombing killed at least 75 people and injured more than 340 at a park in Lahore, Pakistan.
Rodovan Karadzic has been found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity over atrocities that Bosnian Serb forces committed during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995. He was scentenced to 40 years in prison, he is 70 years old. CNN
Today, Britain increased the minimun wage from £6.70 to £7.20, the Brexit campaigners have made this into a reason to vote 'OUT' as they believe this will encourage more EU migrants seeking higher UK wages. Reuters
Portugal comes out well in the new Nanny State Index in position 20 of 28, whilst the UK is in position 3.
A huge state-of-the-start training ground to be used by Portugal’s 22 national football teams was officially opened on Thursday in Oeiras. Named Cidade do Futebol it contains 3 and a half football pitches,two gyms, as well as restaurants, offices and auditoriums. Portugal Resident
The Euro has made further gains against its GBP counterpart and is benefitting from the negative feeling surrounding the UK economy at present. It is a far cry from 12 months ago when it was the EUR that was suffering against a wave of negativity and at the time, the future of the Eurozone and the single currency looked bleak. During that period it was seemingly inconceivable to think that if you fast forwarded a few months, we would be witnessing almost the polar opposite. The Eurozone still has concerns over their current inflation levels and with growth forecasts still relatively weak and unemployment not decreasing with any haste. The current trend will not last forever and we are now trading close to some of the best levels we’ve seen for EUR sellers over the past couple of years. Please contact
at Foreign Currency Direct for more information and to secure your rate.
A high likelyhood of rain from Saturday afternoon until Monday and then during next week the sun should come out until the following weekend and then we may get rain again - are you seeing a pattern? Thursday should see the highest temperatures of the week. Brollys for the weekend and parasols for the weekdays. Met Office weather alerts and reports are posted on our facebook page.
This week the Obidos Chocolate Festival has begun, Miranda do Corvo car boot is on Sunday, International Ladies, Silver Coast Walking Group, Monte Redondo Ladies and Silver Coast Friends all meet during this week. On Friday is the Table Top sale in Foz do Arelho and Solid Gold play at the Caravela. Next weekend is the Lisbon Classic Motor Show, Insua Car Boot Sale, Central Portugal Art and Craft Fair among other events. Loads of summer music festivals are listed so don't forget to book your tickets early. 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'Leclerc. 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.
If you are thinking of selling, we advertise on International Sites as well as through our website and social media.
If you are looking for a good value property for holidays, rental or retirement close to the coast, this could be worth a look. The property has a small driveway, car port and rear garden with BBQ area. It is a three bedroom, two bathroom property with the added bonus of full size attic. The house is in a small urbanisation close to cafes and the countryside. The property is only a couple of kilometeres from the lovely Obidos Lagoon, 2.5km from Caldas da Rainha and a short drive from the lovely seaside town of Foz do arelho. The house has a lounge, bathromm and kitchen diner on the ground floor, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and an attic space with velux windows. The house is well priced and would definitely be worth a look.
Looking round our website is relatively easy and you can search by price, land size, building plot size or just put in location.