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Holger Steppacher As a state-registered masseur, lymphatic drainage and reflexology therapist I treat my customers at home or at their holiday homes in the Algarve. The treatments I offer cover both acute and chronic ailment, support for athletic activities or as a complement to your well-being on holiday. Read the Full Story
Martin's E-Bike always looking to Expand Six months down the line since opening in May of this year Martin's E-Bike is expanding on all levels. The E-Bike and normal bike sales and rentals have gone very well this season, which has enabled for another concept, which comprises of placing all the rental bikes, used during the season on sale, allowing people the possibility to buy at a lower cost. This campaign went so well that there are only a few left!! Read the Full Story
Meravista with 14,000th properties 14,000th property goes live on Meravista Specialist Algarve property and lifestyle portal reports strong growth in its first eight months thanks to holiday home and expat markets 19 November, 2013 – London and the Algarve - Algarve property portal Meravista reports strong growth after its first eight months in business and now has more than 14,000 properties listed on the site. Read the Full Story

Meravista: The New Marketplace for Algarve Real Estate

Meravista LogoMeravista, a new property website that caters exclusively to people searching for property in the Algarve in Portugal, is set to launch, and it's doing things a little differently.

Meravista is a brand new property search portal focused exclusively on Algarve property in Portugal, from traditional farmhouses to contemporary villas. What makes the service stand out is its unique map-based search function, with the help of which users can zoom into specific areas of the Algarve to see the range of properties for sale there.

Meravista will soon be available to browse in a number of languages, including German, Dutch and Spanish.

Founder Anita van Huson explains: “We created Meravista because we saw that there was a large gap in the Algarve property market for a site that provided buyers with a simple way to search for property online.”

“Looking for the ideal home shouldn't be difficult! That's why we set up our innovative map-based search, which allows users to see more than just the property online. It lets you see the area in which your potential new home is located.”

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Algarve Tourist Board supports Better Living in Portugal exhibition

AFPOPWith the new schemes by the country’s tourism agencies focussing more on expatriates, including the “Living in Portugal.com” initiative aimed at increasing foreign investment in the country, the regional tourist board Turismo do Algarve, recognising the importance of exhibitions as a way to interact and communicate with the region’s foreign resident and business communities, will be supporting afpop’s Better Living in Portugal exhibition (BLiP) for the first time in its thirteen year history.  Turismo do Algarve also intends to be at BLiP as an exhibitor to promote the work that it is doing to raise the profile of the region as a holiday destination and a place to live.

Turismo do Algarve will promote the exhibition through its website and Facebook page and also in the regional events guide, as well as providing space on its outside promotion stands throughout the Algarve and in the Tourist Information Bureaus.

afpop is delighted to welcome Turismo do Algarve to BLiP and looks forward to helping to support the initiatives being developed to encourage tourism and promote Portugal as a destination of choice for those who are seeking to relocate.

The Better Living in Portugal exhibition will be held in Portimão on the 5th and 6th October and more information can be found on www.betterlivinginportugal.com or by visiting the afpop website www.afpop.com and clicking on the link on the home page.

   

Building Biology

Building Biology - Christina KuhnIt’s a science largely unknown to the mainstream, and its roots lie in the atrocities of world war. In 1941, after the House of Commons was destroyed in a bombing raid, Winston Churchill was quoted as saying: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”. He was referring to the need to restore the historic edifice and return it to its former glory. But the quote, in itself, holds the key to a philosophy that developed in Germany during the aftermath of the war. It took years, but very slowly investigators realised that families housed in cheap new homes, quickly built to accommodate the growing population, all suffered in one form or other, from “unusual patterns of illnesses”. These illnesses were all attributable to problems with the electrical systems of the new houses, claimed researchers. Rapid construction had “given materials insufficient time to outgas various volatile organic compounds (VOCs)”, and these VOCs instead harmed the occupants.

A small group of architects and experts began to catalogue and characterise these VOCs, and what emerged was the Standard of Building Biology, a list of recommended threshold guidelines for sleeping areas - the places where the human body is most sensitive to external influences, and where it spends a large amount of time. Building biology was introduced into the United States in 1987, and it now has an official international institute, with two streams of certification available. Unsurprisingly, it has not been universally embraced.

Some of its practices actually conflict with the International Building Code, and there are those in the field who maintain that the insurance, building material and chemical industries are behind pressures that keep unhealthy building practices legal...

So where does that leave us, when we are building or redesigning a house? Happily, in the Algarve, we have a resident interior architect, licensed as a planner in building biology. Christina Kuhn, 47, started life as a specialist in lighting design. She is also an artist. But the attraction of building biology grew over time, and she qualified at the Okozentrum Hamm institute for sustainable building.

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New afpop Cookery Courses

Following the Press Release:

Following the successful cookery course held at the Portugal Tourist Board's Catering and Hotel Management College in Faro at the end of November afpop announces 2 further dates for additional courses that have been arranged with the College. The first will be held in Faro on Tuesday 30 April and the second at the College in Portimão on Tuesday 7 May.

Both courses will start at 08.30 with a visit to the market to purchase ingredients, then on to the College for a presentation about the course and advice on cooking techniques before starting the food preparation and cooking.

Suggestions for the starters are: Scampi with tartar sauce and a shot of lemon grass; Monkfish kebab with white butter sauce; Razor clams with aneth foam.

For the main course the suggestions are: Octopus casserole with seafood; Pork tenderloin confit with citrus.

The dessert is: Carob tart with honey.

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Better Living in Portugal

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BLIP (Better Living In Portugal) exhibition

Date: 4-5 October 2014
Where: Portimão Arena
Website: BLiP

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